Last update: 2013-06-07 18:32:23

Elizabeth N. Hane

Rochester Institute of Technology
Department of Biological Sciences
85 Lomb Memorial Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623
Telephone: 585-475-4362
FAX: 585-475-4990


Ph.D. Brown University, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2001
M.A. University of Kansas, Systematics and Ecology, 1995
B.A. Rice University, Biology & English, 1993

Professional Positions:
  • Faculty Associate to the Provost (2012-present), Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
  • Associate Professor (2009-present), Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
  • Fulbright Scholar (2011-12), American College of Management and Technology, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Assistant Professor (2003-2009), Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
  • Post-doctoral Associate (2003), SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY
  • Visiting Assistant Professor (2002), Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
  • Post-doctoral Associate (2000-2002), Proctor Maple Research Center, University of Vermont, Underhill Center, VT

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    I am interested in multiple-factor effects on forest community dynamics. My current research focuses on the effects of an exotic introduced disease (beech bark disease), the ice storm of 1998, and the legacies of land-use history. Of particular interest is how these factors interact with each other to affect not only the species composition of the current forest but also regeneration patterns, which will determine future forest composition.

    Distinguished Awards and Memberships:
    Fulbright Fellowship (2011-12), Environmental Education in Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Selected Publications:

    Brister, E. and E.N. Hane. 2013. Diversification of land management goals and strategies in response to climate change. Ethics, Place and Environment. 16: 1-3.

    Brister, E., E.N. Hane and K.F. Korfmacher. 2011. Visualizing Plant Community Change Using Historical Records. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research 2:1-18.

    Hane, E.N. 2007. Use of an inquiry-based approach to teaching experimental design concepts in a general ecology course. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology 5: Research #3 [online].

    Hane, E.N. 2005. The effects of land-use history on beech bark disease severity. Proceedings of the Beech Bark Disease Symposium. USFS Gen Tech Report NE-331:138-141

    Yanai, R.D., R. Phillips, M. Arthur, T.G. Siccama, and E.N. Hane. 2005. Spatial and temporal variation in calcium and aluminum in northern hardwood forest floors. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 160:109-118.

    Hane, E.N. 2003. Indirect Effects of beech bark disease on sugar maple seedling survival. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33: 807-813.

    Hane, E.N., Hamburg, S.P., Barber, A. and Plaut, J. 2003. Phytotoxicity of American beech leaf leachate to sugar maple seedlings in a greenhouse experiment. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33: 814-821.

    Rhoads, A.G., S.P. Hamburg, T.J. Fahey, T.G. Siccama, E.N. Hane, J. Battles, C. Cogbill, J. Randall, and G. Wilson. 2002. Effects of an intense ice storm on the structure of a northern hardwood forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 32:1763-1775.

    Hane, E.N., and Hamburg, S.P. 2002. Community dynamics of an oak-hickory ecotonal forest in Northeast Kansas. Great Plains Research 12:275-294.

    Hane, E.N., Evans, J.P., Hall R.W., and Harcombe, P.A. 1995. Ecology, characterization and management of the biological diversity of the Water Corridor Units of the Big Thicket National Preserve. USFS Technical Report, Santa Fe, NM.

    Co-Authors and Collaborators:
    Steven Hamburg, Anne Rhoads, Tom Siccama, Timothy Perkins, Timothy Wilmot, Ruth Yanai, Mary Arthur

    Graduate Students:
    Evelyn Brister, Erin Pence, Nahid Carter, Caitlin Kempski

    Graduate Advisor:
    Steven Hamburg

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator