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Fernando Bechara

Visiting Scholar

Email: bechara@berkeley.edu

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Nature Conservation and Restoration Ecology

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I’m a Forestry Engineer  investigating the following technologies for ecological restoration of Brazilian tropical forests: passive restoration, plantation and nucleation. We are monitoring costs, vegetation, fauna and soil in an ecosystem approach to discover the…[read more]

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Nathan Bickart

Undergraduate Researcher

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This project builds off of a novel effort to screen native plant species based on functional traits so as to improve the effectiveness of riparian restoration projects. Specifically, the project described here aims to enhance…[read more]

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Alan Cai

Undergraduate Researcher

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Climate change will cause warmer temperatures and have uncertain effects on precipitation in Northern California during the 21st century. Exotic annual forbs and grasses that inhabit grasslands in Northern California may be impacted by these…[read more]

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Dylan Chapple

Graduate Student

Email: dylanchapple@berkeley.edu

Office: 147 Hilgard Hall

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Office Hours: For Restoration Ecology (ESPM 187) Spring 2014: Wednesdays 9-10 or by appointment

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Restoration Ecology, Plant Community Ecology, Wetland Ecology, Science Education

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I am broadly interested in the science and practice of restoration ecology.  My main field research project focuses on plant community dynamics in reference and restored wetland sites in the South Bay Salt Pond…[read more]

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Sara Jo Dickens

Postdoctoral Scholar

Email: sara.jo.dickens@berkeley.edu

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I am broadly interested in plant-soil feedbacks, specifically in reference to exotic plant invasion and wildland restoration. Additionally, I am interested in working with land managers in identifying current and future land management needs in restoration ecology. My work asks questions that address not only ecological theories that can guide management planning, but also applied questions that assess effectiveness of current management methods.

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My background is in plant, soil, invasion and restoration ecology, biogeochemical cycling in reference to ecosystem functions, and fire ecology. Currently, I am assessing whether land management practices, land use history and environmental conditions interact…[read more]

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Joan Dudney

Graduate Student

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Emily Farrer

Postdoctoral Scholar

Email: ecfarrer@berkeley.edu

Website(s): Research website   

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Global change biology, plant-soil microbe interactions, alpine tundra, plant invasion

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My research is broadly aimed at understanding the interactions that structure plant communities in space and time. These range from competition, facilitation, interactions with soil microbes, and climatic and environmental pressures. My research also focuses…[read more]

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Lawrence Fernandez

Undergraduate Researcher

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Strawberry Creek Restoration Program is a joint campus project with the purpose of promoting native biodiversity, habitat value, ecosystem function and community use in the designated Natural Areas on UC Berkeley Campus. As invasive species…[read more]

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Shiyang Fu

Undergraduate Researcher

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Global change involves simultaneous changes in many environmental factors, and these factors may have non-additive effects on ecosystems. For example, the effect of warming and nitrogen deposition together on ecosystem processes may not be predicted…[read more]

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Yvette Gault

Undergraduate Researcher

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My interests in exploring the intersections between the environment and society have been fostered by recent research projects involving ecosystem responses to both climate change and anthropogenic activities that consequently alter ecosystems. As an undergraduate…[read more]

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Lauren M. Hallett

Graduate Student

Email: lauren.hallett@berkeley.edu

Office: 142 Hilgard Hall

Lab Phone: (512) 642-1334

Website(s): Suding Lab   

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plant community ecology, restoration ecology

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I am an ecologist interested in how temporal variability shapes plant communities. I care about this in relation to species conservation, and am studying whether precipitation variability drives transient invasion patterns in serpentine prairies….[read more]

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Joanna Hsu

Graduate Student

Email: jhsu118@gmail.com

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Community diversity, plant population dynamics, alpine tundra

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Loralee Larios

Graduate Student

Email: llarios@berkeley.edu

Office: 147 Hilgard Hall

Phone: 512-642-1334

Website(s): Suding Lab   

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I am interested in understanding the interactions between native and exotic species and how these dynamics may affect ecosystem functioning and inform successful restoration practices. My dissertation research in California grasslands has explored several processes…[read more]

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Pierre Mariotte

Postdoctoral Fellowship (Swiss National Science Foundation)

Email: pierre.mariotte@berkeley.edu

Office: 147 Mulford Hall

Website(s): Research website   

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I am a community ecologist broadly interested in above and belowground linkages and ecosystem functioning. My research aimed at understanding the role of plant-soil interactions and feedbacks on ecosystem functioning in grasslands, specifically in reference to species invasion, climate and land-use changes.

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Liana Nichols

Lab Manager

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Trang Pham

Undergraduate Researcher

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Growing up in Vietnam, a developing country, where the status of the environment issue is still a big concern, especially the middle region of my country has influenced my interests in environmental science. The soil…[read more]

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Erica N. Spotswood

Postdoctoral Researcher

Email: espots@berkeley.edu

Office: 147 Hilgard Hall

Lab Phone: 510-642-1334

Website(s): Research Website   

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I am currently a postdoctoral scholar in Katharine Suding’s lab at the University of California, Berkeley. I am an ecologist interested in how species interactions structure plant communities. Much of my research has focused on…[read more]

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Claudia Stein

Postdoctoral Scholar

Email: cstein@berkeley.edu

Office: 147 Hilgard Hall

Website(s): Suding lab   

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I am a plant ecologist broadly interested in the patterns, causes, and consequences of diversity with an emphasis on grassland ecosystems. My main research interests are directed towards understanding the influence of species interactions, especially…[read more]

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Katharine Suding

Associate Professor

Email: suding@berkeley.edu

Office: 347 Hilgard

Lab Phone: (510) 642-1334

Fax: (510) 643-5438

Website(s): Suding Lab   

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Office Hours: By Appointment. Please sign up on the lab calender. For login information, contact me or Liana Nichols (liana at berkeley.edu)

Research Interests

Plant Community Ecology; Restoration, Invasion biology, Environmental change, Conservation

Research Description

I am a plant community ecologist working at the interface of ecosystem, landscape and population biology. My goal is to apply cutting-edge “usable” science to the challenges of restoration, species invasion, and environmental change. My research group…[read more]