Thanks to our fantastic Tyson summer research team, it has been another very successful, productive and fun summer. Our 2016 Natural Enemies team included from left to right: Rachel Becknell, McKenzie Ruff (Eureka High School), Cara Cook, Claudia & Mira Stein, Athena Oakes (Fort Zumwalt North High School), Taylor Rohan, Melissa Gastelum (Clayton High School), Nancy Conejo (University of Houston - Downtown), George Zhou, Junhwi Yoo (New College of Florida), Scott Mangan. Missing: Lara Tapy (Marquette HIgh School) , Michael Tobin (University of Houston - Downtown).
Rachel Becknell, a PhD student in the lab, presented her poster on "Plant-soil microbial interactions and their effects on tallgrass prairie communities" at the 24th North American Prairie Conference. The conference took place at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, from July 17-20. Rachel won the first place poster award at the conference- great job!
Two undergraduate students in our lab presented their posters at Washington University's spring Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 15. Congratulations to Anna and George!
Rachel and 6 fellow graduate students from the Biology Department earned Honorable Mentions in this year's NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition. Congratulations!
Check out Rachel's recent publication of her senior thesis project in Biological Conservation: M. Albrecht, R. Becknell, Q. Long (2016): Habitat change in insular grasslands: Woody encroachment alters the population dynamics of a rare ecotonal plant.
Scott and collaborators publish a new review:
Bever, James D., Scott A. Mangan & Helen M. Alexander (2015). Maintenance of Plant Species Diversity by Pathogens. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 46: 305-325.
Jenita Larry, one of our Tyson Environmental Research Fellows (TERF), and Molly Kuhs, one of our Tyson Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (TSURP), presented posters at the Washington University Undergraduate Research Symposium. Jenita worked together with our second TERFer, Megan Kerr, on the importance of soil microbes for functional traits of two forb species. Molly presented on the effects of below ground enemies on a native and a closely related exotic plant species. Congratulations, Jenita and Molly!
Our special thanks to all SIFT students for their invaluable help in harvesting biomass & measuring seed production of 168 mesocosms.