Graduate Students

Laurel Brigham

Laurel Brigham

Graduate Student
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology • Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research • CU Boulder
Education: BS, University of California, San Diego, 2016. Research Interests: Plant community ecology, plant-microbial interactions, climate change
Cliff Bueno de Mesquita

Cliff Bueno de Mesquita

Graduate Student
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology • Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research • CU Boulder
Education: BA, Middlebury College, 2014 Research Interests: Plant community ecology, soil microbial ecology, biogeography, biogeochemistry, climate change, N deposition, conservation biology Research Description: I am conducting my doctoral research on plant-microbe interactions in alpine tundra and subnival environments. Specifically, I am studying how microbes may facilitate plant colonization of unvegetated soils as climate warms and snow melts earlier.
Joan Dudney next to precipice

Joan Dudney

Graduate Student
Environmental Science Policy & Management • UC Berkeley
Education Occidental College, Biology, 2006. Research Interests I work on applied and theoretical questions to extend our understanding of invasive species and global change impacts across terrestrial ecosystems. Anthropogenic disturbance and global change are often associated with invasive species spread, and their subsequent establishment can cause cascading abiotic and biotic effects in host communities. Given the high potential for negative impacts within host ecosystems, examining how these invasion dualities shape...
Julie Larson

Julie Larson

Graduate Student
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology • CU Boulder
Education : MS Oregon State University (2013), BS University of Michigan (2011) Research Interests: Functional ecology, community ecology, invasion/restoration ecology, seed and seedling ecology, comparative ecology Research Description: I'm a functional community ecologist interested in enhancing restoration and conservation with a trait-based perspective on community dynamics. Much of my work has focused on using seed and seedling traits to explore the diversity of functional strategies during the earliest stages of...
Isabel in Rocky Mountain National Park

Isabel Schroeter

Graduate Student
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology • CU Boulder
Education : B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 2015. Research Interests : plant community ecology, riparian restoration, climate change, restoration ecology, citizen science
Ashley releasing pika

Ashley Whipple

Graduate Student
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology • Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research • CU Boulder
Education: BS, Colorado State University, 2011. Research interests: Population ecology, landscape ecology, conservation biology, climate change, citizen science
Caitlin White, Suding Lab

Caitlin White

Graduate Student
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology • CU Boulder
Education MS, MPA, Indiana University, Bloomington BA, University of California, San Diego Research Interests plant community ecology, restoration ecology

Postdoctoral Scholars

Nancy

Nancy Shackelford

I am interested in the intersection of theoretical ecology and applied management. My PhD focused on implementing ecological resilience, a confused and confusing concept, effectively into landscape and population management. Since then, my focus has shifted to restoration, and how science can inform restoration of self-sustaining ecosystems. I am particularly interested in exploring how ecological thresholds and functional ecology can be used to maximize biodiversity outcomes in restoration projects. Other...
Jane Smith

Jane G. Smith

Postdoc
Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research • CU Boulder
Education PhD, New Mexico State University, 2014 BA/BS, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2005 Research Interests Ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, soil organic carbon and carbon cycling

Visiting Scholar

jana

Jana Müllerová

Visiting Scholar
Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research
Jana has joined the Suding Lab from August 2017 - May 2018 from the Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic. Research Interests: My main interests are plant-environment interactions and spatio-temporal changes in vegetation, landscape changes (land use and management), and human influence on vegetation. I focus on invasive species, historical ecology and mountain ecosystems, working with unmanned, aerial and satellite imagery, historical maps and other sources using...