My research interests lie at the nexus of community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and conservation biology. I focus on how human activities directly and indirectly alter the links within plant communities and between communities and ecosystem function. For more information on my ongoing and past research projects go here.

I am currently a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University, working with Dov Sax at Brown University and Steve Jackson at the University of Wyoming.

Latest news:

I am very pleased to announce that I have accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science & Biology at the College at Brockport, SUNY. My position begins Fall 2013. I am excited to get my teaching and research program underway, and I welcome any potential Great Lakes collaborators to contact me.

Check out secondary school learning modules on invasive wetland species, sediment macrofossils, and sampling plant communities that I developed with colleagues at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Brown University and Portage High School.

Latest papers:

Funk, J.L. and K.L. Amatangelo (2013). Physiological mechanisms drive differing foliar calcium in ferns and angiosperms. Oecologia. DOI 10.1007/s00442-013-2591-1. PDF

Waller, D.M, Amatangelo, K.L., Johnson, S., and D.A. Rogers (2012). Wisconsin Vegetation Database - plant community survey and resurvey data from the Wisconsin Plant Ecology Laboratory. Biodiversity and Ecology 4: 255-264. PDF