Ms. Giencke was the
first Mary McKee Felton Herbarium Intern.
Her project for the Internship involved the fern and fern allies. Major
taxonomic changes have affected the naming and arranging of southeastern
United States ferns and fern allies at the familial, generic, and specific
levels, with numerous new species named in recent years and many name changes
reflecting new understanding of higher level relationships. For instance,
there is now general consensus that the genus Lycopodium (the
clubmosses) in eastern North America actually represents at least three, and
probably more like seven to nine genera, as reflected in the Flora of
North America volume published in 1993. The nine herbarium cases of
specimens of ferns and fern allies at the University of North Carolina
Herbarium had not kept up with the times, and speciens
of some species were filed under two or even three diffent
names. Giencke worked with Curator Alan Weakley to
correctly identify, annotate, and rearrange the specimens according to the
more modern treaments. Additionally, Giencke entered the label and locality data into the
Herbarium's database (1). As a result, anyone can now access NCU's fern and
fern ally collection via the NCU ATLAS to
generate a map of the taxa and to view the label data from specimens.
In 2004 Ms. Giencke continued to work in the
Herbarium on the Flora of
Virginia Project, then in 2005 shifted her
primary focus to the flora of Battle
Park. On July 1, 2004, at the request of James Moeser,
Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the North
Carolina Botanical Garden assumed responsibility for Battle Park, a wonderful
wooded tract on the east side of campus and downhill from the Coker
Arboretum. The tract includes one of the most awe-inspiring legacies of the
University, which, furthermore, symbolizes the important connection between
nature and art: the stone amphitheater known as Forest Theatre. Although not
a pristine forest, much of the 93-acre Battle Park consists of forest that predates
European settlement in the area (1740). The park is named for Kemp Plummer
Battle, president of UNC from 1876 to 1891, who laid out the original trail
system and spent many happy and contemplative hours within the forest (2).
Giencke began the botanical inventory of Battle
Park by scouring the UNC Herbarium for any specimens collected there, then entered these specimens into the herbarium's
database. Then, together with Dr. David Vandermast
(Elon University) and Dr. Peter White (North Carolina Botanical Garden),
additional specimens were collected in the Park, and a complete checklist of
the plants of the park was compiled. Copies of their report on the history
and flora of Battle Park have been deposited at the North Carolina Botanical
Garden, as well as in the Couch Biology Library and the North Carolina
Collection of Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina in Chapel
Hill. Label information on all specimens held by NCU collected from Battle
Park is available at NCU ATLAS.
In 2007 Giencke moved
to southern California to participate in the ecological
restoration of San Clemente Island. San Clemente Island, the southernmost
of the eight California Channel Islands. It lies 55 nautical miles (nm) south
of Long Beach and 68 nm west of San Diego. The island is approximately 21 nm
long and is 4-1/2 nm across at its widest point. Since 1934, the island has
been owned and operated by various naval commands. A core component of the
effort to restore the native habitat of the island is to clear exotic
vegetation and to plant native shrub species. To aid in the effort, the Navy
has established a native plant nursery where shrubs are grown and then transplanted
to sites on the Island that lack native shrub cover and have low habitat
diversity (3, 4).
In 2010 Giencke completed
a Masters degree in Environmental & Forest
Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She
studied the spread of beech back disease in a 2 ha plot at the Huntington
Wildlife Forest near Newcomb, NY. Her thesis is titled “Spatiotemporal
dynamics of an Adirondack forest.”
In 2011 Giencke became
the Plant Ecology Lead Technician at the W.
Jones Ecology Research Center at Ichauway.
Kirkman, L. K. and L. M. Giencke . in prep.
Restoring and managing a diverse fire-maintained ground cover within
longleaf pine ecosystems. IN L. K. Kirkman and S. B. Jack, editors. Ecological Restoration of Longleaf
Pine. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
Kirkman, L. K., L. M. Giencke,
R. S. Taylor, L. R. Boring, C. L. Staudhammer and
R. J. Mitchell (2016 ) Productivity and species richness in
longleaf pine woodlands:
resource-disturbance influences across an edaphic gradient. Ecology 97:
2259-2271. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1456
Giencke, L. M., M. Dovciak, G. Mountrakis, J. A. Cale and M.
J. Mitchell (2014)
Beech bark disease: Spatial
patterns of thicket formation and disease spread in an aftermath forest in
the northeastern United States. Can.
J. For. Res. 44: 1042-1050.
1. Weakley, Alan S. (2003) Lisa Giencke hired as first Mary McKee Felton Herbarium
Intern. North Carolina Botanical Garden Newsletter, issue of
2. Cotterman, Laura (2006) Battle Park,
http://ncbg.unc.edu/pages/39/, accessed on 14 May 2006.
3. Anonymous (undated), http://www.scisland.org/aboutsci/aboutsci.php,
accessed on 14 May 2006.
4. Anonymous (undated), http://www.socalrangecomplexeis.com/FactSheets\HabitatRestorationFactSheet_FINAL.pdf,
accessed on 14 May 2006.