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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.

IN THE NEWS: Invasive earthworms endangering Minnesota forests

Crowther and Reich: Soil carbon loss could accelerate global warming  A study, led by College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS) Forest Resources Adjunct Professor T.W. Crowther found that warming will drive the loss of at least 55 trillion kilograms of carbon from the soil by mid-century, adding an additional 17 percent on top of the projected emissions due to human-related activities during that period. Published in the journal Nature, the research drew from 49 climate change experiments worldwide, including six in Minnesota. Read the full story and watch the related video.

Pop-Up Global Symposia about Life & Ecology for You 2020 II

Please see the dedicated page for updated information at https://forestecology.cfans.umn.edu/pugsley2020

Forest Ecology 2020 Fall Semester Meeting Schedule - Thursday at 2pm on Zoom

Sep. 24 Peter Reich - People, Power, and Purpose
Oct. 1 Cancelled
Oct. 8 Peter Reich - Clement, et al. The domestication of Amazonia before European Conquest
Oct. 15 Ethan Butler - Falster, et al. - How functional traits influence plant growth and shade tolerance across the life cycle
Oct. 22 Cancelled
Oct. 29 Peter Wragg & Mike Schuster - "Using Plants to Control Buckthorn" Practice Talks
Nov. 5 Coffee Hour
Nov. 12 Cancelled
Nov. 19 Mara McPartland - What do trees remember? Diverging perspectives on autocorrelation in tree ring series
Nov. 26  
Dec. 3  
Dec 10
Dec. 17