5/2013 – New post doc
Kerry Bohl Stricker joined the lab as a post doc on our NSF-funded project evaluating pathogen accumulation on Microstegium. She comes to use from the Stiling Lab at USF where she worked on enemy release as a mechanism for plant invasions. See her recent paper in Ecology 93:8, 2012.
4/2013 – Bryan lands a research grant
Congratulations to Bryan who received a research grant from The Explorers Club for his work on forest restoration and bird conservation in Colombia this summer!
2/2013 – New paper in Environmental Research Letters
We recently published a paper on how to experimentally evaluate the invasion risk of biofuel crops (open access PDF). Popular press article here.
1/2013 – Erin gets a job
Erin Hamilton, an undergraduate research assistant in the lab, landed a full time job as an ecologist with Ground Level out of Bartow, FL. Congrats Erin!
10/2012 – Galapagos research trip
Luke is just back from the Galapagos where he saw lots of interesting endemic plants - and significant invasive plant problems. He planned and started to establish two research projects with Gonzalo Rivas, a PhD candidate in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.
8/2012 – New lab members Chris Wilson and Bryan Tarbox
Chris and Bryan joined the lab this fall as PhD students. Chris is in the Interdisciplinary Ecology program and Bryan is in the Agronomy Department - both received full University Fellowships!
4/2012 – New lab member Katie Nickerson
Katie is an undergraduate who will be working on allelopathy as a mechanism for the invasive success Brazilian pepper. She was selected as a 2012-2013 University Scholar!
12/2011 – New paper in Ecology
Our paper comparing the performance of native and introduced plant populations across multiple common gardens just came out in Ecology!
11/2011 – New paper in Ecosphere
In our paper that just came online in Ecosphere we show that the accumulation of pathogens on invasive Microstegium can have significant ecological consequences.
10/2011 – China Expedition
Luke is just back from a trip with Ari Novy (Rutgers Univ) and Shenglan Zeng (Fudan Univ) to Shanghai, Wuhan, and Beijing China. We collected samples for a Microstegium pop gen study, gave presentations, and saw some great sites.