The Burns lab explores factors influencing community assembly and biological invasions. Invasive species are a useful model system for understanding community assembly, because introduction of species to a new habitat is an unintended experiment in factors limiting species distributions.
Angela Brandt is off to a postdoc in New Zealand. We wish her the best of luck!
2 August 2013
Angela Kaczowka presented her Summer Program for Undergraduate Research poster presentation on "Can Spatiotemporal heterogeneity in soil moisture affect species coexistence?" at the CWRU Intersections poster session.
2 August 2013
Morgan MacBeth and Alexandra Flanigan presented their poster "Do closely related plants create similar soil microbial communities in the rhizosphere?" at the CWRU Intersections poster session.
23-24 March 2013
Colin Cope presented a poster "Does phylogeny help to explain patterns of invasiveness in the Ohio flora?" at the Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference at Notre Dame
13 March 2013
Jean was nominated for the Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate teaching at CWRU.
Angela Brandt's (Brandt et al. 2013) paper on the role of plant-soil feedback generated heterogeneity for plant population establishment is out in a Special Feature in the Journal of Ecology.
8 Jan 2013
Burns et al. (2013) publish a paper on the demography of invasive species: "Greater sexual reproduction contributes to differences in demography of invasive plants and their noninvasive relatives" in Ecology.
Jennifer's project will examine the roles of competition and plant-soil feedbacks in invasion of Rosa multiflora. Congratulations, Jennifer!
We recently received a two year award from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on the role of demographic stochasticity in community assembly at CWRU's University Farm. Above, Nicole Zimmerman is setting up a soil heterogeneity treatment in our common garden experiment.