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 on the Road

Presentations on rainfall manipulation experiments and Sevilleta LTER were given at the Institute of Ecological Botany, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Vacratot, Hungary in April and the International Association of Vegetation Science Annual Meeting in Lyon, France in June 2011. It is encouraging to see and learn about so many interesting experiments on climate change being conducted in grassland ecosystems around the globe. Next up...the global rainfall manipulation experiment. Stay tuned....

Ecological Society of America News

Scott Collins will become President Elect of the Ecological Society of America starting at the ESA Annual meeting in August 2011, President in August 2012 and Past-President in August 2013. The Ecological Society of America is the country's primary professional organization of ecologists, representing over 10,000 scientists in the United States and around the world. For more information about ESA go to http://www.esa.org.

Study Abroad in Brazil!

The University of New Mexico, in partnership with Texas Tech University, is offering two opportunities to study abroad in Brazil. The first opportunity is a week long visit to Brazil over Spring Break 2011. This trip will introduce students to environmental research and engineering studies as well as the culture of Brazil. All interactions will be in English on this trip. All costs will be covered other than meals. Estimated costs for meals per student will be around $350.

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