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Colorado State University

Congrats to Alicia!

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!

Grassland Ecologists.. in the lab!

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.

 

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Shortgrass Steppe

Although most of the Smith Lab works at Konza, we sometimes visit the Shortgrass Steppe site in Eastern Colorado. Early season rainfall brings out the color at EDGE!IMG_1148

Oxalis stricta

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Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel) enjoys the early season sun before its grass neighbors grow tall.

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