Dilys presents a talk at the 7th Annual St. Louis Ecology, Evolution & Conservation (SLEEC) Retreat at Saint Louis University:
Vela Diaz, Dilys, Marko J. Spasojevic, Joseph A. LaManna, Jonathan A. Myers & the Smithsonian ForestGEO Network. Local niche-assembly mechanisms influence global patterns of forest biodiversity. 7th Annual St. Louis Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Retreat, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO.
Jonathan and Kay Kirkman publish a review and synthesis on “Mechanistic controls of community assembly and biodiversity in longleaf pine ecosystems”
Kirkman, L. Katherine & Jonathan A. Myers. 2017. Mechanistic controls of community assembly and biodiversity in longleaf pine ecosystems. Chapter 5 In: Kirkman, L. Katherine L. & Steven B. Jack (editors) Ecological Restoration and Management of Longleaf Pine Forests. CRC Press, Boca Raton.
Ashley, Chris, Joe, and Jonathan are off to the 102nd Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America (ESA) Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Our group will be presenting two talks and a poster in sessions on community assembly and neutral theory, ecosystem function, and species interactions:
- Ashley – How does environmental variation and functional traits influence biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships?
- Chris – What determines changes in community assembly mechanisms across productivity gradients?
- Joe – How do local biotic interactions contribute to the latitudinal-diversity gradient?
Jonathan attends a Center for Tropical Forest Science-Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) Workshop on “Integrating functional, phylogenetic and genetic components of diversity for an improved understanding of forest structure, dynamics, and change” in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The workshop included 64 participants from 18 countries spanning North and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.
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)
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!