News from the Fraterrigo Lab

July 21, 2021. Congratulations to Sam Stickley on his excellent exit seminar and successful disseration defense! Stay tuned for papers about modeling salamander distributions using ultra-high resolution microclimate data and physiological models. Cool stuff.

December 18, 2020. A huge congratulations to Matt C. on successfully defending his disseration!! Matt gave an excellent seminar about his work on understory herb responses to resource variation. We look forward to sharing the results soon!

October 21, 2020. A lot has happened since I last updated this page! We said goodbye to Mara and Luis, who graduated and have moved on to new jobs.  We have several new papers out or in the pipeline. Check out our publications page to learn more about the work of past and present students. We also have several new projects underway thanks to new grants from the DOE, NREC, and SARE.

September 30, 2020. Marissa Chase has been selected to receive a $14,799 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) for the project, "Improving Apple and Peach Pollination by Advancing Knowledge of how Forest Management Affects Wild Bee Functional Diversity." Congratulations Marissa!

August 19, 2019. Welcome to new lab member Marissa Chase!

August 13, 2018. Stay tuned for a new publication about drought-fire interactions in forests led by Tyler...

August 3, 2018. Jen and colleagues' recent paper about insect infestations and forest carbon cycling published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences was highlighted in the EOS Research Spotlight and EOS News. Read more.

July 16-26 2018. Tyler and Jen traveled to northern Alaska to collect data and and deploy sensors for Jen's project examining Arctic shrub expansion and its effects on plant trait variation and belowground carbon cycling. We had great a time in the field until we reached the North Slope of the Brooks Range, at which point we found the mosquitoes or they found us!

June 2018. I've officially entered the Twitterverse @TheFratLab ...

April 27, 2018. Congratulations to Tyler Refsland on successfully defending his dissertation!

April 23, 2018. April has been an exciting and busy month for the Fraterrigo lab. Sam and Jen presented papers at the US-IALE conference in Chicago, Ron gave a presentation at the Illinois Native Plant Society Indigenous Plant Symposium in Carbondale, IL, and Jen traveled to Columbia, Missouri to give a seminar and meet with School and Natural Resources faculty and Forest Service scientists.

February 13, 2018.Graduate student Matt Candeias gave a presentation titled, "Changing the Conversation about Plants" as part of the Orpheum Science For All seminar series.

Matt Candeias at the Orpheum

December 2017. Check out the newest publication from the lab based on Tyler Refsland's dissertation research! Click here.

December 14, 2017. Graduate student Tyler Refsland presented the results of his dissertation research at AGU in New Orleans.

Tyler and Jen, AGU 2017

April 28, 2017. Congratulations to Taskeen Khan (left) and Nadia Ennab (right) on completing undergraduate research projects in the lab and to graduate student Tyler Refsland (center), who mentored them! Great work!

Nadia, Taskeen, and Tyler at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 27, 2017

April 18, 2017.Check out the newest publication from the lab based on Matt Craig's thesis research. Way to go Matt! Click here.

March 30, 2017.Weile Chen has joined the lab as a post-doc on the Arctic shrubs project. Welcome Weile!

February 24, 2017. Please join us at the Urbana Free Library on Thursday, March 2 at 7 pm to hear graduate student Matt Candeias's talk entitled, "The World of Avian Pollinators." Matt will share some of his favorite pictures and his considerable knowledge of bird-pollinated plants. You can learn more about the event here.

October 15, 2016. Check out Jen's invited commentary about persistence traits and their role in species recovery following land abandoment published in Applied Vegetation Science (DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12276).

October 11, 2016. A study by graduate student Matt Candeias entitled "Rareness starts early for disturbance-dependent grassland plant species" has recently been published in Biodiversity Conservation (DOI 10.1007/s10531-016-1202-y). Congratulations Matt!

September 15, 2016. Welcome to new lab members Luis and Mara!