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Used to announce new lab members

Osvaldo Sala talks Drylands 101 on In The Green Room

Check out Osvaldo’s appearance on In The Green Room! In The Green Room is a local radio show dedicated to discussing and encouraging sustainable practices. You can listen to Osvaldo’s segment here (Ep. 52) starting at 14:45, where he talks all about drylands, what they are, where you can find them, and how we can spread the word about sustainability…

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What influences seedling establishment of encroaching species?

Luis Weber, a second year Environmental Life Sciences PhD student in the Sala lab, is in his second field season at the Jornada LTER. Luis’ research is a part of the USDA-AFRI project focusing on exotic grass and woody plant encroachment. Specifically, Luis focuses on the seedling establishment phase by asking “How do precipitation and herbivory interact to influence the probability…

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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 Sala Lab field sites, including the Jornada LTER in the…

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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.