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Department of Plant Sciences

Daniel TekielaAssistant Professor and Extension Specialist of Invasive Plant Ecology 
Contact Information:


Email: dtekiela@uwyo.edu
Phone: (307) 766-3113

Daniel Tekiela

My extension and research program aims to better understand the ecology, impact, and management of invasive plants.  Specifically, I want to 1) develop tools to assist in both better prediction and detection of new invasions, 2) identify ways to foster healthy plant communities that are resistant to invasion, 3) quantify the ecological and economic impacts of invasive plants, and 4) create management and prioritization tools to reduce the negative impacts imposed by invasions.

Education

Ph.D. (2016) Virginia Tech, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science: Invasion Ecology

B.S. (2011) University of Illinois, Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences: Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Plant Science Department, University of Wyoming, 2016 – Current
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Tech. 2011 – 2016
  • Graduate Teaching Scholar, CALS, Virginia Tech. 2012 – 2015
  • Laboratory Research Assistant, ACES, University of Illinois. 2011
  • Invasive Plant Field Technician, Invasive Plant Control. 2010

Peer-reviewed Publications 

14. Kim W, Atwater DZ, Tekiela DR, Barney JN Allocation of resources into vegetative and sexual biomass in johnsongrass. In progress

13. Tekiela DR, Barney JN Variable demographics of a cleistogamous / chasmogamous plant above- and below-ground.  In progress

12. Tekiela DR, Post AR, Askew SD, Barney JN Ecological effects of long-term management of Japanses stiltgrass both above- and below-ground. In progress

11. Askew SD, Tekiela DR, Post AR, Barney JN Economics, efficacy, and eradication of a forest understory plant invader. In progress

10. Tekiela DR, Barney JN Are invaded systems forever changed? The legacy effects of invasive species. In progress

9. Tekiela DR, Barney JN Do methods matter?  The fragmentation of invasive plant ecological impact research. In progress

8. Tekiela DR, Barney JN Co-invasion of similar invaders results in analogous ecological impact niches and no interactions. In review.

7. Barney JN, Smith LL, Tekiela DR (2016) Weed Risk Assessments Can Be Useful, But Have Limitations. Invasive Plant Science and Management. In press 

6. Tekiela DR, Barney JN (2015) System-level changes following invasion caused by disruption of functional relationships among plant and soil properties. Ecosphere. 6(11)

5. Smith LL, Tekiela DR, Barney JN (2015) Predicting biofuel invasiveness: a relative comparison to crops and weeds. Invasive Plant Science and Management. 8(3) 322-333

4. Barney JN, Tekiela DR, Barrios-Garcia M, Dimarco R, Hufbauer R, Leipzig-Scott P, Nunez M, Pauchard A, Pysek P, Vítková M, Maxwell B (2015) Global Invader Impact Network (GIIN): towards standardized evaluation of the ecological impacts of invasive plants. Ecology and Evolution 5 2878-2889

3. Barney JN, Tekiela DR (2014) The authors’ reply. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(3) 154-155

2. Barney JN, Tekiela DR, Dollete ESJ, Tomasek BJ (2013) What is the “real” impact of invasive plant species? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11(6) 322-329

1. Tekiela DR, Barney JN (2013) Quantifying Microstegium vimineum seed movement by non-riparian water dispersal using an ultraviolet-marking based recapture method. PLoS ONE 8(9)

Book Chapters

1. Barney JN, Smith LL, Tekiela DR (2015) Using weed risk assessment to separate the crops from the weeds. CABI Invasive series No. 5 67-84

Professional Abstracts/Presentations

20. Tekiela DR, Barney JN (2016) A return to normal: Legacy effects of Japanese stiltgrass. Northeastern Weed Science Society. Philadelphia, PA

19. Barney JN, Tekiela DR, Dollete ESJ (2015) Testing the consequences of functional traits on landscape spread using a simulation model. Northeastern Weed Science Society. Williamsburg, VA

18. Tekiela DR, Barney JN (2015) Is ecological impact proportional to cover? A test of two invaders. Northeastern Weed Science Society. Williamsburg, VA

17. Tekiela DR, Barney JN (2015) Does methodology matter? A study of how methods influence invasive plant impact research. Northeastern Weed Science Society. Williamsburg, VA

16. Kim W, Tekiela DR, Barney JN (2014) Seeding an invasion: Resource-based propagule pressure. Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research Symposium. Blacksburg, VA

15. Tekiela DR, Barney JN (2014) An empirical test of a novel model to determine the total impact of an invasive grass. Weed Science Society of America. Vancouver, BC Canada

14. Tekiela DR, Barney JN (2013) Simulating invasion establishment and spread across a heterogeneous landscape with InvDER. Northeastern Weed Science Society. Philadelphia, PA

13. Tekiela DR, Barney JN Ecological impacts of exotic plants: Are two invaders worse than one? Northeastern Weed Science Society. Philadelphia, PA

12. * Tekiela DR, Barney JN (2013) Shade induced demographic variation of the invasive plant Microstegium vimineum. Northeastern Weed Science Society. Philadelphia, PA

11. * Schroeder M, Vengrin C, Fundaro G, Grossman M, Smith J, Tekiela DR, Ye L, Westfall-Rudd D (2012) Graduate Teaching Scholars: Preparing the next generation of faculty in higher education. Hawaii International Conference on Education, Hawaii

10. Post AR, Tekiela DR, Barney JN, Askew SD (2012) Microstegium management: Influencing forest community structure. Southern Weed Science Society. Charleston, SC

9. Tekiela DR, Post AR, Askew SD, Barney JN (2012) Is controlling Japanese stiltgrass worth it? Forest understory community response. Weed Science Society of America. Baltimore, MD

8. * Tekiela DR, Dollete E, Ho M, Barney JN (2012) Moving beyond basic risk assessments: A dynamic spatial-temporal model to mitigate bioenergy crop invasion risk. Weed Science Society of America. Baltimore, MD 

7. Tekiela DR, Barney JN (2012) A novel method to detect and quantify non-riparian water dispersal of the invasive grass Microstegium vimineum. Weed Science Society of America. Baltimore, MD

6. Tekiela DR, Dollete E, Tomasek B, Barney JN (2012) Change you can believe in: A novel empirical model to integrate invasive species impacts. Ecological Society of America. Portland, OR

5. Tekiela DR, Barney JN (2012) Non-riparian water dispersal as a mechanism for local dispersal and population expansion of the invasive grass Microstegium vimineum. Mid-Atlantic Ecological Society of America. Blacksburg, VA

4. Tekiela DR, Barney JN (2012) Novel detection method of the invasive grass Microstegium vimineum to quantify non-riparian water dispersal. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council. Auburn, AL

3. Tekiela DR, Post AR, Askew SD, Barney JN (2012) Economics, efficacy, and non-target effects of managing the forest understory invader Microstegium vimineum. Northeastern Weed Science Society. Philadelphia, PA

2. Post AR, Barney JN, Tekiela DR, Hensler K, Askew SD (2012) Response of Microstegium vimineum and neighboring forest plants to mechanical and chemical control programs. Weed Science Society of America. Waikoloa, HI

1. Davis AS, Tekiela DR, Schutte B (2011) Population modeling as decisions support tool for giant ragweed management. Northcentral Weed Science Society. Milwaukee, WI

* Presentations in poster form

 


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