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Our research interests focus on the interactions between the environment and ecosystems (natural, restored and agroecosystems). We study these interactions at many levels of organization including cellular, organismal, ecosystem and global scales. Our research projects investigate how climate change affects plant and ecosystem functioning and how the observed effects feedback on the Earth's biogeochemical processes. Specifically, we concentrate on how cellular, plant and ecosystem respiration processes affect the global carbon cycle in an array of different experimental set ups using stable isotopes. Our projects taken together investigate many disciplines including plant physiology and biochemistry, ecosystem ecology, restoration ecology, biogeochemistry, water quality, and paleoecology/climate reconstruction. We use stable isotopes to integrate all these disciplines and all levels of organization.

Working in the Lab

Opportunities for Undergraduate Students: We are always looking for a few undergraduate lab volunteers each semester. Contact Jenny Dalton if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, and please submit a resume/CV with your inquiry. Volunteers are expected to work an average of 7-10 hours per week. If you are interested in enrolling in BioS 391 or BioS 399, you should contact Dr. Gonzalez-Meler. For more information, click here.

Opportunities for Graduate Students: Contact Dr. Gonzalez-Meler if you are interested in joining the lab as a Masters or PhD student.

Opportunities for Post-Docs and Technicians: Contact Dr. Gonzalez-Meler.

Lab News

  • Graduate student Frank Anderson was awarded the¬†Bodmer Science Travel Award. He will travel to Brazil this summer to conduct research on climate change and tropical ecosystems.
  • Graduate student Kellen Marshall recently had an article appear in the Chicago Defender. Click here to see the article.
  • Graduate student Jenny Dalton will travel to Alaska (Toolik Field Station) this summer to conduct foraging/shrub manipulation experiments using Arctic ground squirrels.
  • Undergraduate student Roumiana David won the Louis Pasteur Award for her work on allometric relationships of arctic shrubs (399 Project with Charles Flower).¬†
  • Undergraduate Judy Hamad won the Elmer Hadley Award for her work on allometric relationships of arctic shrubs (399 Project with Charles Flower).