Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science & Policy
Dr. Wildova is an expert ecologist who explored conservation issues in National Parks in Europe and then moved to North America to work on invasive species there. She helped establish the Ecological Research Institute (ERI) based in the Hudson Valley, which focuses on connecting research, management and policy in addressing invasive species, especially forest pests. A major emphasis of that work is involving land managers and citizen scientists in crucial conservation efforts (see Monitoring and Managing Ash program – www.monitoringash.org).
Dr. Wildova joined the Department of Environmental Science and Policy to share her passion for ecological investigation, provoke deeper curiosity, and help students hone their critical-thinking abilities. Her teaching takes advantage of her firsthand experience investigating environmental problems and solutions and gives students opportunities for placed-based learning in the Hudson Valley, for example exploring ecological effects of invasive species and approaches to mitigate their impacts. She especially enjoys involving students in her research, so that they can gain not just technical skills, but more importantly experience in asking and answering research questions.
Postdoctoral Associate, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York, 2012-2014
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, 2004-2007
PhD, Botany, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 2004
MS, Biology, Charles University, 1996
BS, Biology, Charles University, 1993
Lovett, G. M., Weiss, M., Liebhold, A., Holmes, T. P., Leung, B., Fallon Lambert K., Orwig, D. A., Campbell, F. T., Rosenthal, J., McCullough, D. G. Wildová, R., Ayres, M. P., Canham, C. D., Foster, D. R., LaDeau, S. L. and Weldy, T.2016. Non-Native Forest Insects and Pathogens in the U.S.: Impacts and Policy Options, Ecological Applications, 26: 5, 1437-1455. DOI 10.1890/15-1176.1
Elgersma, K., Wildová, R., Martina, J. P., Currie, W. S., Goldberg, D. E. 2015. Does clonal resource translocation relate to invasiveness of Typha taxa? Results from a common garden experiment. Aquatic Botany, 126:48-53, DOI:10.1016/j.aquabot.2015.06.008
Herben, T., Rydlová, V., Fér, T., Suda, J., Kyncl, T. Munzbergová, Z., Wildová, R., and Wild, J. 2014. Phylogenetic signal in fitness components and in their plasticity: Descurainia radiation in Canary Islands. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 174: 384–398.
Currie, W. S., Goldberg, D. E., Martina, J., Wildová, R., Farrer, E., and Elgersma, K. J. 2014. Emergence of nutrient-cycling feedbacks related to plant size and invasion success in a wetland community-ecosystem model. Ecological Modelling, 282: 69-82.
Mandák, B., Hadincová, V., Mahelka, V., and Wildová, R. 2013. European invasion of North American Pinus strobus at large and fine scales: high genetic diversity and fine-scale genetic clustering over time in the adventive range. PLoS ONE 8(7): e68514. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068514.
Wildová, R., Herben, T., and Goldberg, D. E. 2012. The contrasting roles of growth traits and architectural traits in diversity maintenance in clonal plant communities. American Naturalist, 180: 693-706.
Herben, T. and Wildová, R. 2012. Community-level effects of plant traits in a grassland community examined by multispecies model of clonal plant growth. Ecological Modelling, 234: 60-69.
Fei-Hai, Y., Herben, T., Wildová, R., Goldberg, D. E., and Hershock, C. 2012. Can we predict performance and spatial structure of two-species mixtures using only single species information from monocultures? Ecological Modelling, 234: 31-37.
Snow, A.A., Travis, S. E., Wildová R., Fér, T., Sweeney, P. M., Marburger, J. E., Windels, S., Kubátová, B., and Goldberg, D.E. 2010. Species-specific SSR markers for studies of hybrid cattails (Typha latifolia x T. angustifolia, Typhaceae) in North America. American Journal of Botany, 97: 2061-2067.
Sullivan, L., Wildová, R., Goldberg, D. E. and Vogel, C. 2010. Growth of three cattail (Typha) taxa in response to elevated CO2. Plant Ecology, 207: 121-129.
Tuchman, N., Larkin, D., Geddes, P., Wildová, R., Jankowski, K. J., and Goldberg, E. D. 2009. Patterns of environmental change associated with Typha x glauca invasion in a Great Lakes coastal wetland. Wetlands, 29: 964-975.
Goldberg, D. E., Wildová, R., Herben, T. 2008. Consistency vs. contingency of trait-performance linkages across taxa. Evolutionary Ecology, 22: 447-481.
Wildová, R., Herben, T., Gough L., Hershock, C., and Goldberg, D. E. 2007. How architectural and growth-allocation traits affect performance of clonal plants: an analysis using a field-parameterized simulation model. Oikos, 116: 836-852.
Wildová, R., Herben, T., and Wild, J. 2007. Fine-scale dynamics of rhizomes in a grassland community. Ecography, 30: 264-276.
Kyncl T., Herben, T., Suda J., Wild J. and Wildová, R. 2006. Population dynamics and clonal growth of Spartocytisus supranubius (Fabaceae), a dominant shrub in the alpine zone of Tenerife, Canary Islands.Plant Ecology, 186: 97-108.
Wildová, R. 2004. Below-ground spatial pattern of rhizomes in a grassland community and its relevance to above-ground spatial pattern. Plant Ecology, 174: 319-336.
Herben, T., Krahulec, F., Hadincová,V., Pechácková, S. and Wildová, R. 2003. Year-to-year variation in plant competition in a mountain grassland. Journal of Ecology, 91:103-113.
Suda, J., Kyncl, T. and Freiová (maiden name), R. 2003. Nuclear DNA amounts in Macaronesian angiosperms. Annals of Botany, 92: 153-164.
Wild, J., and Wildová, R. 2002. Interactions between dwarf pine shrubs and grassland vegetation under different management. Opera Corcontica, 39: 17-33.
Krahulec, F., Skálová, H., Herben, T., Hadincová,V., Wildová, R. and Pechácková, S.. 2001. Vegetation changes following sheep grazing in abandoned mountain meadows. Applied Vegetation Science, 4: 97-102.
Selected Recent Research Reports
Rosenthal, J. and Wildova R. 2020. Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) in LHPRISM: a platform to incorporate the search for EAB-resistant ash into an overall ash management strategy.
Wildova R. and Rosenthal, J. and. 2020. Pre- and post-treatment monitoring protocol for invasive plant species. Developed for NYC Department of Environmental Protection.
Rosenthal, J. and Wildova R. 2019. Monitoring and Managing Ash in SLELO: a platform for citizen science and land manager engagement, and a source of hope in the fight against EAB.
Rosenthal, J. and Wildova R. 2018. Monitoring and Managing Ash in the Catskills: A platform for citizen science and land manager engagement and a source of hope in the fight against emerald ash borer, report for CRISP.
Wildova R. and Rosenthal, J. 2018. Biological survey report for E. N. Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station.
Rosenthal, J. and Wildova R. 2018. Fine-tuning data-collection and analyzing data already amassed – making the Blockbuster as useful as possible, report for LHPRISM.
Rosenthal, J. and Wildova R. 2017. Relating eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) ecosystem services to stand attributes in the Catskills, report for CRISP.
Rosenthal, J. and Wildova R. 2016. Indirect effects of invasive forest pests: discerning patterns and processes to inform conservation strategies, research report for the Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY.
Recent Invited Lectures
2021 Rosenthal, J. and Wildova R. How to use Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) to conserve ash – even in areas hard-hit by EAB. Mountain Club and Beaverkill Valley Land Trust, NY.
2019 Rosenthal, J. and Wildova R. Eastern hemlock: its importance, threats, and responses. Claryville Event Center, Claryville, NY.
2019Rosenthal, J. and Wildova R. EAB-resistant native ash trees: incorporating them into an overall ash conservation/EAB mitigation strategy, Professional Turf & Landscape Conference and Trade Show, White Plains, NY.
2019Rosenthal, J. and Wildova R. Using the Monitoring and Managing Ash (MaMA) program to find EAB-resistant trees for propagation, Professional Turf & Landscape Conference and Trade Show, White Plains, NY.
2018Rosenthal, J. and Wildova R. Partnering with land managers to guide the search for EAB-resistant ash. Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative Conference, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
2018 Rosenthal, J. and Wildova R. Partnering with land managers to guide the search for EAB-resistant ash as part of the session designing successful citizen science programs. Food & Environmental Systems In-service, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
2017 Taking ecosystem services into account in prioritizing hemlock stand conservation, Columbia-Green County Community College, Hudson, NY
2017 Relating Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) ecosystem services to stand attributes in the Catskills, Arkville, NY. Co-presented with J. Rosenthal.
2016 Designing an invasive plant survey for LHPRISM needs: making the Blockbuster work for us, LHPRISM partner meeting, Teatown Lake Reservation. Co-presented with J. Rosenthal.
2015, 2016 Overview of invasive species and pathways of invasions. Lecture and hands on field research project how to evaluate herbivory pressure on native and invasive plant species for the Wildlife Ecology Research course at the Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station for high school students, Rensselaerville, New York, USA