Melissa Hey, Ph.D. is an environmental scientist specializing in terrestrial ecology. Her research interests lie in better understanding natural communities and uncovering consequences of anthropogenic stressors. As an instructor she seeks to support student development through conversation, collaboration, and scientific inquiry.
Professional MembershipsCouncil on Undergraduate Research 2020 - PresentEcological Society of America 2015 - Present
Awards and Honors2018, Moore Research Award, UVA Department of Environmental Sciences2017, Graduate Achievement Award in Ecology, UVA Department of Environmental Sciences2016, Ellison-Edmonson Award, UVA Department of Environmental Sciences2015, Mathes Award, College of William & Mary Biology Departmetn2014, Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship, Garden Club of America2014, Honors Fellowship, College of William & Mary
Hey, M., Epstein, H. E., Haynes, K. J. (2021). Artificial Light at Night Impacts the Litter Layer Invertebrate Community With No Cascading Effects on Litter Breakdown. FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, (9) Hey, M., DiBiase, E., Roach, D. A., Carr, D. E., Haynes, K. J. (2020). Interactions between artificial light at night, soil moisture, and plant density affect the growth of a perennial wildflower. OECOLOGIA, (193) 2 503-510. Kula, Abigail A. R., ., Hey, M., Couture, J. J., Townsend, P. A., Dalgleish, H. J. (2020). Intraspecific competition reduces plant size and quality and damage severity increases defense responses in the herbaceous perennial, Asclepias syriaca. PLANT ECOLOGY, (221) 6 421-430.
PresentationsHey, M., Haynes, K. (2020). “Multi-trophic effects of light pollution in a Virginia grassland ” Presented at the Virginia Astronomical Society Virginia Astronomical Society Chapter Meeting Charlottesville, Virginia Hey, M., Haynes, K. (2019). “Effects of light pollution on common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca” Presented at the Virginia Native Plant Society Virginia Native Plant Society Chapter Meeting Charlottesville, Virginia Hey, M., Cullaty, B., Raines, T. (2019). “Promoting self-reflection by faculty in an undergraduate research program: mentor and student outcomes” Presented at the Council on Undergraduate Research CUR URP ConferenceHey, M., Haynes, K., Epstein, H. (2018). “Light pollution and faunal community effects on litter decomposition” Presented at theArtificial Light at Night (ALAN) International ConferenceHey, M., DiBiase, E., Haynes, K. (2017). “Testing the effects of light pollution on growth and intraspecific competition in common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca” Presented at the Council on Undergraduate Research CUR REU SymposiumHey, M., Okafor, L., Haynes, K. (2017). “Arthropod responses to artificial light at night from two different types of LED bulbs” Presented at the UVA Committee on Sustainability Committee on Sustainability Research SymposiumHey, M., Dalgleish, H., Couture, J. (2015). “Consequences of plant density and natural versus simulated herbivory for common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca” Presented at the ESA ESA Annual Conference