The forest ecology group at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is made up of individuals from the Reich and Montgomery labs and the Center for Forest Ecology (Frelich) and is based in the Department of Forest Resources. The Hobbie, Cavender-Bares and Powers labs in the Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, and the Kipfmueller lab in the Dept. of Geography are also participants in the group. Additionally, we collaborate with Tali Lee in the Biology Department at U of WI - Eau Claire, Cindy Hale at U of MN - Duluth, and Meredith Cornett at The Nature Conservancy and others.

Our 'group' is open to anyone with an interest in forest ecology!

In the forest ecology lab we address questions of a fundamental nature while simultaneously focusing on issues of importance to society and the environment, often within a global environmental change framework.

Forest Ecology 2016 Spring Semester Meeting Schedule

Mondays 10:00-11:00am in 19 Green Hall

Jan. 25Peter Reich, "Secrets of plant design: causes and consequences from the neighborhood to the ecotone to the globe"
Feb. 1Lee Frelich, Disturbance legacies, spatial scale, and forest resilience
Feb. 8No meeting
Feb. 15discussion papers, Kunstler et al, Plant functional traits have globally consistent effects on competition & Falster et al, Multi-trait eco-evolutionary dynamics explain niche diversity and evolved neutrality in forests
Feb. 22Terry Serres, preliminary talk and discussion around one or two papers on the topic of ‘aggressive native species and habitat degradation’
Feb. 29Kyungsoo Yoo, Trophic vs. Ecosystem Engineering: Impacts of Exotic Earthworms on Forest Soils
Mar. 7Ming Chen, Simulating long term carbon budgets across agricultural sites using CLM4-Crop
Mar. 14Spring Break, No meeting
Mar. 21Ethan Butler, global trait maps
Mar. 28Karen Rice, SPRUCE project: Groundlayer composition and climate change
April 4Rachel King, Prelim outline and dissertation directions
April 11Guanshui Chen, Belowground responses of Chinese fir seedlings to soil warming in subtropical China
April 18Xiaorong Wei, Soil nitrogen cycling in BioCON
April 25Raimundo Bermudez, Spatio-temporal variability in ecophysiological determinants of performance: a study in perennial herbs of coastal foredunes
May 2Peter Reich, TBD
May 9Lauren Cline, Historical Contingencies during Fungal Community Assembly and Wood Decay