Research conducted by my students and and me is focused on understanding the causes
and patterns of disease in natural plant populations. The most recent work targeted
the Lily Leaf Sport Disease of Gray's Lily, a rare species found on Roan Mountain.
The work on Roan is conducted in concert with studies to test the hypothesis that
loss of the high elevation mountain bald habitat has been a consequence of loss of
mega-herbivores. We have also studied the impacts of adelgid insects on hemlock and
fir trees. Other students have directed their projects toward floristic studies of
regional sites with high conservation priorities.
Levy, F. 2021. Evaluation of the taxonomy of Phacelia purshii (Hydrophyllaceae).
J. Torr. Bot. Soc. (in press)
Levy, F., B.G. Cole, B.A. McCullough, and E.S. Walker. Vascular flora of the Holston
Army Ammunition Plant, Hawkins County, Tennessee. (completed)
Levy, F. 2020. Morphology and distribution of Heterotheca camporum var. glandulissima
and its occurrence on shale substrates in northeastern Tennessee. Phytoneuron 2020-89:1–11.
Ingram, R.J. and F. Levy. 2020. Identity and symptomatology of a newly described
lily leaf spot disease (Pseudocercosporella inconspicua) of Gray’s Lily (Lilium grayi).
Can. J. Plant Pathol. 42:499–507 DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2019.1690049
Levy, F., and J.T. Donaldson. 2018. Morphology, geographic distribution, and conservation
of the Southern Appalachian endemic, Solidago lancifolia (Torrey & A. Gray) Chapman (Asteraceae). J. Torr. Bot. Soc. 145:281-295.
Levy, F., and J.T. Donaldson. 2018. Additions to the vascular flora of the Rocky
Fork Tract, Tennessee, USA. J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 12:373-375.
Ingram, R.I., J.T. Donaldson, and F. Levy. 2018. Impacts, prevalence, and spatio-temporal
patterns of lily leaf spot disease on Lilium grayi (Liliaceae), Gray’s lily. J. Torrey Bot. Soc. 145:296-310.
Ingram, R.I., Levy, F., Barrett, C.L., and J.T. Donaldson. 2017. Mining herbaria
for the historic prevalence of lily leaf spot disease (Pseudocercosporella inconspicua) on Gray’s Lily (Lilium grayi) and Canada Lily (L. canadense). Rhodora 119:163-173.
Levy, F., and E.S. Walker. 2016. Vascular flora of the Rocky Fork Tract, Tennessee,
USA, and its use in conservation and management. J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 10:547-567.
Levy, F., Wagner, D.L., and E.S. Walker. 2016. Lettered Sphinx Moth (Deidamia inscripta) caterpillars feeding on sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum) and their predation by black bears in northeast Tennessee. Southeastern Naturalist
Ratliff, W.S., Walker, E.S., and F. Levy. 2015. Population demographics and disease
assessments in three Tennessee populations of Buckleya distichophylla (Nutt.) Torr. (Santalaceae). Castanea 80:243–252.
Levy, F., E.S. Walker. 2014. Pattern and rate of decline of a population of Carolina
Hemlock (Tsuga caroliniana Engelm.) in North Carolina. Southeastern Naturalist 13 (Special Issue 6):46-60.
Dinkins, Z.C., Nandi, A., Levy, F., and J. Donaldson. 2014. Surface soil properties
of alder balds (Alnus viridis ssp. crispa) with respect to grassy and woody vegetation on Roan Mountain, Tennessee. Southeastern
Levy, F., R. Pyles, C. Szarejko, L. Wyatt. 2012. Developing an electronic repository
for undergraduate theses. Honors in Practice 8:135-146.
Glass, P.M. and F. Levy. 2011. Correspondence of morphology, phylogeny and reproductive
barriers in Phacelia subgenus Cosmanthus (Hydrophyllaceae). J. Torr. Bot. Club, 138:348-352.
Verhaegh S.J.C, Snippe M.L., Levy F., Verbrugh H.A., Jaddoe V.W.V., Hofman A., Moll
H.A., van Belkum A., and J.P. Hays. 2011. Colonization of healthy children by Moraxella
catarrhalis is characterized by genotype heterogeneity, virulence gene diversity,
and co-colonization with Haemophilus influenzae. Microbiology 157:169-78.
Lusk, L., M. Mutel, E.S. Walker, F. Levy. 2010. Forest change in high elevation forests
of Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina: Re-census and analysis of data collected over 40
years. Pp. 104-112 in, Proceedings of the Symposium on High Elevation Forests in the
Central and Southern Appalachians, Snowshoe, WV.
Shams, W., E.S. Walker, F. Levy, S.A. Reynolds, S.M. Peterson, F.A. Sarubbi. 2010.
Comparative activity of telavancin and other antimicrobial agents against MRSA isolates
collected from 1991 to 2006. Chemotherapy 56:411-416.
Winkler, W., R. Pyles, F. Levy. 2010. Using Radio to Publicize Undergraduate Research
at East Tennessee State University. In, J. Kinkaid and S. Pedigio, Advancing Undergraduate
Research: Public Relations, Marketing, and Fund-raising. CUR Press, Washington.
Khan, M.A., Northwood, J.B., Levy, F., Verhaegh, S.J.C., Farrell, D.J., van Belkum,
A. and J.P. Hays. 2010. bro beta-lactamase and antibiotic resistances in a global
cross-sectional study of Moraxella catarrhalis from children and adults. J. Antimicrob.