Co-author Enrique Moreno sets out aerial pollen traps on a canopy crane in Panama.
Derek’s paper – Variability within the 10-Year Pollen Rain of a Seasonal Neotropical Forest and Its Implications for Paleoenvironmental and Phenological Research – based on his MS research - is now out in virtual print in PLoS ONE (Jan 8, 2013). Co-authored with STRI collaborator, J. Enrique Moreno, this works captures the year-to-year variation in the pollen output of one site in Barro Colorado Island (BCI). This analysis uses 10 years of the two decades of aerial pollen samples Enrique has collect from two Panamanian forests: BCI and Parque National San Lorenzo.
The paper was featured in the STRI Newsletter.
Congratulations, Derek and Enrique!
Last year was a very productive one for the lab – with four papers in print and two in press by late December. We had seventeen accepted abstracts, posters, and talks at national and international meetings, which meant that we were traveling the world for most of the year – from Boulder to Woods Hole to Portland to Charlotte to Vienna to Tokyo to Dublin. These abstracts included talks by collaborators: David Tcheng, Washington Mio, and Carlos Jaramillo; as well as talks by the core lab: Luke, Derek (his first!), and Surangi. The lab organized two sessions: Advancing High-Resolution, High-Throughput Research in Paleoecology at IOPC/IPC in Tokyo and The Future of Quantitative Paleontology: Biometry, Computer Vision & Machine Learning at GSA in Charlotte. Many of the other talks were invited – so we are glad to see that there’s growing interest in what we do!
Surangi was invited to participate in the Palaeo50 workshop at Oxford University; she co-chaired the “Approaches” section. She also gave two invited departmental seminars, one close to home at Illinois State University and one at Utrecht University, Netherlands. She and David were also invited speakers at a Department of Homeland Security meeting on pollen forensics – a first for the lab!
Three new PhD students started in 2012. Two were not so new – Derek completed his MS in PEEC in December 2011 and Cassie had been an undergraduate researcher in the lab since August 2009. The newest graduate student, Aleja, completed her MS with Mark Bush at FIT and spent a year working with Carlos Jaramillo at the Center for Tropical Paleoecology and Archaeology at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Two lab members moved on in 2012. Stefan completed his MS in Plant Biology in May and Luke started a tenure-track position as Lecturer at Plymouth University, UK in October.
Finally, 2012 also saw the start of our second NSF grant – this one from Macrosystems Biology, on the Automated Analysis of the Reproductive Response of Two Panamanian Forests to ENSO Climate Variation – A Machine Learning Pilot Study. With this project, we hope to expand our previous work on the automated identification of black and white spruce to a significantly larger and more complex data set.
Thanks to everyone for all their hard work and effort last year. Here’s to another great year!
Welcome to the new website for our lab group!
It’s been several years since we updated our original website. We have been busy with many new projects, and sadly, found our old website just a little too cumbersome to keep up to date. We have now migrated to the shiny new space provided by publish.illinois.edu and adopted WordPress. We hope that this will help us keep you (friends, collaborators, prospective students and the curious public) better informed on what is going on behind the doors of Morrill 139!
Not everything is quite yet finished, but our hope is that over the course of the next year, this website will become the go-to space to hear the latest on our research.