Mushrooms Rule!


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.


Our “new” Blazer

Looking for a new postdoc


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 ( by April 2nd  2016.

Lianas reduce tropical forest carbon storage

The new collaborative paper with Stefan Schitzer and Geertje van der Heijden on the effects of lianas on forest carbon storage and cycling is out today.  Check it out here, or see this link for media coverage at the Australian or the New York Times or EOS.  We used a large-scale liana removal experiment in Panama to create forests with and lianas and forests without them.  Liana-free tropical forests devoted more NPP to stem growth. By contrast, forests with lianas devoted more NPP to canopy production.

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