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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 Jess Rucks 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: https://tigger.uic.edu/htbin/codewrap-auth/bin/orgs/ura/cgi-bin/browse_dept.php?prof=mmeler.

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.

CURRENT OPENINGS: We will be looking for 1-3 undergraduate volunteers for the Fall 2013 semester. Contact Jess Rucks if you are interested, and please review our Research page before sending your inquiries.

Lab News

Fall 2013

  • Beth Drewniak and Jessica Rucks join the lab this fall as new graduate students in Ecology and Evolution.
  • Lab meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 9am this semester.
  • Summer 2013

  • Elena Blanc-Betes, Mike Ricketts, and Charlie Flower head to Alaska to continue research at the Toolik Field Station.
  • We are hosting a few visiting researchers for the summer: Gabriel Pereyra from the Max Planck Institute and Lais Batista from University of São Paulo.
  • Jess Rucks has signed up to run the Chicago Marathon! Check out her training progress here: TEAM TO END AIDS -- JESS RUCKS