Welcome to the Zanne Lab

Our research group focuses on interactions among plants, microbes and insects, and how they affect carbon cycling 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 feedback to the earth system.

We ask these biogeochemical and macroevolutionary questions at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY and in the Department of Biology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.


07. July 2024

Amy has officially started her new position as a Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Congrats!

06. July 2024

Amy has received an NSFDEB-NERC grant to investigate spatial and temporal tradeoffs in CO2 and CH4 emissions in tropical wetlands. The project involves collaborators from Brazil, US and UK, and we look forward to seeing their cool discoveries from Chapada dos Veadeiros, Brazil!

05. July 2024

Amy has received an AccelNet-Implementation Phase 1 grant to support MICROBENet-Net, a Multi-Institute Collaborative Research on BElowground plant-microbial interactions Network of Networks. MICROBENet-Net is recruiting researchers around the globe interested in networking on plant-microbe interactions. Learn more here, and fill out our interest survey here to get involved!

03. July 2024

Publication Alert! Baptiste just published some great work from his PhD, titled 'Spatial variability in the contribution of termites to the decay of plant detritus'. Check it out in Austral Ecology!

26. June 2024

Publication Alert! Abbey co-led a recent paper published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution on modelling internal stem damage in live trees and using LiDAR to measure tree biomass. A big team was involved in this study, including other Zanne Lab members, so be sure to check it out here!

17. June 2024

Publication Alert! Yuri was a collaborator on a new paper out in PNAS titled 'A global map of species at risk of extinction due to natural hazards'. Have a read here!

12. June 2024

Congrats to Bruna for receiving a fellowship award for a three-month internship at Wageningen University & Research working with the Forest Ecology and Forest Management (FEM) group!

15. May 2024

The spring semester is over! Zanne lab members are heading all over the globe to start on summer projects and fieldwork. Stay tuned for photos of our adventures.

10. May 2024

Yuri got funding for fieldwork from Lewis & Clark, the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, and the William H. Evoy Graduate Research Support Fund!

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