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Department Chair: Rita Mehta Department Manager: Stephanie Zakarian
Graduate Program Coordinator: Judy Straub Department Assistant: Eva Chudnow
Undergraduate Program Coordinator/Lead Advisor: Rexton Lynn Undergraduate Advisor:
Biology Teaching Laboratory and Facilities Support Technician: Nicole Hack
Department Office: (831) 459-5358 Administrative Office: CBB, Room 207, 209
Nicky Lustenhouwer
  • Title
    • Postdoctoral scholar
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • CSC Coastal Biology Building, 164
  • Mail Stop CBB/EE Biology

Biography, Education and Training

Postdoctoral scholar, University of California, Santa Cruz. Advisor: Ingrid Parker (2018-present)

Postdoctoral scholar, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Advisor: Tom Crowther (2017-2018)

PhD in Plant Ecology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Advisor: Jonathan Levine (2017) 

Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Evolutionary Biology (MEME, 2012): MSc from Uppsala University (Sweden) and the University of Montpellier 2 (France)

BSc in Biology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands (2009, with distinction)

Honors, Awards and Grants

Swiss National Science Foundation: Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship. Rapid evolution in response to native and exotic range expansion. Grant number P2EZP3_178481, 2018 - 2020.

Selected Publications

  • Lustenhouwer, N., Maynard, D. S., Bradford, M. A., Lindner, D. L., Oberle, B., Zanne, A. E., & Crowther, T. W. A trait-based understanding of wood decomposition by fungi. PNAS, in press.
  • Lustenhouwer, N., Williams, J. L., & Levine, J. M. (2019). Evolution during population spread affects plant performance in stressful environments. Journal of Ecology, 107 (1), 396-406. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.13045
  • Lustenhouwer, N., Wilschut, R. A., Williams, J. L., van der Putten, W. H., & Levine, J. M. (2018). Rapid evolution of phenology during range expansion with recent climate change. Global Change Biology, 24(2), e534-e544. doi:10.1111/gcb.13947
  • Lustenhouwer, N., Moran, E. V., & Levine, J. M. (2017). Trait correlations equalize spread velocity across plant life histories. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26(12), 1398-1407. doi:10.1111/geb.12662
  • Lustenhouwer, M. N., Nicoll, L., & Ellison, A. M. (2012). Microclimatic effects of the loss of a foundation species from New England forests. Ecosphere, 3(3), art26. doi:10.1890/ES12-00019.1