We are interested in community responses to global change drivers.
We were initially funded by the the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Office in 2012 to study patterns of community change to resource manipulation experiments. Our first two working groups resulted in a conceptual paper detailing how to study community responses to global change drivers (Avolio et al. 2015) and the compilation of 101 datasets (La Pierre et al. in prep). We are currently looking for more datasets, collaborators, and analysis ideas.
- August 2016. Kim La Pierre presents results from first synthesis paper in an ESA organized oral session "Generalities and contingencies with multiple global change drivers: Diminishing effects or amplified consequences?" led by Sally Koerner, Kim La Pierre, and Meghan Avolio.
- June 2016. Kim La Pierre, Meghan Avolio, and Kevin Wilcox got funding from the new LTER Network Communications Office at NCEAS to work on linking community and ecosystem responses to resource manipulations.
- December 2015. Our first paper was published in Ecosphere!
- November 2015. We had a working group at Konza Prairie, KS to work on current projects and analyses. We made great progress towards two first synthesis papers!
- September 2015. At the LTER All Scientist Meeting Kimberly La Pierre, Sally Koerner, and Kevin Wilcox ran a working group that generated several more paper ideas that will be led by many new collaborators.
- August 2015. Kimberly La Pierre presented our synthesis results at ESA.
- July 2015. Our first paper was accepted at Ecosphere.
- July 2015. Meghan Avolio was awarded a SESYNC-LTER Synthesis Postdoctoral Fellowship to develop new ways of using Rank Abundance Curves (RACs) to study patterns of community change. Her proposed research is a direct outcome of the original working group. She is being co-mentored by Greg Houseman and Scott Collins.