Stella Copeland's paper synthesizing plant community responses to California's historic drought, based on our NSF RAPID grant to survey drought effects, will appear later this year in Ecology.
Allie Weill is leading the Kids into Discovering Science (KiDS) program at Lower Lake Elementary school, which includes classroom teaching about ecology and evolution, a hands-on experiment, and a field trip to McLaughlin UC Natural Reserve.
Melis Akman is moving on to work with Ben Blackman at UC Berkeley on the genomics of domestication in sunflowers using ancient DNA while she continues to work with her existing network of collaborators on other things including submergence tolerance and the evolution and functional basis of plasticity.
Wildflowers are blooming spectacularly in many of last summer's burned oak woodlands, savannahs and grasslands. Last year's fires cleared thatch and stimulated germination, and this years rains have made things intensely green. Will this drought relief lead to a full rebound in plant diversity? Working with Susan Harrison, we hope to find out the answer soon.
"Post-fire moonscape" in Cache Creek Wilderness area burned by last summer's Rocky Fire:
It's wet out there!
An NCEAS working group Andrew was involved in last year is publishing a paper: "A global remote sensing mission to detect and predict plant functional biodiversity change" Nature Plants
Katie Stuble joined the lab for a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Institute for the Study of Ecological and Evolutionary Climate Impacts (ISEECI). She'll work on a meta-analysis of biotic community shifts at UC Natural Reserves, and be co-advised by Laurel Fox.
Our rain exclusion/ water addition experiment with Susan Harrison and Elise Gornish at McLaughlin Natural Reserve is up and running. We'll test how germination, survival and fitness responds of grassland plants respond to drought (rainout shelters) and mitigation of drought (watering).
Melis Akman's paper "Transcriptome sequencing reveals population differentiation in gene expression linked to functional traits and environmental gradients in South African shrub Protea repens" is out in New Phytologist
We helped to run a small conference and workshop in Cape Town 20-22 July: Plant Diversity in the GCFR -- From Genomes to Biomes
Marina visited NCAR in Boulder CO for a workshop on data anlysis methods
Jens published einen Doppelpack of papers on climate and disturbance effects on forest understory plant communities
-- In Journal of Ecology: "Forest disturbance accelerates thermophilization of understory plant communities"
-- in Global Change Biology: "Snowpack, fire, and forest disturbance: interactions affect montane invasions by non-native shrubs"
Stebbins Cold Canyon UC Reserve after the Wragg Fire: