General Announcements

Laura Ladwig successfully defends her dissertation and accepts a postdoc position at Wisconsin!

Everyone please congratulate Dr Laura Ladwig after a wonderful departmental seminar attended by a large audience followed by a successful defense of her dissertation research. Laura plans to get the rest of her chapters submitted for publication before leaving for a work environment with higher mean annual rainfall. And she has successfully fulfilled that goal! Laura, who just happens to be from Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, will start a postdoc with Ellen Damschen at the University of Wisconsin on 1 July! Three Cheers!

Another successful ESA Meeting!

Everyone had a great time at the 98th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Minneapolis.

New NSF Award will create workflows for analysis of temporal community dynamics

We are thrilled to receive a new collaborative award from the Advances in Biological Informatics Program at NSF. Project PIs are Corinna Gries (University of Wisconsin), Matt Jones (NCEAS) and Scott Collins. This three year award from NSF will allow us to develop workflow tools and metrics to be used in the analysis of temporal dynamics of ecological communities. The "public abstract" for this award (also posted on the NSF website) states:

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