Melinda Smith discussing the International Drought Experiment (IDE)
Read about the lighter side of field work at Konza Prairie, written by Mary Linabury
Can’t get enough of grasslands!
Congratulations to Alicia for successfully defending her Master’s thesis focused on the Shortgrass Steppe! The Smith lab is excited to see the great things Alicia does next!
Alex, Carina and Mary presented their research at the Graduate Showcase on November 16. Carina won the New Graduate Student Award! Congrats all!
In September, Smith lab members got a chance to go to the LTER All Scientists Meeting 2022 in sunny California!!
We are pleased to announce that Tim Ohlert is joining the Smith Lab in Fall 2022 as our new postdoc. Check out his website for more about his research! https://timothyohlert.weebly.com/
We are interested in species changes at the community level, but we’re also interested in different, smaller scales. Looking at how transcription changes can help identify unique expressed signatures of different species and how they respond to different environments.
Below, graduate students Francis Chaves and Ava Hoffman prepare samples in liquid nitrogen for RNA sequencing. We hope to see that different genotypes of Andropogon gerardii have differences in plasticity over a soil water content gradient.