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HabacucFlores Moreno
 6420 Science and Engineering Hall
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My research aims to link the role of (functional) traits to community and ecosystem process in different environmental and ecological contexts. Currently my focus is on understanding the role that plant traits, as well as fungal and insect communities play on wood decomposition.

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My research aim is to better understand links between species composition and ecosystem functioning. While species contribute to ecosystem processes that are critical to ecosystem and human health, e.g. carbon storage and nutrient retention, it is often a challenge to figure out who matters. My dissertation work focused on plant communities, but I am currently turning to the plant afterlife, working on the microbiome of decaying trees.
Graduate Students

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My research focuses on how fungal communities shape fungal ecosystem function through wood decomposition rates. At the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, I have a field project that seeks to link the phenology of fungal activities to their environmental drivers to determine whether fungal ecosystem function may respond to climate change in similar ways to fungal fruiting. I am also involved in a large scale forest harvesting experiment in northern Minnesota to determine how tree removal impact fungal communities and wood decay rates.

UMR Biogeco – Biodiversity, Genes, & Communities
Universite de Bordeaux
Allee Geoffroy St-Hilaire
Bat. B2
33615 Pessac, France
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I enjoy discovering how microorganisms interact with plants and between each other. I am interested into how microorganisms’ communities are shaped by abiotic and biotic factors. I am also curious about which microorganisms enhance the plant metabolism and how those interactions impact the ecosystem. For my PhD, I am studying the influence of microclimate on leaf microbiota and feedback effects on leaf physiology and phenology.

Undergraduate Students

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My heart lies at the salty boundary of land and water where the salt marsh ecotone prevails. I am specifically interested in the interactions within wetlands that revolve around climate change, sea level rise, and invasive species. My current project investigates challenges and impacts that climate change and sea level rise present to the return of nutrients housed in the invasive marsh species, Phragmites Australis, back into the peaty soils of the marsh.

  We are looking for undergraduate students who are  interested in joining the lab. See the join page for more information.
Visiting Researchers

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I am a Ph.D. Geography student at the Boston University Department of Earth & Environment advised by Michael Dietze. My research focuses on the drivers and ecological consequences of variability in plant functional traits. Understanding how traits change under different environmental conditions, and how these changes are related to ecological dynamics, will allow us to improve representations of plant diversity in predictive models, and therefore improve our predictions of how ecosystems will respond to climate change. In addition, a key part of my work is developing and applying techniques for mapping plant traits through space and time using remote sensing observations at various scales.
Lab Alumni

OyomoareOsazuwa-Peters PhD
AndrewHarrington M.S.
 AndrewMiller M.S.
GonzaloRivas M.S.
MandyTerry M.S.
VaniaTorrez M.S.
 ElvisValderrama M.S.

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