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 Spring Semester Meeting Schedule - Mondays at noon in 19 Green Hall

Jan 22 meeting postponed
Jan 29 Peter Reich, Unexpected reversal of C3 versus C4 grass response to elevated CO2 during a 20-year field experiment
Feb 5 Lee Frelich, World-wide patterns of disturbance in temperate forests
Feb 12 No meeting
Feb 19 TBD
Feb 26 Naomi Schwartz, "How do rainfall seasonality and soils influence photosynthetic sensitivity to rainfall in seasonally dry tropical forests?"
March 5 Rebecca Montgomery
March 12 Spring break, no meeting
March 19 Laura Willians & Ethan Butler, Canopy photosynthesis: tree diversity and simple models
March 26 Ryan Toot, Community analysis of bur oak
April 2 Rachel King, TBD
April 9 Ming Chen, TBD
April 16 Artur Stefanski, TBD
April 23 Craig See, Global drivers of fine root decomposition within and across sites
April 30 Sam Reed, Compounding disturbances and the varying ways we describe them
May 7 Juan Dupuy, What makes a tropical dry forest tree an “oligarch”?