Christina gives workshops on plant-water relations to 80 Costa Rican school teachers

CaptureAs part of the Broader Impacts for her NSF-DDIG, Christina Smith-Martin has been using simple and effective methods to help teachers communicate basic concepts in plant biology to grade school students.  They have been looking at xylem in celery that was dyed blue and thinking about how soda moves up through straws.  This is when she is not digging up whole trees and lianas!

Jennifer talks in Colombia

It has been a busy fall.  Jennifer gave a talk on tropical forest regeneration and reforestation at the 7th Colombian National Forest Congress in Medellin, Colombia. German started graduate school at UMN in the Plant Biological Sciences graduate program.  Last, we had papers come out in Oecologia, the American Naturalist, Ecology, and Environmental Research Letters.

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DRY FOREST DROUGHT EXPERIMENT GOES LIVE!

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.

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Mushrooms Rule!

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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!

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.

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Our “new” Blazer