General Announcements

Press-pulse interactions, spatial variability and ecological state change

Check out these two recent publications on drivers and indicators of state change and recovery. This is pretty interesting. Although the models and empirical data are mostly from mesic systems, these ideas definitely apply to aridland systems as well.

Ratajczak, Z., P. D’Odorico, J.B. Nippert, S.L. Collins, N.A. Brunsell and S. Ravi. 2017. Changes in spatial variance during a grassland to shrubland state transition. Journal of Ecology 105: 750-760.


Shared drivers but divergent ecological responses: insights from long-term experiments in mesic savanna grasslands.

Here's a cool summary of our ~10 years of research comparing a tallgrass prairie in North America (Konza) to grasslands in South Africa (Kruger Park and Ukulinga Research Farm). Check it out in BioScience (Smith et al. 2016). The abstract says:

Congratulations to Kina Murphy, PhD!!!

On 11 May 2016, Kina Murphy successfully defended her dissertation, "Mitigating the Impacts of Human Land-Use Change on Biodiversity: with a focus on large migratory species." Her presentation was well-attended and she handled questions with aplomb! She will now work on the final revisions to her dissertation, and preparing manuscripts for publication before getting back to her professional life applying her knowledge to help make the world a better place to live.

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