Welcome! Our research focuses on the impact of natural disturbances and global environmental change on mesic and arid grassland ecosystems. We are particularly interested in the interactive effects of fire, grazing and drought in mesic grasslands in North America and South Africa, and how rainfall variability, temperature change, and shrub encroachment affect aridland ecosystems in the southwestern US.


Sevilleta LTER to receive the world's slowest RAPID award from NSF!

Following the ESA wildfire in August 2009 we submitted a RAPID proposal to address a series of questions related to ecosystem reconstruction under global change.

Sevilleta LTER to receive collaborative ULTRA-Ex funding!

The Sevilleta LTER in collaboration with the Jornada (JOR) and Central Arizona Phoenix (CAP) LTER sites will receive an ULTRA-Ex award from NSF. This is a planning grant to develop a cooperative effort in urban social-ecological research between and across the three sites.

The abstract of proposed research:

Laura Ladwig wins the 2010 Distinguished Master's Thesis Award from the Graduate School of Eastern Illinois University

This spring Laura was award the 2010 Distinguished Master's Thesis Award from the Graduate School of Eastern Illinois University. Congratulations to Laura! One of Laura's theses papers was recently published in Ecology. Check it out: Ladwig and Meiners 2010 Ecology 91: 671-680. Laura just completed the first year of her PhD program at UNM where she will be working on grass-shrub interactions and microbial processes (among other things) at the Sevilleta.

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