Forest ecology/Evolutionary biology

Redundancy lost? Competition among wood-degrading fungi in northern forests

We are testing the competitive dynamics among fungi colonizing and then degrading wood in northern forests, where diversity is low along with functional redundancy, and the consequences of saprobe shifts could be significant.

Jonathon Schilling, UMN

Zewei Song, UMN

Funding: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Intraspecific leaf variation in North American viburnum

The goal of the project is to characterize the range of variation in leaf traits within each of the North American Viburnum species, from Florida to Maine to Minnesota.

Elizabeth Spriggs, Yale Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Funding: Yale and National Science Foundation (DEB-1145606)

Historical timber harvest effects on soil characteristics in CFC’s aspen and red pine forests

The goal of this project is to characterize the effect of soil compaction on regeneration density and height using a chronosequence containing 10 red pine and aspen stands harvested in the last two decades at the Cloquet Forestry Center.

Emmie Peters, UMN Forest Resources

Minnesota Natural Areas Metagenome Project

Our objective is to characterize the soil microbiome throughout Minnesota, with representative samples acquired from each of the state’s major ecological sections and subsections.

John Rotenberry, UMN

Michael Sadowsky, UMN

Christopher Staley, UMN 

Funding: UMN CBS Dean's Office and UMN BioTechnology Institute

Individual and population patterns of seed production by white spruce (Picea glauca)

The objective of this project is to examine the patterns and the abiotic and biotic drivers of spatial and temporal variation in cone production by white spruce, locally and regionally.

Jalene LaMontagne, Depaul University