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Dr. Victoria Borowicz

Assistant Professor
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • BSC 499.Sec 017 Independent Research For The Master's Thesis
  • BSC 404.Sec 001 Population Ecology
  • BSC 404.Sec 002 Population Ecology
  • BSC 290.Sec 005 Research In Biological Sciences
  • BSC 599.Sec 017 Research In The Biological Sciences
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Species interactions involving plants.  Recent research concerns:
    • mycorrhizal fungi and plant-herbivore relations
    • resource limitation and the role of a hemiparasitic plant in prairie communities.
  • Ph D Ecology - 1986
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • State College, PA
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Fruit dispersal of two Cornus spp.: patterns and processes
  • MS Zoology - 1981
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • State College, PA
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Female choice in Gallus
  • BS Science & Environmental Change / Biology - 1977
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Green Bay, WI
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Suo, T.J., J. Sussman, T. Zarifis, J. E. Armstrong, & V.A. Borowicz. 2017.  Dasistoma macrophylla: Hemiparasite growth and impact on Acer saccharum and Quercus macrocarpa.  Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 144(4):385-391. 

  • Hembrough, A.M., & V.A. Borowicz.  2017.  Pre-dispersal seed predation by the weevils Trichapion rostrum and Tychius sordidus limits reproductive output of Baptisia alba (Fabaceae).  Botany 95: 809–817.  doi: org/10.1139/cjb-2016-0329.

  • Evans, B. & Borowicz, V. 2015. The plant vigor hypothesis applies to a holoparasitic plant on a drought-stressed host. Botany 93(10): 685-689
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