Thanks to German and Daniel’s hard work, we are finally installing the panels on our DOE-funded drought experiment. The experiment is a full factorial of throughfall exclusion and fertilization, so that we can understand whether nutrient availability mediates responses to drought. We are working in tree plantations at Horizontes, so that we can have replicated trees from diverse species that represent different plant functional types. And congratulations to Kristen Becklund, who now goes by the name of Dr. Becklund after successfully defending her PhD.
Congratulations to Daniel, whose lovely mushroom picture is gracing the most recent cover of Ecological Monographs! While you are perusing this journal, check out the terrific paper by Sinsabaugh et al in this issue…
Also! Congratulations to Maga who got a Emerging Challenges in Tropical Science Fellowship from the Organization for Tropical Studies.
Congratulations all around! Christina passed her oral prelim, Leland got an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant and a Garden Club Fellowship to support his dissertation, German was admitted to the Plant Biological Sciences Graduate Program and got an ICGC Fellowship, and Bonnie landed a new faculty job! Also, we got a new field vehicle…. which will go by the name of “Vin Diesel” and will join our aging Galloper, “El Caballo Azul” in Horizontes.
Our “new” Blazer
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH POSITION IN TROPICAL ECOLOGY AT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
We are seeking a postdoc to participate in a collaborative DOE-funded project investigating the responses of seasonally dry tropical forests to global changes including nitrogen deposition and altered rainfall regimes. Responsibilities include field and lab work on large-scale throughfall exclusion and fertilization experiments in Costa Rica, manuscript preparation and submission, and interacting with modeling teams. The postdoc will be based in Costa Rica. The ideal candidate has a background in ecophysiology, ecosystems ecology and/or plant functional traits, and must have a good working knowledge of Spanish. For full consideration, please send a CV, cover letter expressing your interest in this position, and contact information for two references to Dr. Jennifer Powers at the University of Minnesota (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 2nd 2016.
We are excited to have Dr. Kara Allen join our team. Kara will be working on the new throughfall exclusion experiment at Horizontes, Costa Rica.
Also, we recently had collaborative papers come out on liana effects on seedling growth and biomass resilience of tropical secondary forests.
This series of letters to PNAS addresses the necessity and challenges of incorporating lianas into global vegetation models.
Verbeeck and Kearsley, 2015
Schnitzer et al 2015
Congratulations to Daniel who graduated this month! Hip hip hooray! We also had papers come out on the effects of lianas on soil moisture and warming effects on phenology in prairies.