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 2017 Spring Semester Meeting Schedule

Mondays 10:45 - 11:45 in 203 Green Hall, unless otherwise noted

Jan 23Peter Reich, "Upending the paradigm of C3 vs C4 responses to elevated CO2"
Jan 30Rachel King, prelim practice talk,"Nitrogen uptake and climate change in the temperate-boreal forest ecotone"
Feb 6No regular meeting; Rachel King presentation in 150 Ecology at 9am
Feb 13No meeting
Feb 16John Drake, "Forests in a changing climate: lessons from manipulative experiments", 150 Ecology, 2-3pm
Feb 20

Ethan Butler, "Canopy Radiation Interception in an Earth System Model"

Feb 27discussion of mycorrhizae papers (Bennet et al, Forest Ecology, 2017; Johnson et al, New Phytol, 2015; Teste et al, Plant Ecology, 2017; Brzostek et al, JGR, 2014)
Mar 6continuing discussion of mycorrhizae papers (Bennet et al, Forest Ecology, 2017; Johnson et al, New Phytol, 2015; Teste et al, Plant Ecology, 2017; Brzostek et al, JGR, 2014)
Mar 13Spring break, No meeting
Mar 20Lee Frelich, “Conserving biodiversity in a fragmented rapidly changing environment”
Mar 27Peter Kennedy, "Mycorrhizal fungi in Peatland forests: Community Patterns, Host Specificity, and Responses to Warming"
April 3No meeting
April 10Habacuc Flores, "Plant performance across a soil fertility gradient"
April 17Laura Dee, “Quantifying the functional resistance of ecosystem services using trait variation”
April 24No meeting
May 1Chris Fernandez, "B4Warmed experiment update: the integrated responses of tree hosts and ectomycorrhizal fungi"