Jul. 2017: New paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution on biotic interactions and large-scale biodiversity-productivity relationships
Joe, Chris, Jonathan and collaborators publish a paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution!
LaManna, Joseph A., R. Travis Belote, Laura A. Burkle, Christopher P. Catano & Jonathan A. Myers. 2017. Negative density dependence mediates biodiversity-productivity relationships across scales. Nature Ecology & Evolution (In Press). Abstract PDF
Joe, Dilys, Jonathan and collaborators publish a paper in Science!
LaManna, Joseph A., Scott A. Mangan, Alfonso Alonso, Norman A. Bourg, Warren Y. Brockelman, Sarayudh Bunyavejchewin, Li-Wan Chang, Jyh-Min Chiang, George B. Chuyong, Keith Clay, Richard Condit, Susan Cordell, Stuart J. Davies, Tucker J. Furniss, Christian P. Giardina, I. A. U. Nimal Gunatilleke, C. V. Savitri Gunatilleke, Fangliang He, Robert W. Howe, Stephen P. Hubbell, Chang-Fu Hsieh, Faith M. Inman-Narahari, David Janík, Daniel J. Johnson, David Kenfack, Lisa Korte, Kamil Král, Andrew J. Larson, James A. Lutz, Sean M. McMahon, William J. McShea, Hervé R. Memiaghe, Anuttara Nathalang, Vojtech Novotny, Perry S. Ong, David A. Orwig, Rebecca Ostertag, Geoffrey G. Parker, Richard P. Phillips, Lawren Sack, I-Fang Sun, J. Sebastián Tello, Duncan W. Thomas, Benjamin L. Turner, Dilys M. Vela Díaz, Tomáš Vrška, George D. Weiblen, Amy Wolf, Sandra Yap & Jonathan A. Myers. 2017. Plant diversity increases with the strength of negative density dependence at the global scale. Science 356: 1389-1392 Abstract PDF Supplementary Material
Commentary: “How latitude affects biotic interactions” (Comita 2017, Science)
News Coverage: “Global forest network cracks the case of tropical biodiversity” (Washington University Newsroom)
News Coverage: “Is this the long-sought answer to the question of tropical biodiversity?” (Smithsonian News Desk)
News Coverage: “Why do we see more species in tropical forests? The mystery may finally be solved” (Smithsonian Magazine)
The summer field season is underway at the Tyson Research Center! The trees don’t stand a chance against this team.
Photo Caption: Tyson Forest Biodiversity Team (Summer 2017) – Left to right: Mike Lehmann (technician), Emily Dewald-Wang (undergraduate fellow), Hayley Huntley (undergraduate fellow), Maya Samuels-Fair (undergraduate fellow), Emma Waltman (undergraduate fellow), Liam Engel (undergraduate fellow), Mariel Lutz (undergraduate fellow), Jacqueline Res (undergraduate fellow), Ben Chase (technician), Becky Roper (technician)
Mar. 2017: New paper in Ecosphere on dispersal and fire-generated environmental filtering in species-rich communities
Jonathan and collaborators publish a paper in Ecosphere on mechanisms of community assembly in the species-rich longleaf pine ecosystem:
Harms, Kyle E., Paul R. Gagnon, Heather A. Passmore, Jonathan A. Myers & William J. Platt. 2017. Groundcover community assembly in high-diversity pine savannas: Seed arrival and environmental filtering through fire-generated pores. Ecosphere 8: e01716. Abstract PDF
Prescribed burning of 2.5-ha forest plots is underway for the species-pool functional diversity experiment at the Tyson Research Center!
Chris publishes his first dissertation chapter in Ecology Letters!
Catano, Christopher P., Timothy L. Dickson & Jonathan A. Myers. 2017. Dispersal and neutral sampling mediate contingent effects of disturbance on plant beta-diversity: A meta-analysis. Ecology Letters (In Press). Abstract Early View
Congratulations to our 2016 Tyson Environmental Research Fellows (TERF)–Calvin Schaefer (Metro Academic and Classical High School), Devin Haas (Marquette High School), Hayley Huntley (Eureka Senior High School), and Mya Miranda (Hazelwood West High School)–on their excellent research presentations and posters at the TERF Research Symposium!
Nov. 2016: “What kind of fungus are you?” – Global Change Biology paper adapted for Science Journal for Kids
An adaptation of our recent paper in Global Change Biology (Fisher et al. 2016) was published in Science Journal for Kids / Environmental Science Journal for Teens!
The Mangan and Myers Labs co-host a departmental social event with a “tropical biology” theme, featuring empanadas, patacones, plátanos maduros, Latin music, and vintage portraits of the hosts in the field.
Congratulations to Ashley on her outstanding poster presentation at the Washington University Undergraduate Research Symposium!
Knudson, Ashley, Christopher P. Catano & Jonathan A. Myers. 2016. Biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships are mediated by the environment and functional-trait assembly. Washington University Undergraduate Research Symposium, St. Louis, MO.