Feb 28: NSF recommended Harrison-Latimer RAPID proposal for funding:
"RAPID: Using the historic Californian drought to gain a predictive understanding of the effects of severe climatic events on plant communities"
Lab members will lead two Organized Oral Sessions at ESA Annual Meeting in Sacramento, August 2014:
~Melis Akman: "Ecological genomics as an emerging field: opportunities for non-model organisms"
~Jens Stevens: "Experimental Forests and Ranges as a Research Network"
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.