seeing the forest for the trees
Welcome to the Zanne Lab!
Our research focuses on ecological, evolutionary, and biogeographic determinants of species distributions. We do this by measuring physiological, morphological, and anatomical functional traits across many species. We are located in the Department of Biological Sciences at George Washington University.
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Fall 2016
Finally, a much needed update. We have had a lot of changes this past year. Oyomoare successfully defended her PhD and graduated. She is now a postdoc at the Missouri Botanical Garden with CCSD. Brad started as Assistant Professor at New College in Florida. Darcy also left us and is now the Public Outreach Manager for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. We miss them but are excited to watch what they are up to from afar.
Amy M has spent the year overseeing the DC based arm of the lab. She has been busy juggling projects in the field surveying fungi in wood at SERC and microcosm experiments at GWU. Amy received an NSF DDIG to support her research on microbial decay of wood.

Henry has spent the year working closely with Amy M on various projects. This lead to him developing his undergraduate thesis project looking at fungal interactions in decaying wood. He has received support from Harlan, Luther Rice and SURE fellowships. NAFEW over the summer to participate in a symposium on the importance of deadwood in forest ecosystems.

Marissa Lee is a new postdoc in the lab. Marissa recently finished her PhD at Duke University with Justin Wright. With us, she will be exploring microbial community structure and function from projects in MO, USA to NSW, Australia. She will soon be visiting Will Cornwell and Jeff Powell in Sydney.

Tania Fort just finished her MSc degree in ecology at the University of Bordeaux and started a PhD at INRA with Corinne Vacher at INRA Biogeco and University of Bordeaux, co supervised by Amy and Lisa Wingate. Tania is looking at interactions between microbes and plants from leaves to seeds. She will be visiting us in DC next year.

Amy Z was on sabbatical for the year based out of Bordeaux at INRA Biogeco and University of Bordeaux with Sylvain Delzon but also spent time with Hans Cornelissen in Amsterdam and Aimee Classen in Copenhagen. She visited many other people and countries in her year across Europe and Australasia, including completing a pilot project with Alex Cheesman and Lucas Cernusak on the relative role of termites and saprotrophic microbes along a rainfall gradient in Queensland, Australia. The project has now expanded to across the TERN SuperSite network and many sites around the globe. Amy, Alex Cheesman and Lucas Cernusak co organized a symposium at the annual ATBC meeting in Montpellier, France on tropical drought. Amy Z, Amy M, and Henry attended the MSA meetings in Berkeley, before the Amys continued onto NCEAS for the NSF-funded Fungal Functional Traits working group organized by Amy Z. This September/October, Amy helped to co organize with Adrienne Nicotra and Wade Tozer "Future directions in ecology: retreat and discussion meeting", a science-celebration for Mark Westoby. She then went to the Netherlands to continue prjects with Toby Kiers, Hans Cornelissen, Gijsbert Werner, Will Pearse, Will Cornwell, James Weedon, and Gregoire Freschet from wood decay to plant dependencies. Recent publications range from examining latitudinal gradients in phylogenetic diversity of food production and consumption lead by Erik Nelson to a Bayesian model for vessel length estimation lead by Brad Oberle to CH4 production in decaying wood lead by Kris Covey to the global spectrum of plant form and function lead by Sandra Diaz. This fall she is teaching her Analyses in R graduate seminar with help from Amy M and Marissa and is looking forward to teaching her spring Plants class in the new GWU Ecology teaching space.


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