Dr. David Gorchov with Eric Berry David  L.  Gorchov , Professor
Miami University: Department of Botany
336 Pearson Hall
Oxford , OH , 45056 United States
(513) 529-4205


(1987) University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

Plant ecology, invasive plants, population biology of harvested plants, and tropical forest management

Research Interests

My research centers in plant population ecology and extends into community ecology. One major focus is the invasion of forests by exotic plant species. I seek to understand the importance of the factors that shape the invasion process, particularly disturbance, landscape connectivity, and seed dispersal. I also study the interactive effects of invasive plants and high density white-tailed deer on native plant species.

Another research interest is understanding the effects of harvesting on populations of rare or economically important wild plant species, using demographic modeling and field experiments. Other interests include the regeneration of tropical rain forest after logging and seed dispersal by birds and bats.

My sabbatical research on the invasive Rubus phoenicolasius (Japanese Wineberry) was featured on the IUCN's Invasive Species of the Week, March 14-20, 2011. Japanese Wineberry pdf icon

Selected Publications

Gorchov, D.L., X. J. Rondon, F. Cornejo, R. L. Schaefer, J. M. Janosko, and G. Slutz. 2013. Edge effects in recruitment of trees, and relationship to seed dispersal patterns, in cleared strips in the Peruvian Amazon. Ecological Research 28: 53-65.

Castellano, S.M. and D.L. Gorchov. 2013. Using a stable isotope to label seeds and seedlings of an invasive shrub, Lonicera maackii. Invasive Plant Science and Management 6:.

Ash, J.D., D.L. Gorchov, and B.A. Endress. 2013. Assessment of sustainable leaf harvest from the understory palm, Chamaedorea radicalis. Southwestern Naturalist 58: 70-80.

Castellano, S.M. and D.L. Gorchov. 2013. White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginanus) disperse seeds of the invasive shrub, Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii). Natural Areas Journal 33: 78-80.

Castellano, S.M. and D.L. Gorchov. 2012. Reduced ectomycorrhizae on oak near invasive garlic mustard. Northeastern Naturalist 19:1-24.

Rondon, X.J., F. Cornejo, and D.L. Gorchov. 2012. Revisiting the Palcazu Forest Management Model and its sustainability for timber extraction in the tropics. International Forestry Review 14(3).

Gorchov, D.L., E. Thompson, J. O'Neill, D. Whigham, and D.A. Noe. 2011. Treefall gaps required for establishment, but not survival, of invasive Rubus phoenicolasius in deciduous forest, Maryland, USA. Plant Species Biology 26: 221-234 DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-1984.2011.00317.x

Christensen, D. and D.L. Gorchov. 2010. Population dynamics of goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) in the core of its historical range. Plant Ecology. 210: 195-211.

Rondon, X.J., D.L. Gorchov, and S.R. Elliott. 2010. Assessment of economic sustainability of the strip clear-cutting system in the Peruvian Amazon. Forest Policy and Economics 12: 340-348. doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2010.02.004

Wilfong, B.N., D.L. Gorchov, and M.C. Henry. 2009. Detecting an invasive shrub in deciduous forest understories using remote sensing. Weed Science 57: 512–520.

Rondon, X.J., D.L Gorchov, R.B. Noble. 2009. Projection of tree growth and timber volume following strip clear-cutting in the Peruvian Amazon. Forest Ecology and Management 257: 588-599. DOI:10.1016/j.foreco.2008.09.051

Rondon, X.J., D.L Gorchov, F. Cornejo. 2009. Tree species richness and composition 15 years after strip clear-cutting in the Peruvian Amazon. Plant Ecology 201:23-37. DOI:10.1007/s11258-008-9479-x.

Berry, E.J, D.L. Gorchov, B.A. Endress, and M.H.H. Stevens. 2008. Source-sink dynamics within a plant population: the impact of substrate and herbivory on palm demography. Population Ecology 50: 63-77.

Hochstedler, W.W., B.S. Slaughter, D.L. Gorchov, L.P. Saunders, and M.H.H. Stevens. 2007. Forest floor plant community response to experimental control of the invasive biennial Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard). Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.134: 155-165.

Slaughter, B.S., W.W. Hochstedler, D.L. Gorchov, and A.M. Carlson.  2007. Response of Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) to five years of fall herbicide application in a southern Ohio deciduous forest. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.  134: 18-26.

Berry, E.J. and D.L. Gorchov. 2007. Female fecundity is dependent on substrate, rather than male abundance, in the wind-pollinated, dioecious understory palm Chamaedorea radicalis. Biotropica 39:186-194.

Endress, B.A., D.L. Gorchov, and E.J. Berry. 2006. Sustainability of a non-timber forest product: Effects of alternative leaf harvest practices over six years on yield and demography of the palm Chamaedorea radicalis. Forest Ecology and Management. 234: 181-191.

Bartuszevige, A.M., D.L. Gorchov, and L. Raab. 2006. The relative importance of landscape and community features in the invasion of an exotic shrub in a fragmented landscape. Ecography 29:213-222.

Bartuszevige, A.M. and Gorchov, D.L. 2006. Avian seed dispersal of an invasive shrub. Biological Invasions 8:1013-1022.

Mulligan, M.R. and D.L. Gorchov. 2004. Population loss of goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis L. (Ranunculaceae), in Ohio. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 131:305-310.

Miller, K.E. and D.L. Gorchov. 2004. The invasive shrub, Lonicera maackii, reduces growth and fecundity of perennial forest herbs. Oecologia 139:359-375.

Endress, B.A., D.L. Gorchov, and R.B. Noble. 2004. Non-timber forest product extraction: effects of harvest and browsing on an understory palm.Ecological Applications 14:1139-1153.

Endress, B.A., D.L. Gorchov, M.B. Peterson and E. Padron Serrano. 2004. Harvest of the palm Chamaedorea radicalis, its effects on leaf production, and implications for sustainable management. Conservation Biology 18:822-830.

Berry, E.J. and D.L. Gorchov. 2004. Reproductive biology of the dioecious understory palm Chamaedorea radicalis in a Mexican cloud forest: pollination vector, flowering phenology, and female fecundity. Journal of Tropical Ecology 20:369-376.

Gorchov, D.L. and D.E. Trisel. 2003. Competitive effects of the invasive shrub, Lonicera maackii (Rupr.) Herder (Caprifoliaceae) on the growth and survival of native tree seedlings. Plant Ecology 166:13-24.

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