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

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Forest Ecology 2020 Spring Semester Meeting Schedule - Wednesdays at 12:00pm on Zoom

Feb 2 Thurs, 2-3pm GH 203: Lee Frelich - Climate change adaptation in parks of the Great Lakes region
Feb 13 Thurs, 2-3pm GH 203: Ethan Butler - Noyce, et al, 2019 PNAS
Feb 19 Ethan Butler - Du, et al, 2020 Nature Geoscience
Feb 26 Mike Schuster - Felton, et al. 2019 GCB and Vetter, et al. 2020 GCB
Mar 4 Cancelled
Mar 11 Spring Break
Mar 18 COVID-19 Discussion
Mar 25 Peter Reich - 8 Years of TERAcon data
Apr 1 Yan Geng - Effects of selection cutting on a forest ecosystem in Northeast China
Apr 8 Lee Frelich - Jumping worms in Minnesota: Introducing the jumping worm project
Apr 15 PUGSLEY Session, see above
Apr 22 Rachel King - Manuscript Draft
Apr 29 PUGSLEY Session, see above
May 6  Sam Reed - Wisconsin Data Processing or West Virginia Field Plan