Laura M. S. Hancock

MS/PhD Student

B.S., Christopher Newport University, 2013

Advisor: Kristina Stinson, Jeffrey E. Podos

Research Interests

For my master's degree, I am researching long-term metapopulation dynamics of the invasive plant garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata). Specifically, I'm studying variation in traits and demography of garlic mustard over time & across a forest microhabitat gradient to see how these variations (or lack thereof) might relate to range expansion into novel habitat types in its invaded range.

For my PhD, I am studying foraging behavior and resource use of nectarivorous/frugivorous bats. More to come soon!


Stinson, K. A., Albertine, J. M., Hancock, L. M. S., Seidler, T. G., and Rogers, C. A. 2016. Northern ragweed ecotypes flower earlier and longer in response to elevated CO2: what are you sneezing at? Oecologia DOI: 10.1007/s00442-016-3670-x.

Ruane, L. G., L. M. S. Hancock, A. T. Rotzin, and C. N. Luce. 2013. Pollen viability and the potential for self-pollen interference in Phlox Hirsuta, an endangered species. International Journal of Plant Sciences 174: 1251-1258.

Hancock, L. M. S., C. L. Ernst, R. Charneskie, and L. G. Ruane. 2012. Effects of cadmium and mycorrhizal fungi on growth, fitness, and cadmium accumulation in flax (Linum usitatissimum; Linaceae). American Journal of Botany 99: 1445-1452.



Awardee, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Spring 2016

Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Spring 2015