Prof. Erik  T. Nilsen

Prof. Erik T. Nilsen

Professor
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA


Highest Degree
Ph.D. in Biology from University of California, Los Angeles, USA

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Area of Interest:

Plant and Soil Sciences
100%
Plant Physiology
62%
Plant Ecology
90%
Plant Biology
75%
Biodiversity
55%

Selected Publications

  1. Rodrigues, R.R., R.P. Pineda, J.N. Barney, E.T. Nilsen, J.E. Barrett and M.A. Williams, 2015. Plant invasions associated with change in root-zone microbial community structure and diversity. Plos One, Vol. 10. 10.1371/journal.pone.0141424.
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  2. Nilsen, E.T. and T. Tulyanon, 2015. An update on the diversity and functional significance of scales in section Schistanthe. J. Am. Rhododendron Soc., 69: 187-193.
  3. Halter, M., J. Mitchell, D.G. Mann, B. Muthukumar, C.N. Stewart and E.T. Nilsen, 2015. Photosynthetic parameters of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) under low radiation: Influence of stable overexpression of Miscanthus×giganteus PPDK on responses to light and CO2 under warm and cool growing conditions. New Negat. Plant Sci., 1-2: 23-32.
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  4. Bao, Z. and E.T. Nilsen, 2015. Interactions between seedlings of the invasive tree Ailanthus altissima and the native tree Robinia pseudoacacia under low nutrient conditions. J. Plant Interact., 10: 173-184.
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  5. Rundel, P.W., M.R. Sharifi, E.T. Nilsen, G.A. Baker, R.A. Virginia and L.M. Shultz, 2014. Geomorphic landforms and plant community structure and dominance in the central desert region of Baja California, Mexico. Madrono, 61: 105-114.
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  6. Nilsen, E.T., R. Arora and M. Upmanyu, 2014. Thermonastic leaf movements in Rhododendron during freeze-thaw events: Patterns, functional significances and causes. Environ. Exp. Bot., 106: 34-43.
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  7. Nilsen, E.T., J. Freeman, R. Grene and J. Tokuhisa, 2014. A rootstock provides water conservation for a grafted commercial tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) line in response to mild-drought conditions: A focus on vegetative growth and photosynthetic parameters. Plos One, Vol. 9. 10.1371/journal.pone.0115380.
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  8. Nilsen, E.T., D.W. Webb and Z. Bao, 2014. The function of foliar scales in water conservation: An evaluation using tropical-mountain, evergreen shrubs of the species Rhododendron in section Schistanthe (ericaceae). Aust. J. Bot., 62: 403-416.
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  9. Nilsen E.T., C. Johnson and M. Taylor, 2014. Are idioblasts related to drought resistance in Rhododendron section Schistanthe. J. Am. Rhododendron Soc., 68: 73-79.
  10. Mitchell, J.L., M. Halter, C.N. Stewart Jr and E.T. Nilsen, 2014. Cool temperature effects on photosynthetic parameters of two biomass fuel feedstocks in a low light intensity environment. Biofuels, 5: 533-544.
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  11. Halter, M.C., J. Mitchell, D.G.J. Mann, M. Balasubramaniam, E.T. Nilsen and C.N. Jr. Stewart, 2012. Improvement of switchgrass C4 photosynthetic efficiency for increased biomass production. In-vitro Cellular Dev. Biol., 48: 64-64.
  12. Nilsen, E.T., 2011. Linkage of valuable traits from R. saxifragoides in complex hybrids. J. Am. Rhododendron Soc., 66: 9-16.
  13. Russell, R.B., T.T. Lei and E.T. Nilsen, 2009. Freezing induced leaf movements and their potential implications to early spring carbon gain: Rhododendron maximum as exemplar Funct. Ecol., 23: 463-471.
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  14. Nilsen, E.T., T.T. Lei and S.W. Semones, 2009. Presence of understory shrubs constrains carbon gain in sunflecks by advance-regeneration seedlings: Evidence from Quercus rubra seedlings growing in understory forest patches with or without evergreen shrubs present. Int. J. Plant Sci., 170: 735-747.
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  15. Horton, J.L., B.D. Clinton, J.F. Walker, C.M. Beier and E.T. Nilsen, 2009. Variation in soil and forest floor characteristics along gradients of ericaceous, evergreen shrub cover in the southern Appalachians. Castanea, 74: 340-352.
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  16. Hoof, J., L. Sack, D.T. Webb and E.T. Nilsen, 2008. Contrasting structure and function of pubescent and glabrous varieties of Hawaiian Metrosideros polymorpha (Myrtaceae) at high elevation. Biotropica, 40: 113-118.
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  17. Esen, D., E.T. Nilsen and O. Yildiz, 2008. Ecology, Competitive Advantages, and Integrated Control of Rhododendron: An Old Ornamental Yet Emerging Invasive Weed Around the World. In: Floriculture, Ornamental and Plant Biotechnology, Advances and Topical Issues, Teixeira J.A. and D. Silva (Ed.). Vol. 3, 1st Edn., Global Science Books Ltd., USA., pp: 407-421.
  18. Nilsen, E.T. and D.W. Webb, 2007. Do scale type and density of rhododendron species of section vireya have any relationship to stomata. J. Am. Rhododendron Soc., 61: 93-102.
  19. Lei, T.T., E.T. Nilsen and S.W. Semones, 2006. Light environment under Rhododendron maximum thickets and estimated carbon gain of regenerating forest tree seedlings. Plant Ecol., 184: 143-156.
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  20. Esen, D. and E.T. Nilsen, 2006. Effects of shade in understory on leaf characteristics of purple- flowered rhododendron (Rhododendron ponticum L.) in western black sea region of Turkey. J. Balkan Ecol., 9: 305-314.
  21. Al-Sagir, M.G., D.M. Porter and E.T. Nilsen, 2006. Anatomical analysis of Pistacia sp. (anacardiaceae). J. Biol. Sci., 6: 242-244.
  22. Eppard, H.R., J.L. Horton, E.T. Nilsen, P. Galusky and B.D. Clinton, 2005. Investigating the allelopathic potential of Kalmia latifolia L. (ericaceae). Southeastern Nat., 4: 383-392.
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  23. Call, L.J. and E.T. Nilsen, 2005. Analysis of interactions between the invasive tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) and the native black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia). Plant Ecol., 176: 275-285.
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  24. Beier, C.M., E.T. Nilsen, J.L. Horton, B.D. Clinton and J.F. Walker, 2005. Resource availability and tree seedling performance along natural gradients of subcanopy density in an eastern deciduous forest. Plant Ecol., 176: 131-142.
  25. Nilsen, E.T., 2003. Unique Anatomical Traits in Leaves of Rhododendron Section Vireya: A Discussion of Functional Significance. In: Rhododendrons in Horticulture and Science, Argent, G. and M. McFarlane (Eds.). Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, Scotland, pp: 20-36.
  26. Nilsen, E.T. and S.E. Scheckler, 2003. A unique 'giant cell' type in leaves of vireyas. J. Am. Rhododendron Soc., 57: 6-11.
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  27. Nilsen, E.T. and J. Horton, 2003. Rhododendron Maximum in the USA: Similarities to Rhododendron Ponticum in Britain and Ecological Mechanisms for Community Effects. In: Rhododendrons in Horticulture and Science, Argent, G. and M. McFarlane (Eds.). Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, Scotland, pp: 259-272.
  28. Inderjit and E.T. Nilsen, 2003. Bioassays and field studies for allelopathy in terrestrial plants: Progress and problems. Crit. Rev. Plant Sci., 22: 221-238.
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  29. Call, L.J. and E.T. Nilsen, 2003. Analysis of spatial patterns and spatial association between the invasive tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) and the native black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia). Am. Midland Nat., 150: 1-14.
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  30. Lei, T.T., S.W. Semones, J.F. Walker, B.D. Clinton and E.T. Nilsen, 2002. Effects of Rhododendron maximum thickets on tree seed dispersal, seedling morphology and survivorship. Int. J. Plant Sci., 163: 991-1000.
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  31. Cordero, R.A. and E.T. Nilsen, 2002. Effects of summer drought and winter freezing on stem hydraulic conductivity of Rhododendron species from contrasting climates. Tree Physiol., 22: 919-928.
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  32. Nilsen, E.T., B.D. Clinton, T.T. Lei, O.K. Miller, S.W. Semones and J.F. Walker, 2001. Does rhododendron maximum L.(ericaceae) reduce the availability of resources above and belowground for canopy tree seedlings? Am. Midland Nat., 145: 325-343.
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  33. Orcutt, D.M. and E.T. Nilsen, 2000. The Physiology of Plants under Stress: Soil and Biotic Factors. Vol. 2, John Wiley and Sons, New York, ISBN-13: 9780471170082, Pages: 683.
  34. Braunschweig, S., E.T. Nilsen and T. Wiebolt, 1999. The Mid Atlantic Shale Barrens. In: Savannas, Barrens and Rock Outcrop Plant Communities of North America, Anderson, R.G., J.S. Fralish and J.M. Baskin (Eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK., pp: 83-98.
  35. Nilsen, E.T., 1995. Stem Photosynthesis: Extent, Patterns and Role in Plant Carbon Economy. In: Stems and Trunks in Plant Form and Function, Gartner, B. (Ed.). Academic Press, San Diego, pp: 223-240.
  36. Nilsen, E.T., M.R. Sharifi and P.W. Rundel, 1984. Biomass and Production of Native Stands of Prosopis Glandulosa in California Wash Woodlands: Management Implications. In: California Riparian Systems: Ecology, Conservation and Product Management, Warner, R.E. and K.M. Hendrix (Eds.). University of California Press, Berkeley, pp: 722 727.