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.

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Forest Ecology 2016 Fall Semester Meeting Schedule

Mondays 10:30-11:30am in 19 Green Hall

Sept. 14 Rebecca Montgomery, introductory meeting
Sept. 21 Eli Anosko, TBD
Sept. 26 mini-symposium: Global forests, biodiversity, climate change and carbon cycling: the tip of the iceberg (.pdf) 415 Alderman Hall 4-5:45pm
Sept. 28 No meeting
Oct. 5

Discussion papers, lead by Peter Reich  (1) Enhanced seasonal CO2 exchange caused by amplified plant productivity in northern ecosystems discussion, Forkel et al; (2) Decrease in winter respiration explains 25% of the annual northern forest carbon sink enhancement over the last 30 years, Yu et al; (3) Greening of the Earth and its drivers, Zhu et al.

Oct. 12 Peter Reich, "Respiration from minutes to years and from leaf to globe: advances in knowledge (and why this is problematic for global carbon cycle models)”
Oct. 19 Ethan Butler, "Global Trait Maps and a Simple Carbon Model"
Oct. 26 No meeting
Nov. 2 Lee Frelich, “Communicating science through the news media”
Nov. 9 Tarciso Leão, “Evolutionary and ecological patterns in the geographic range size of Atlantic Forest plants”
Nov. 16 Habacuc Flores, TBD
Nov. 23 no meeting
Nov. 30 Mike Schuster & Peter Wragg, “Cover it up! Using plants to control buckthorn”
Dec. 7 Laura Dee, discussion/workshop on the message box and chapter 8 from Escape from the Ivory tower 
Dec. 14 Clare Kazanski, TBD