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Popular Science

Listen to these oak nerds tell the origin story of the American oaks and why they are such a cool lineage to study!

In Defense of Plants podcast on the oak origin sotry and what it means for conservation

Market Science

Our lab members communicate their research directly to the public through Market Science ( Market Science is a University of Minnesota-affiliated science outreach organization that connects local communities directly to researchers, research, and scientific tools at non-science community events like farmers markets and county fairs.

K-12 Outreach

Teaching students about plants and how critical they are to human well-being. We collaborate with Murray Middle School, a public school in our neighborhood, to give young minds hands on experiences with science.





Oaks of the Americas Conservation Network

In collaboration with colleagues at the Morton Arboretum and across Mexico, including at UNAM in Morelia, we have helped to launch a new professional network of botanists and conservationists from across North and Central America. Oaks of the Americas Conservation Network (OACN) is a consortium of experts from universities, botanical gardens, arboreta, industry, conservation NGOs, and government agencies dedicated to protecting threatened oak species from extinction. OACN was conceived at the International Workshop on Oak Conservation (March 2016), where 50 experts from seven countries convened at the Escuela Nacional de Estudios Superiores at UNAM in Morelia, Mexico.

Training students in Central America and Mexico


"Aprender haciendo": Our team has engaged over 200 Latin American students at the panamerican University of Zamorano in Honduras through the “Learning by Doing” program and the NSF funded LOARD (Live Oak Adaptation to Drought) project. Through this program, our team has given multiple hands-on lectures (in Spanish) to undergraduates at the University of Zamorano about climate change impacts on plants and the biosphere, the methods involved in the scientific project they are participating in, and an in-depth tour of the physiological equipment we use.





Costa Rica:

Through NSF LOARD, our research team is engaging undergraduates from UNED (Universidad Estatal a Distancia) in Liberia Costa Rica in scientific education and direct participation in our common garden experiments in Guanacaste.






Proyecto Encinos: With collaborator Antonio Gonzalez-Rodriguez, we have been conducting a student exchange between the University of Minnesota and the INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES EN ECOSISTEMAS Y SUSTENTABILIDAD at UNAM in Morelia over the past seven years. The program has received institutional funding from both universities and through the NSF New World Oak project. Together with Patricia Balvanera at IIES-UNAM and several other institutions, we co-teach a graduate level, cross-cultural sustainability science seminar.