Sugar maple forest canopy work in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Welcome to my website. I am Kevyn J. Juneau. I received my Ph.D. in Forest Science from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan and am a postdoctoral research scientist working with Casey Huckins and Amy Marcarelli at Michigan Tech. I am a certified associate ecologist and a plant community ecologist who is studying the ecology of invasive species. Much of what we know about life has been learned by studying the extremes. For example, the human nervous system was greatly understood by studying enormous squid axons. Invasive species represent an extreme in the plant world, and I use them to understand better the interactions between plants within a community and their interactions with the environment. I specifically look at how invasive species compete for and utilize resources when they are introduced to an environment in which they did not evolve. Understanding these interactions will shed light on how native plants assemble and succession progresses. This knowledge will also help conservationists and land managers undertake an integrated method of management to control unwanted species and to help restore ecosystem function.