Marina Golivets

Marina Golivets
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung | UFZ · Department of Community Ecology

PhD

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Introduction
I am a postdoc with the Macroecology research group at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany. I consider myself a plant and invasion ecologist with a background in ecology, forestry, and horticulture and a strong focus on quantitative data synthesis. My main research interests include plant competition, multispecies invasions in forest ecosystems, scale-dependence in the drivers of plant invasion, and traits-environment relationships.
Education
September 2009 - October 2011
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Field of study
  • Forest Management
September 2009 - December 2010
National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine
Field of study
  • Urban Forestry and Landscape Architecture
September 2005 - June 2009

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Publications (34)
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Today’s urban green space is exposed to a constant flow of newly introduced exotic plant species, resulting from multiple, intentional and inadvertent introductions. A substantial share of introduced plant species are represented by potential invaders of plant communities, which allows considering that the risk of rapid dispersion by aggressive pla...
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The present study is aimed at exploring native and alien plant species diversity patterns in distinct types of the urban forest environment by documenting differences in species density, level of invasion, and species-area relationships across four spatial scales (1, 10, 100, and 1,000 m2). The research was conducted in deciduous urban woodlands in...
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High competitive ability has often been invoked as a key determinant of invasion success and ecological impacts of non-native plants. Yet our understanding of the strategies that non-natives use to gain competitive dominance remains limited. Particularly, it remains unknown whether the two non-mutually exclusive competitive strategies, neighbour su...
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The number and rate of non‐native plant invasions in forests have been steadily increasing over the last century with profound consequences for the composition, structure and functioning of these ecosystems. While multiple regional, landscape and local environmental factors are known to drive the spread of non‐native invasive plant species (NNIPS)...
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Many plant traits covary with environmental gradients, reflecting shifts in adaptive strategies under changing conditions and thus providing information about potential consequences of future environmental change for vegetation and ecosystem functioning. Despite extensive efforts to map trait-environment relationships, the evidence remains heteroge...
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The extent and impacts of biological invasions on biodiversity are largely shaped by an array of socio-economic and environmental factors, which exhibit high variation among countries. Yet, a global analysis of how these factors vary across countries is currently lacking. Here, we investigate how five broad, country-specific socio-economic and envi...
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Consulting the best available evidence is key to successful conservation decision-making. While much scientific evidence on conservation continues to be published in non-English languages, a poor understanding of how non-English languages science contributes to conservation decision-making is causing global assessments and studies to practically ig...
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The widely held assumption that any important scientific information would be available in English underlies the underuse of non-English-language science across disciplines. However, non-English-language science is expected to bring unique and valuable scientific information, especially in disciplines where the evidence is patchy, and for emergent...
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Invasive alien species are a well-known and pervasive threat to global biodiversity and human well-being. Despite substantial impacts of invasive alien species, quantitative syntheses of monetary costs incurred from invasions in national economies are often missing. As a consequence, adequate resource allocation for management responses to invasion...
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Biological invasions continue to threaten the stability of ecosystems and societies that are dependent on their services. Whilst the ecological impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) have been widely reported in recent decades, there remains a paucity of information concerning their economic impacts. Europe has strong trade and transport links wit...
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The widely held assumption that any important scientific information would be available in English underlies the underuse of non-English-language science across disciplines. However, non-English-language science is expected to bring unique and valuable scientific information, especially in disciplines where the evidence is patchy, and for emergent...
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We contend that the exclusive focus on the English language in scientific research might hinder effective communication between scientists and practitioners or policy makers whose mother tongue is non-English. This barrier in scientific knowledge and data transfer likely leads to significant knowledge gaps and may create biases when providing globa...
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The extent and impacts of biological invasions on biodiversity are largely shaped by an array of socio-ecological predictors, which exhibit high variation among countries. Yet a global synthetic perspective of how these factors vary across countries is currently lacking. Here, we investigate how a set of five socio-ecological predictors (Governance...
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Biological invasions are a major threat to global biodiversity with particularly strong implications for island biodiversity. Much research has been dedicated towards understanding historic and current changes in alien species distribution and impacts on islands and potential changes under future climate change. However, projections of how alien sp...
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Climate change threatens the provisioning of forest ecosystem services and biodiversity (ESB). The climate sensitivity of ESB may vary with forest development from young to old‐growth conditions as structure and composition shift over time and space. This study addresses knowledge gaps hindering implementation of adaptive forest management strategi...
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Understanding what promotes invasiveness of species outside their native range and predicting which ecosystems and under which conditions will be invaded is an ultimate goal of the field of invasion ecology. Obtaining general answers to these questions requires synthesis of extensive yet heterogeneous empirical evidence, coupled with a solid theore...
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The current study presents a comparative analysis of the non-native floras of 23 protected areas, including 2 biosphere reserves, 5 nature reserves with 9 segregated units, and 12 national parks located in four natural zones of the flatland part of Ukraine. The taxonomic diversity of the studied floras comprises 484 species from 278 genera and 72 f...
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A morphometric analysis of the 20 local populations of Impatiens parviflora within its introduced range, combined with a comprehensive literature-based comparative analysis of the primary and the secondary ranges has proved to be an effective approach to identify key elements of the species’ adaptive strategy. A number of organization patterns...
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A comprehensive population analysis on the environmental gradient proved to be a powerful tool for determining the key components of the adaptive strategy of I parviflora, as well as for identifying ecological factors, which determine the performance of the species’ populations in the secondary range. A gradient of deterioration of living condition...
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The variation in quantitative seed traits of Echinocystis lobata has been studied.
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Plant species composition, frequency and abundance of broadleaved forests located within the boundaries of the urban area of Kyiv, were studied during the periods between April and June 2012–2013 using the Whittaker’s plant diversity sampling method. The most frequent species (94 %) was I. parviflora, a neophyte, which was introduced to Europe in t...
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Biological invasions present a threat to the overall quality of life on Earth through the depletion of the diversity of living matter, empoverishment of genetic background and disruption of functional relationships in the biosphere. The current edition is the first citation data on alien species in the spontaneous flora of Ukraine. Index includ...
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The need of integrating aesthetic aspects into forest management has been stressed both in research and in practice. The current study aims at finding possible explanations for the public preferences on forest landscapes with special regard to young forests. The study consists of two parts. The first part is a literature review, which is dedica...

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I was wondering how the intensity of interaction is related to the probability of observing coevolution among a pair of native and invasive plants. Also, does this relationship depend on the direction of interaction (competition/facilitation)?
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Within a large dataset that contains information on location and attributes of forest plots, I need to identify treatment and reference plots for my research. 
I ran into problems with reference plot selection. I'm using a pairwise approach, so each treatment plot is to be paired with a reference plot. The criteria for reference plots are: 1) of the same forest type as a treatment plot; 2) located at a minimum distance from a treatment plot.
I would greatly appreciate any suggestions on how I can do it either in ArcMap or R.
Marina
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Sterile soil is quite often reported as a control for soil conditioning experiments. However, it doesn't make much sense to me. It doesn't allow us to really assess the effect  of nonnative plants.
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I was wondering what could be the ecological meaning behind a high variability in seed macromorphological traits within a species?
I have noticed that seeds of annual Echinocystis lobata exhibit different color and texture patterns across individuals. But I am struggling understanding what "secret" could be behind that...
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And the result of facilitation would be spatial aggregation? What is the most appropriate approach to test this hypothesis?
Thanks.
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I'm particularly interested in identification of temperate forest plant species. Thanks!
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I wonder whether invasion of a N-fixing alien plant would have any effect on soil seed banks. Also, what are the most common mechanisms of influencing seed banks by invasives?
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Numerous studies on invasive Impatiens parviflora are known from countries to which this species is non-native. However, I haven't met any publications in which some information on the species' characteristics in the native range within Central Asia would be provided. I suppose those kind of studies would help to understand biology and ecology of Impatiens parviflora much better.
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The species is highly aggressive invader, but the research interest seems to be quite poor.

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