Marko sampling alpine-tundra communities in the Colorado Rockies

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Marko Spasojevic  |  Tyson Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Before joining the Myers lab in May of 2013, I was a post-doc in Dr. Susan Harrison’s lab at the University of California–Davis where I studied the assisted relocation of serpentine endemic plants and functional diversity patterns across environmental gradients in Oregon and California. I received my PhD in Ecology from the University of California–Irvine in 2010 where I examined mechanisms of community assembly in alpine tundra at the Niwot Ridge LTER in Colorado. I received my BS in Biology from the University of Washington and my Associates of Science from Shoreline Community College. I grew up in Edmonds Washington and spent five years in the U.S. Army Infantry at Ft. Bragg (North Carolina) and Schofield Barracks (Hawaii).

I am broadly interested in how multiple mechanisms interact to structure plant communities and influence ecosystem function. My research combines large-scale observational studies, field experiments, soil resource measurements, functional and phylogenetic approaches, and advanced statistics and modeling to address environmental issues and to explore fundamental questions in ecology. My current research in the Myers Lab focuses on (1) the role of ontogeny in community assembly, (2) how regional species pool diversity interacts with local scale processes to structure forest communities, and (3) understanding the influence of intraspecific trait variability on patterns of beta-diversity. Please see my website for more information.