Warm welcome to our visiting scholar!

Dr. Pratap Naikwade will be visiting the Sala Lab for six months, from August 2016 until February 2017.  Dr. Pratap Naikwade is working as Head and assistant Professor, Department of Botany, ASP College Devrukh (Affiliated to Mumbai University) Maharashtra, India. His research focuses on Preparation of Organic manures from different weeds […] Read more »

Visiting scientists at the Sala Lab

Over the past four months, the Sala Lab has welcomed three visiting scientists from around the globe. Learn more about their research below and also on our ‘People’ page! In November, we welcomed Dr. Fujiang Huo, a grassland scientist and professor from Lanzhou Unviersity in China. Fujiang’s research focuses on rangeland ecology […] Read more »

Welcome new Sala Lab members

Welcome Aaron Boydston and Courtney Currier to the Sala Lab. Aaron, a new Master’s student, and Courtney, the new research technician, both joined our lab this fall. Aaron’s research will focus on how proper grazing management can increase carbon storage in semi-arid grassland soils. During the month of October, Courtney was introduced to the […] Read more »


Congratulations to Laureano Gherardi on earning his PhD! Lau’s dissertation, titled “The Effects of Interannual Precipitation Variability on the Functioning of Grasslands,” was accepted with his defense in November. Lau will now be continuing his work for the Sala Lab as a post-doctoral researcher. Read more »


We welcome Laura Yahdjian to the Sala Lab. Laura is a visiting professor from the University of Buenos Aires who works in grassland ecosystems. She has carried out important work on water controls on decomposition and nitrogen cycling in arid ecosystems. She is currently interested on the effects of land […] Read more »


We welcome Josh Haussler to the Sala Lab. Josh recently has been accepted as a graduate student at ASU in the Environmental Life Sciences program. He has been part of the lab for several years and for several campaigns in the Chihuahuan Desert. We are looking forward to sharing with […] Read more »

Welcome Kelsey Duffy

We welcome Kelsey Duffy who has just joined our lab as a research technician. She started with three weeks of field work at the Jornada LTER in the Chihuahuan desert. Read more »

Welcome José Andón

Welcome José Andón to the Sala Lab. He joined our lab last month and  will be working on the project Woody-plant encroachment: Degradation or a shift in the portfolio of ecosystem services?. This is a project supported by National Academies Keck Future Initiatives. Read more »