Jessica Gurevitch, Professor (CV)
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1982
Plant population and community ecology, research synthesis
Lab Website: Gurevitch Lab Website
Distinguished Professor Gurevitch is Co-Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and she was also Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolution from 2006-2012.
Her research spans several traditional categories within the field of ecology. While her work has always been concerned with addressing questions of basic scientific interest, she has connected basic research to issues with applied and conservation relevance. She has carried out both experimental and quantitative measurement studies to address fundamental questions about plant populations and communities, and worked extensively on statistical applications in ecology, particularly in research synthesis and meta-analysis, and in the design and analysis of ecological experiments. She has contributed to extensive field studies of the demography of disturbance-adapted species including pitch pines (Pinus rigida) in the Long Island, New York pine barrens, and biological invasions, on Long Island and in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York State, and more globally. Current work is particularly focused on the ecological implications, risks and potential benefits of proposed scenarios for climate intervention to reduce the impacts of global warming.
In addition to carrying out scientific studies, she has co-authored and co-edited books including Design and Analysis of Ecological Experiments (Scheiner and Gurevitch 1993, Chapman and Hall; 2nd ed. 2001, Oxford University Press), The Ecology of Plants (Gurevitch, Scheiner and Fox, Sinauer Assoc. 3rd ed. 2020) and Handbook of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution (2013, Koricheva, Gurevitch and Mengersen, Princeton University Press). In addition, she co-authored an early software package for meta-analysis in ecology (MetaWin 2.0, Rosenberg, Adams and Gurevitch, publ. Sinauer Assoc.) as well as an open-access package, OpenMEE (2013 with several collaborators).