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Managing Director ASCEND--Advancing Spectral biology in Changing ENvironments to understand Diversity

Sandra Durán

Lab and data manager:  Cathleen Lapadat 


Lab technicians: Allison Scott and Isaiah Clark, Lab phone: 612-624-6951

Postdoctoral associates/Research Scientists

 Antonio Guzmán Quesada

Mapping temperate forests and their stresses 

 Jesus Pinto Ledezma

Macroecology and evolution, community assembly, functional traits





Vinicius Marcilio da Silva

Functional biology and remote sensing of tree diversity in the urban landscape




 Brett Fredericksen

Using spectral biology to link genes to function


Ph.D. students

  Lucy Schroeder

climate adaptation of trees, plasticity, spectral biology

 Maria Park

forest diversity, soil processes, ecophysiology, remote sensing, art-based science communication

 Sally Donovan

linking above and belowground function in urban forests

Former Students and Postdocs

 Gerard Sapes

Post Doc 2018-2021
Accurate detection of oak wilt

 Clarissa Fontes

Post Doc 2018-2021
Ecophysiological variation with habitat
and climate in global oaks

  Shan Kothari

Ph.D. 2020

 Jen Teshera-Levye

PhD 2019, Post Doc 2020

 Josep Padulles

Post Doc 2017-2019

 Laura Williams

PhD 2018, Post Doc 2019 

 Jose Eduardo Meireles

Post Doc 2014-2018


 Jake Grossman

PhD 2017

   Beth Fallon

PhD 2017
Post Doc 2017-2019

Anna Schweiger

Post Doc 2014-2018


 Nick Deacon

Post Doc 2015-2017

  Alyson Center

PhD, 2015

Matthew Kaproth

Post Doc, 2013-2016

Will Pearse

UK flag  Will Pearse

Post Doc, 2012-2014

  Jose Ramírez-Valiente

Post Doc, 2012-2015

 Jessica Savage

PhD, 2010; Post Doc, 2010

 Xiaojing Wei

PhD, 2014

 Paul Gugger

PhD, 2010

Gina Quiram

PhD, 2013

 Antonio Gonzalez-Rodriguez

Post Doc, 2005-2006

 Jeffrey Klemens

Post Doc, 2004-2006

 Nick Deacon

PhD, 2009

Former Visiting Scholars

Associate Prof. Wei Wang, Peking University, Soil and microbial ecology

Prof. Wei Wang

Visiting Ph.D. student

PhD Student Vinicius Marcilio da Silva

Community Assembly, diversity and ecosystem service trade-offs in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil.







Visiting PhD 2013 

Mariana Alvarez Anorve

Plant ecophysiology

Mariana Anorve