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 2019 Spring Semester Meeting Schedule - Thursdays at 12:00pm in 19 Green Hall

Sep 12 Peter Reich - A fingerprint of climate change across pine forests of Sweden: evidence from a 1,000km transect sampled in 1915 and 2015
Sep 19 Ethan Butler - How much difference do trait distributions make in a land surface model?
Sep 26 Rebecca Montgomery - Red rice: forest restoration in Madagascar (aka my travels to Mada this summer)
Oct 03 Lee Frelich - Climate change and disturbance
Oct 10 Cancelled
Oct 17 Laura Williams - Spectral detection of diversity-enhanced productivity and its drivers in tree communities
Oct 24 Rachel King - Investigating differences in soil carbon storage and stabilization along an AM-EM gradient and in relation to earthworm abundance.
Oct 31 Cancelled
Nov 07 Cancelled
Nov 14 Sarah Skikne - Testing TNC's climate resilience strategy using FIA data
Nov 21 Mike Schuster - Using plants to control buckthorn - lessons from 3 years of revegetation trials
Nov 28 U.S. Thanksgiving - No meeting
Dec 05 Sam Reed - The good, the bad, and the ugly - A story of canopy gaps, deer, and earthworms
Dec 12 Artur Stefanski - For a few water molecules more
Dec 19 Pot Luck