Welcome to the Zanne Lab

Our research group focuses on interactions among plants, microbes and insects, and how they affect carbon cycling and global change under current and future projected climates. To explore these questions, we also study ecological, evolutionary, and biogeographic determinants of species distributions by measuring physiological, morphological, and anatomical functional traits. We explore ecosystem-level consequences of differences in species and trait distributions, for instance, traits of plants, microbes and insects that most affect rates and forms of C release with feedbacks to the earth system.

We ask these biogeochemical and macroevolutionary questions at the Department of Biology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.


22. September 2022

A huge congratulations to Amy for coordinating and publishing a global wood decomposition study recently published in Science. There's lots of buzz about this paper, so check out other summaries and interviews in this popular science article and this podcast. Not to mention, the study is featured on the cover of Science!

22. August 2022

This semester the Zanne Lab welcomes two new members to the team - Baptiste Wijas (postdoc) and Yuri Silva de Souza (PhD student). We're excited to have such wonderful additions to our growing team here in Miami!

6. May 2022

Becca successfully defended her Doctoral Thesis, titled 'Australian Termite Diversity', and is now Dr. Clement! Thank you for all of your termite enthusiasm over the past 5 years, we can't wait to see where science takes you next.

5. May 2022

Marc successfully defended his Masters Thesis, titled 'Carbon in the Capitol'! The lab is so proud of Marc for all he has worked on in the past few years. Way to go!

8. April 2022

Check out this new paper from the Zanne Lab in PLOS Sustainability and Transformation on the hidden value of trees!

4. April 2022

A huge congratulations to Leona for being selected as a NSF GRFP recipient! Leona will be continuing on in her scientific career at Stanford University where she is starting her Ph.D. next fall. We are so proud of you, Leona!

5. March 2022

Amy gave a talk about Global Biodiversity in a Changing Climate as a keynote speaker at the CLEO Annual Climate Symposium. The talk was wonderful and inspiring, and stay posted for a link to the recording.

24. February 2022

Amy and Abbey presented at the Fairchild Botanic Garden Environmental Careers Day and spoke with students about careers in science!

2. February 2022

Congratulations to Abbey for passing her qualifying exam!

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