The Wright Lab in Darwin!

Our savanna study site, 35 km east of Darwin

Our savanna study site, 35 km east of Darwin

Allyson Eller (post-doc) escaped the dreary June weather in Sydney by leading a field campaign in Darwin (far northern Australia) to quantify the respiration rates of wood and bark in 17 woody savanna species.  She was joined by a revolving cast of lab-mates and collaborators including Ian Wright, Vincent Maire, Lucas Cernusak and Mick Brand — who were eager to show off their field and lab skills while enjoying the beautiful scenery and warm weather.

Mick, Allyson and Ian in the field

Mick, Allyson and Ian in the field

The three-week trip included measurements of leaf respiration and of wood and bark respiration from both trunks and branches.  The samples are now being prepped for determination of nitrogen content so that we can quantify respiration – N relationships in different tissues and between different species.

Measuring sapwood respiration in a custom-made cuvette

Measuring sapwood respiration in a custom-made cuvette

When in Darwin we work out of the Hutley Lab at Charles Darwin University (thanks everyone!). Luckily we finished our work before the site was taken out by a fire!

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