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.

Michell Thomey Defends her Dissertation!

Congratulations to Michell Thomey who successfully defended her PhD dissertation, "The effects of precipitation variability on C4 photosynthesis, net primary production and soil respiration in a Chihuahuan Desert grassland," on 2 May 2012! Dr. Michell then had the opportunity to celebrate the event with her family before heading off to California and a well deserved vacation. Upon return Michell will be a postdoc with Will Pockman (and me) here at UNM on our recently funded EDGE project. Congratulations Michell!

April 2012 Issue of BioScience Highlights LTER Research

BioScience has published a collection of six synthesis articles derived from long-term ecological research to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the US LTER Network.

Konza Researchers receive LTREB Award from NSF

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Sara Baer (Southern Illinois University), John Blair (Kansas State University) and Scott Collins (UNM) a five year, $450,000 award from the Long-term Research in Environmental Biology Program to continue a long-term study on how environmental heterogeneity affects plant community structure and ecosystem processes during ecological restoration of tallgrass prairie.

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