John Dilustro

Associate Provost
Professor of Biology
Dean of the School of Graduate Studies

Contact Information

(252) 398-6528

"I enjoy the small feel of Chowan. I grew up about an hour away, and it feels like home to me. It's a place where I get to know the students as freshmen in the introductory class, and then follow them through their career. Chowan is located in an area of North Carolina which is outstanding as a classroom for ecology and forest and plant biology."


  • Post-doctoral fellowship with the Savannah River Ecology Lab at the University of Georgia
  • PhD, Ecological Sciences, Old Dominion University
  • MS, Biology, Old Dominion University
  • BS, Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Science
  • Principles of Ecology
  • Plant Diversity
  • Senior Seminar
  • General Biology
  • Directed Research

Academic & Scholarly Achievements

  • 2009 Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year


    Day, F.P,  R. E. Schroeder, D. B. Stover, A. L. P. Brown, J. R. Butnor, J.J. Dilustro, B. A. Hungate, P. Dijkstra, B. D. Duval, T. J. Seiler, B. G. Drake, and C. R. Hinkle. 2013.  The cumulative effects of 11 years of CO2 enrichment on roots in a Florida scrub-oak ecosystem.  New Phytologist. 200:778-87.

    Dilustro, J.J., B. Collins, and L. Duncan. 2006. Land use history effects in mixed pine - hardwood forests at Fort Benning. The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 133: 460–467.

    Collins, B., P. Minchin, J. Dilustro, and L. Duncan. 2006. Land use effects on groundlayer composition and regeneration of mixed pine hardwood forests in the Fall Line Sandhills, S.E. USA. Forest Ecology and Management 226: 181-188.

    Collins, B., R. Sharitz, K. Madden, and J. Dilustro. 2006. Comparison of sandhills and mixed pine hardwood communities at Fort Benning, Georgia. Southeastern Naturalist 5:92-102

    Drake, S. J. J. Dilustro, R. R. Sharitz, and B. S. Collins. 2006. Ground layer carbon and nitrogen cycling and legume nitrogen inputs in a frequently burned mixed pine forest. American Journal of Botany 93: 84-93.

    Day, F.P., D. Stover, A.L. Pagel, B.A. Hungate, J.J. Dilustro, B.T. Herbert, B. Drake and C.R. Hinkle. 2006. Effects of seven years of exposure to elevated atmospheric CO2 on fine root abundance in an oak-scrub ecosystem in central Florida, USA. Global Change Biology 12: 1047–1053.

    Dilustro, J.J., B. Collins, C. Crawford and L. Duncan. 2005. Moisture and soil texture effects on soil CO2 efflux components in southeastern mixed pine forests. Forest Ecology and Management. 204(1):87-97.

    Duncan, L.K., J.J. Dilustro and B.S. Collins. 2004. Avian response to forest management and military training activities at Ft. Benning, GA. Georgia Journal of Science. 62(2): 95-103.

    Dilustro, J.J., F.P. Day, C.R. Hinkle and B. G. Drake. 2002. Abundance, production and mortality of fine roots under elevated atmospheric CO2 in an oak-scrub ecosystem. Environmental and Experimental Botany 48(2):149-159.

    Dilustro J.J., B. Collins, L. Duncan and R. Sharitz. 2002. Soil texture, land use intensity, and vegetation of Fort Benning upland forest sites. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 129(4): 289-297.

    Dilustro, J.J., F. P. Day and B. G. Drake. 2001. Effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 on root decomposition in a scrub oak ecosystem. Global Change Biology 7(5):581-591.

    Day, F.P., E. Crawford, and J.J. Dilustro. 2001. Plant biomass change along a coastal barrier island dune chronosequence over a six-year period. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 128:197-207.

    Dilustro, J. J. and F.P. Day. 1997. Aboveground biomass and net primary production along a barrier island dune chronosequence. American Midland Naturalist 137:27-38.