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Postdoctoral associates

Beth Fallon

Accurate detection of oak diseases and drought using hyperspectral and ecophysiological tools

  Jesus Pinto Ledezma

Jesús Pinto-Ledezma

Macroecology and evolution, community assembly, functional traits

Josep Padulles

Ecological and socioeconomic drivers of urban biodiversity, community assembly and ecosystem services

​Anna Schweiger

Remote sensing of vegetation in the Dimensions of Biodiversity project at Cedar Creek.

Jose Eduardo Meireles (Dudu)

Biogeographic history, evolutionary genetics, and linking leaf optical spectra to plant functional traits and phylogenetics.

Ph.D. students

Laura Williams

Forests are complex systems made of many parts – trees, birds, insects, soil microbes, and more – that interact, change and adapt. My research examines the fascinating complexity of trees and forests, revealing insights that improve our ability to understand, manage and sustain Earth’s systems. Most recently, I have harnessed an international network of tree diversity experiments to investigate how the architecture and physiology of trees can be shaped by the composition of tree communities. This work untangles how both inherent and plastic differences among trees have consequences for how trees interact, grow and function together as forests.


  Jake Grossman

Using planted tree diversity experiments and common gardens at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, I explore how biodiversity across phylogenetic scales affects ecosystem structure and function in temperate forests. With Nick Deacon, I am also using molecular and physiological methods to characterize the identity of and assess the vulnerability to drought and freezing of upper Midwestern aspens species. Currently, I am a consultant at Minnesota's Center for Writing, where I work with diverse writers at all academic levels to develop and express their  ideas.  I am passionate about working with people from many walks of life. Fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity in science motivates me in all my work. When not in the classroom, field, or lab, I like to read, cook, run, and explore the dog parks of Minneapolis with my partner and our border collie-cocker spaniel mix, Pancho.


Jen Teshera-Levye

I am interested in understanding the functional roles that variation in vein architecture plays in the ecology and physiology of plants.

Shan Kothari

I am using hyperspectral data at both the leaf and canopy scales, as an enabling technology, to measure the ecological determinants of variation in leaf chemistry and canopy architecture in diverse plant assemblages.

Former Students and Postdocs

Nick Deacon

Post Doc 2015-2017


Beth Fallon

PhD 2017

  Xiaojing Wei

PhD 2016, Post Doc 2017

Matthew Kaproth

Post Doc, 2013-2016

  Alyson Center

PhD, 2015


Will Pearse
UK flag  Will Pearse

Post Doc, 2012-2014

  Jose Ramirez-Valiente

Post Doc, 2012-2015

Jessica Savage

PhD, 2010; Post Doc, 2010

Gina Quiram

PhD, 2013

Mariana Anorve

Mariana Alvarez Anorve

Post Doc, 2013

Paul Gugger

PhD, 2010

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.