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.

Forest Ecology 2018 Autumn Semester Meeting Schedule - Tuesdays at 10:30am in 19 Green Hall

Sep 11 Lee Frelich leads intro session
Sep 18 Amy Churchill, Pastures and Climate Extremes (PACE): Early plant responses
Sep 25 Craig See, Decadal increases in N:P ratios of leaf litter suggest shifting nutrient limitations for Southern Appalachian forests.
Oct 2 Claudia Nanninga, Potential for phenological asynchrony between a boreal tree species and an invasive insect
Oct 9 Abby Glauser, Assessing the ecosystem services povided by lichens and mosses in Minnesota forests
Oct 16 Ryan Toot, Climate-biome envelope modelling in the Lake States
Oct 23 Cancelled
Oct 30 Ethan Butler, Incorporating trait distributions into a land surface model
Nov 6 Group, Elevator Speeches
Nov 13 Kyungsoo Yoo, Preliminary observations of earthworm invasion in Alaskan boreal forests
Nov 20 Artur Stefanski, Not hot and dry enough? Surprising absence of warming and drought effect on biochemical limitation of photosynthesis
Nov 27 Peter Reich, Discussion: Necessity Defense in the context of climate change
Dec 4 Group - Sam Reed facilitates, Climate change ethics/new articles
Dec 11 Peter Wragg / Mike Schuster, Cover It Up! Using plants to control buckthorn
Dec 18 Potluck at NOON!!!!! (Please note the date change)