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The message is clear

The message is clear

Natural communities, complex and context-dependent as they like to be,  make it hard for ecologists to reach consensus about even the most fundamental questions. But, although a rare case,  this IS sometimes possible, and scientist can get together and send out a loud and clear message to the public and decision makers.  In a recent article published in Nature, B. Cardinale and collegues (with Diane included!), were able to summarize the evidence from the last 20 years of research on…

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Keeping up with the tiny world: Protozoa in pitcher plants!

Keeping up with the tiny world: Protozoa in pitcher plants!

Oh stability and diversity, one day we’ll figure you out.  This recent study by Miller and terHost looked at bacteria, ciliates, protozoa and rotifers in our Lab’s study organism’s cousins: pitcher plants.  Top-down and bottom up forces seem to be switching roles shaping communities as succession takes place. Once agaian, the only constant trend is change!      

Melissa Master of Science!

Melissa Master of Science!

Last week our dear Melissa successfully defended her MSc thesis. Melissa’s work pioneered a series of studies at the landscape scale  in our lab investigating habitat fragmentation and land use change’s effects on community composition and ecosystem function. Her study on tropical forests documented differences in invertebrate diversity across habitat types, including both species gains and losses due to land conversion and habitat fragmentation, and showed that these two processes had divergent effects on litter decomposition. Her results emphasize the need…

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Celebrating Christmas à la Srivastava Lab

Celebrating Christmas à la Srivastava Lab

This year we were lucky enough to celebrate the Holidays all together, just before Robin and Andrew leave for the field. Thanks to Andrew and Angela for hosting a lovely -and delicious!-  evening, thanks to Antonia and Angélica for documenting the event, to our lab mates with great musical talents, and to all the partners and family that joined us that day. We missed Youhua (who couldn’t come that night), Pavel, Alathea, Melissa, Silvina, Martin/Mariana and of course crazy Jana….

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