Thanks to the amazing work of Matt Lau (who I've known since he was an undergrad at Humboldt State in 2003), we know more about how one of the coolest genera on the planet might respond to climate change. The work came out recently in one of my favorite OA journals - PeerJ.
It's been a while since I've posted something here, but lots has happened. The group and our collaborators have published a series of papers on the usual topics - ant macroecology, alpine ecology, global change, and (in a twist) coral reefs, among other things. Check out the updated publications page here. And we've posted a few new photos here (and below).
We struck out in the field today. That happens. Long story short: site still under about two feet of snow. Flat tire. Broken lug nut. But, the view was still beautiful. And note the "watermelon" snow, which is caused by an algae.
Josefine defended her cool thesis on the effects of temperature and dominant plant species on plant community structure in the Alps. Not surprisingly, she did a wonderful job.
It's been a while since I've posted here because life has intervened. We've now (mostly) relocated to the University of Vermont. It's taken time to get settled, but things are great. Especially now that I've been skiing a few times.
Niklas presented and defended his thesis on urban ant macroecology this morning. It's a unique dataset that's going to lead to a really cool paper very soon, we promise!
We're wrapping up an incredible field season in the Rockies. We worked on WARM. We flew drones. We worked on SALT with Mike Kaspari. We worked on ants. We worked on plants, microbes, traits, fungi, flies, rodents (maybe), hoppers, deer, etc. etc. One more week, then back to Copenhagen for writing, thinking, teaching, collaborating, and getting hygge.
I'm happy to announce that the Carlsberg Foundation has just awarded us funding for our ongoing project looking at the effects of warming and dominant plant species in montane plant communities around the world. We'll be searching for a postdoc position in the very near future, so stay tuned.
Emilie Elten presented and defended her MSc thesis, and did an outstanding job. Now, we turn it into a manuscript! More soon on climate, invasions, and global patterns of ant diversity.
A new paper, led by the wonderful Anibal Pauchard and c0-authored with a stellar team is just out in Biological Invasions. Give it a read, if you want to know more about the susceptibility of mountains to invasions and ongoing global change.
The Warm Ants team has a new paper out in BMC Genomics, led by John Stanton-Geddes.
Noelia Barrios and Mariano Rodriguez-Cabal now have a new WARM site up and running in Patagonia. Can't wait to go visit again and to see the data.
Lab alumn Katie Stuble has accepted a position as an amazing research scientist at Holden Arboretum, recent PhD Lacy Chick is now doing a postdoc with super Sarah Diamond, and postdoc Israel Del Toro has accepted an Assistant Professor position at lovely Lawrence University. Well done, all! And here's to a productive and happy 2016 .
Nate is back in Tennessee, for Lacy's PhD defense. It's great being back and seeing old friends and old favorite haunts.