Leland and his team have made terrific progress planting over 1800 seedlings from 30 species in the vertisol restoration trial. This project will provide information which species survive and grow best on heavily degraded vertic soils, and which functional traits are responsible. In other news, Kristen’s first dissertation chapter will be published soon, and another liana paper with Joey and Jennifer as co-authors was recently accepted for publication. Last! Sebastian Zarges from Germany joined our team as an intern. Welcome!