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October 2014: Jens Stevens' recent paper in Canadian Journal of Forest Research selected as this month's "Editor's choice"

New Fynbos book released! Includes a chapter led by Jasper Slingsby on "The assembly and function of Cape plant communities in a changing world".

The lab's first postdoctoral researcher, Brooke Jacobs started a new job in the Ecosystem Conservation Division of the California Dept of Fish & Wildlife.

August 2014: Melis Akman received funding from NESCent to lead a workshop on RNAseq methods at the Workshop on Quantitative Evolutionary Biology in Izmir, Turkey.

Andrew is helping lead a working group on multispecies modeling as part of SAMSI's Mathematical and Statistical Ecology program for 2014-2015.

July 2014: Tina Heger's new paper, "Does experience with competition matter?" was selected to be a "Highlighted Article" by its journal PPEES

June 2014: The lab's first graduate student, Dr. Jens Stevens received his PhD in June! He's currently doing postdoctoral work with Malcolm North.

Allie Weill received this year's Spurr Service Award from the Graduate Group in Ecology.

May 2014: Katie Eskra and Allie Weill are helping establish a citizen science project on phenology at Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve.

April 2014: NSF funded a Harrison-Latimer RAPID proposal: "RAPID: Using the historic Californian drought to gain a predictive understanding of the effects of severe climatic events on plant communities". Field sampling is already done and we are starting to look at drought-induced patterns.


Our group studies how environmental variation affects plant communities, populations, species and lineages. We are especially interested in how plants respond to change -- rapid major disturbance such as fire, as well as more gradual changes in climate. At the shortest time scales, we are focusing on how communities and populations respond to drought and fire, and how invasive species respond to novel habitat. Over longer time scales, we examine local adaptation to gradients in climatic conditions and to variability in those conditions. At the longest time scales, we are also interested in how lineages change as they encounter novel conditions and diversify. Much of our work involves fire, since this plays such a major role in the ecology and evolution of Mediterranean climate floras and in local land management here in California. Our research on the interactions among fire, vegetation, and climate has direct application to forest management in an era of climate and land use change.

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