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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dan Buonaiuto

NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Researcher
UMass Amherst

Research Interests

My research is motivated by the question: how will ecological communities shift in composition and
function in response to anthropogenic global change? In this work, I draw heavily on approaches from
eco-physiology, community ecology and biogeography to assess and predict how climate change and
plant invasions impact ecological communities. My current projects focus on how plant invasions
influence regional patterns of taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional diversity across North America.


Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts


Fellow, Arnold Arboretum, Boston MA. 2016-2022.
Teaching Assistant, Harvard University. 2016-2022.
Curatorial Assistant, University of Michigan Herbaria, 2015-2016/


PhD, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2022.
M.S., Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2016.
B.S., Geology, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 2009.

Selected Publications

Wolkovich E.M, J.L Auerbach, C.J Chamberlain, D.M Buonaiuto, A.K Ettinger; I. Morales-Castilla, A.
Gelman. (2021). A simple explanation for declining temperature sensitivity with warming. Global Change

Buonaiuto, D.M., and Wolkovich, E.M. (2021). Differences between flower and leaf phenological
responses to environmental variation drive shifts in spring phenological sequences of temperate woody
plants. Journal of Ecology, 109, 2922– 2933.

Buonaiuto, D.M., Morales‐Castilla, I. and Wolkovich, E.M. (2021). Reconciling competing hypotheses
regarding flower–leaf sequences in temperate forests for fundamental and global change biology. New
Phytologist, 229: 1206-1214.

Ettinger, A.K, C.J Chamberlin, I. Morales-Castilla, D.M. Buonaiuto, D.F.B. Flynn, T. Savas, J.A. Samaha,
E.M Wolkovich. (2020). Winter temperatures predominate in spring phenological responses to warming.
Nature Climate Change.