Lab Activities

The Wright Lab meets weekly on Wednesdays at 3-4 pm to discuss research plans, findings, analysis and relevant papers. Our meetings are sometimes joint affairs with the PIREL (Leishman) group and Prof Mark Westoby. Our schedule is below.

June 2018

  • 27th. Seminar from Dr Amy Zanne (George Washington U). The distributed collaborative experiment on wood decomposition, and experiences when coordinating a collaborative experiment.
  • 25th. Informal seminar and discussion: Dr Amy Zanne, George Washington U. The fungal strategy project and fungal function (fun-fun) database.
  • 20th. Discussion: A new type of curriculum for undergraduate Ecology?

May 2018

  • 23rd. Discussion of Martyna’s latest results. Background reading: Morris et al (2018) Vessel diameter is related to amount and spatial arrangement of axial parenchyma in woody angiosperms. Plant, Cell & Environment 41:245-260.
  • 16th. Paper discussion. Gruntman M et al (2017) Decision-making in plants under competition. Nature Communications 8:2235.
  • 9th. Paper discussion: Laughlin DC (2018) Rugged fitness landscapes and Darwinian demons in trait‐based ecology. New Phytol 217:501-503.
  • 2nd. Paper discussion: S. Fortunato et al., “Science of Science”. Science 359, eaao0185 (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aao0185.

April 2018

  • 25th. No lab meeting — public holiday.
  • 18th. No lab meeting — student graduations.
  • 11th. Results-in-progress discussion. AusTraits: building new understanding of trait variation at continental level.
  • 4th. Paper discussion. Berg (2018). Transparent author credit. Science 359 (6379): 961

February – March 2018

  • March 26th. Results-in-progress discussion: Proteomic analysis of heatwave tolerance in Eucalyptus globulus.
  • February February 14th. Lab chat. Gustavo Paterno. Floral allometry database.
  • 7th. Paper discussion. Moles AT (2018). Being John Harper: Using evolutionary ideas to improve understanding of global patterns in plant traits. J. Ecology 106:1-18.

December 2017

  • 13th. Lab end-of-year party
  • 6th. Lab chat. Peng-Cheng He. “Linking plant functional traits to shifts in subtropical forest composition under climate change”.

November 2017

  • 29th. [Ecological Society of Australia conference]
  • 22nd. ESA practice talks
  • 15th. Lab chat. Alex Carthey & Anthony Manea: VOCs project.
  • 8th. Lab chat. A/Prof Yusuke Onoda (U Kyoto). Trait diversity of Metrosideros polymorpha on the island of Hawaii.
  • 1st. [No meeting]

October 2017

  • 25th. Lab chat. Rachael Gallagher: AusTraits
  • 18th. Paper discussion.
  • 11th. Paper discussion. Pollock et al 2017. Large conservation gains possible for global biodiversity facets. Nature.
  • 4th. Paper discussion: Anderson JGT 2017 “Why Ecology Needs Natural History”. American Scientist.

September 2017

  • 27th. [no meeting]
  • 20th. Paper discussion. Bennett et al (2017). Spending limited resources on de-extinction could lead to net biodiversity loss. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1:0053.
  • 13th. Lab chat (project design). Osazee Oyanoghafo: flammability of Sydney species.
  • 6th. Lab chat. Ian Wright: Global climatic drivers of leaf size.

August 2017

  • 30th. Paper discussion: Araújo MB, Ferri-Yáñez F, Bozinovic F, et al. (2013). Heat freezes niche evolution. Ecology Letters 16:1206-1219.
  • 23rd. No meeting.
  • 16th. No meeting (lab social event)
  • 9th. Paper discussion: Cadotte MW & Tucker CM 2017. Should Environmental Filtering be Abandoned? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 32:429-437.
  • 2nd. Paper discussion: Venter O et al 2017. Sixteen years of change in the global terrestrial human footprint and implications for biodiversity conservation. Nature Communications DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12558.

July 2017

  • 26th Paper discussion: König, C., Weigelt, P., & Kreft, H. (2017). Dissecting global turnover in vascular plants. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26(2), 228-242.
  • 19th Lab exercise: Pitching your research.
  • 12th Paper discussion: Godsoe, W., Jankowski, J., Holt, R. D., & Gravel, D. (2017). Integrating Biogeography with Contemporary Niche Theory. Trends in Ecology & Evolution.
  • 5th   Paper discussion: Dangremond, E.M. & Feller, I.C. (2016). Precocious reproduction increases at the leading edge of a mangrove range expansion. Ecology and Evolution, 5087-5092.

June 2017

  • 28th  No meeting
  • 21st  Practice talk: Ian Wright, New Phytologist Trait Symposium
  • 14th No meeting: Annual HDR conference
  • 7th Practice talk: Rene Heim, UAV conference

May 2017

  • 31st No meeting 
  • 24th Book chapter discussion: from Sakai & Larcher (1987) “Frost Survival of Plants Responses and Adaptation to Freezing Stress
  • 17th Practice talk: Rene Heim
  • 10th Paper discussion: Slingsby, J. A., Merow, C., Aiello-Lammens, M., Allsopp, N., Hall, S., Mollmann, H. K., … & Silander, J. A. (2017). Intensifying postfire weather and biological invasion drive species loss in a Mediterranean-type biodiversity hotspot. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201619014.
  • 3rd Discussion: reflections on the March for Science. Reading:  “An unprecedented march for science” – Tim Appenzeller and Science News Staff (April 27, 2017) Science (6336), 356-357.

April 2017

  • 26th Paper discussion: Broadhurst L, Breed M, Lowe A, et al. (2017). Genetic diversity and structure of the Australian flora. Diversity & Distributions 23: 41-52.
  • 19th Paper discussion: Faillace & Morin (2016) Evolution alters the consequences of invasions in experimental communities. Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • 12th Paper discussion: Salguero-Gómez, R., Jones, O. R., Jongejans, E., Blomberg, S. P., Hodgson, D. J., Mbeau-Ache, C., … & Buckley, Y. M. (2016) Fast–slow continuum and reproductive strategies structure plant life-history variation worldwide. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113: 230-235.
  • 5th Paper discussion: Salguero‐Gómez, R. (2016). Tansley Insight: Applications of the fast–slow continuum and reproductive strategy framework of plant life histories. New Phytologist.

March 2017

  • 29th Paper discussion: NESCENT working group, Martin, L. J., Adams, R. I., Bateman, A., Bik, H. M., Hawks, J., … & Kolokotronis, S. O. (2015). Evolution of the indoor biome. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 30: 223-232.
  • 22nd Paper discussion: Dorward LJ, Mittermeier JC, Sandbrook C, Spooner F (2017). Pokémon Go: Benefits, Costs, and Lessons for the Conservation Movement. Conservation Letters 10:160-165.
  • 15th Paper discussion: Poorter H, Fiorani F, Pieruschka R, et al. (2016). Pampered inside, pestered outside? Differences and similarities between plants growing in controlled conditions and in the field. New Phytologist 212:838-855.
  • 8th Paper discussion: Houlahan JE, McKinney ST, Anderson TM, McGill BJ (2017). The priority of prediction in ecological understanding. Oikos 126:1-7.
  • 1st Lab chat: Marielos Pena Claros: “A proposal under construction: past present and future of tropical managed forests” and Martyna Kotowska: “Consequences of tropical rainforest transformation on carbon pools and sequestration”.

February 2017

  • 22nd Lab: Prof. Lourens Poorter & Prof Mark Westoby project
  • 15th Journal Watch: bring along the highlights from your assigned journal for the last three months!
  • 8th Lab chat: Prof. Lourens Poorter “The potential of secondary forests”. Relevant comment in Science: Bongers, F., Chazdon, R., Poorter, L., & Peña-Claros, M. (2015). The potential of secondary forests. Science, 348(6235), 642-643.
  • 1st Blog discussion:

November 2016

  • 30th ESA Conference, Freemantle
  • 23rd Practice talks: practice talks for the ESA conference and Alan’s MRes presentation
  • 16th Practice talks: practice posters for the ESA conference
  • 9th Paper discussion: Pausas, J. G., Keeley, J. E., & Schwilk, D. W. (2016). Flammability as an ecological and evolutionary driver. Journal of Ecology.
  • 2nd Paper discussion:  Thomas, C. D. & Palmer, G. (2015) Non-native plants add to the British flora without negative consequences for native diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112.14: 4387-4392.

October 2016

  • 26th Paper discussion: Dryflor et al. (2016) Plant diversity patterns in neotropical dry forests and their conservation implications, Science
  • 19th Paper discussion: Gibson‐Roy, P., Moore, G., Delpratt, J., & Gardner, J. (2010). Expanding horizons for herbaceous ecosystem restoration: the Grassy Groundcover Restoration Project. Ecological Management & Restoration, 11(3), 176-186.
  • 12th Paper discussion: Silvertown, J. (2015). Have ecosystem services been oversold?. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 30(11), 641-648 (and reply letters)
  • 5th Paper discussion:  Alexander, J. M., Diez, J. M., Hart, S. P., & Levine, J. M. (2016). When Climate Reshuffles Competitors: A Call for Experimental Macroecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. Early View

September 2016

  • 28th No meeting: Westoby Science Celebration
  • 21st Lab presentation: Emma to give a practice talk for HDR conference
  • 14th Paper discussion:  Glen, E., Price, E. A., Caporn, S. J., Carroll, J. A., Jones, L. M., & Scott, R. (2016). Evaluation of topsoil inversion in UK habitat creation and restoration schemes. Restoration Ecology. Early View.
  • 7th Paper discussion:  Hooper, D.U. et al. (2012) “A global synthesis reveals biodiversity loss as a major driver of ecosystem change.” Nature 486.7401: 105-108.

August 2016

  • 31st Paper discussion:  Burley, H. M., Mokany, K., Ferrier, S., Laffan, S. W., Williams, K. J., & Harwood, T. D. (2016). Primary productivity is weakly related to floristic alpha and beta diversity across Australia. Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • 24th Lab social event: lab meeting will be held at the Uni Bar and we’ll chat informally and help each other plan out our work over the next few months
  • 17th Popular science discussion: Lichen Biology Overturned! The story of how the largest and most species-rich group of lichens are not alliances between two organisms but an alliance between three. and see the Science paper here: Spribille, Toby, et al. “Basidiomycete yeasts in the cortex of ascomycete macrolichens.” Science (2016): aaf8287.
  • 10th Your favourite piece of popular science: each lab member will review a recent piece of popular sciecne that inspired or intrigued them
  • 3rd Paper discussion: Williams, J. L., Kendall, B. E. & Levine, J. M. Rapid evolution accelerates plant population spread in fragmented experimental landscapes. Science 353, 482-485 (2016).

July 2016

  • 27th Genes-to-Geoscience Outlook conference
  • 20th Paper discussion: McGuire, Jenny L., Joshua J. Lawler, Brad H. McRae, Tristan A. Nuñez, and David M. Theobald. “Achieving climate connectivity in a fragmented landscape.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016): 201602817.
  • 13th Lab Chat: Vulnerability in the Australian flora
  • 6th Paper discussion: Rosell, J. A. (2016). Bark thickness across the angiosperms: more than just fire. New Phytologist, 211(1), 90-102.

June 2016

  • 29th Reading from The Conversation TBD and wider discussion about popular science
  • 22nd Paper discussion: Estrada, A., Morales-Castilla, I., Caplat, P., & Early, R. (2016). Usefulness of Species Traits in Predicting Range Shifts. TREE
  • 8th. No meeting: HDR practice talks earlier in the week for PIREL
  • Ist.  Journal watch: Identify the most interesting papers from top journals in the last three months

May 2016

  • 25th Paper discussion: Fox, C. W., Burns, C. S., Muncy, A. D., & Meyer, J. A. (2016). Author‐suggested reviewers: gender differences and influences on the peer review process at an ecology journal. Functional Ecology.
  • 18th Lab outing! A botanising trip to the Ecology Reserve (weather permitting)
  • 11th. Paper discussion: Lemoine et al. (2016) Quantifying Differences Between Native and Introduced Species TREE
  • 4th. Lab presentation: Guyo and Laura to give presentations about their research

April 2016

  • 27th Lab presentation: Ina and Samiya to give presentations about their research
  • 20th Journal watch: Identify the most interesting papers from top journals in the last three months
  • 13th. Paper discussion: A long and a short paper – O’Connor, B. et al. (2015). Earth observation as a tool for tracking progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, 1(1), 19-28 AND Pereira, H. M. et al. (2013). Essential biodiversity variables.Science, 339(6117), 277-278.
  • 6th. Lab presentation: Visiting researcher Yusuke Onoda, Kyoto University. “Forest structure in relation to light competition; a comparison among temperate, subtropical and tropical wet forests”

March 2016

  • 30th Show your favourite figure! Everyone to bring along a figure from something you’re working on. You have 3-5 minutes to convince others why your figure is exciting, or important, or puzzling.
  • 23rd No lab meeting: R course
  • 16th Paper discussion: Shipley, B. et al. (2016) Reinforcing loose foundation stones in trait-based plant ecology. Oecologia
  • 9th. Practice talk: Tim Maher will give a practice seminar for the MRes Conference
  • 2nd. Lab presentation: Visiting fellow Pablo Becerra

February 2016

  •  24th Paper discussion: Milla et al. (2015) Plant domestication through an ecological lens. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 30(8), 463-469
  • 17th Lab presentation: Visiting fellow Pablo Becerra
  • 10th. Practice talk: Rene attending a remote sensing conference in Brisbane
  • 3rd. Paper discussion: Kunstler et al. (2016) Plant functional traits have globally consistent effects on competition Nature

December 2015

  • 23rd.  Last meeting for 2015! A wrap-up of our achievements and milestones for the year past…lab meetings to resume January 27th.
  • 16th. (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). DECRA fellowship pitch for Rachael  + Christmas gathering with the Westoby Lab  (12pm)
  • 9th. (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Practice talk for Ian who is attending AGU in San Francisco
  • 2nd. No meeting: Ecological Society of Australia conference.

November 2015

  • 25th.  ESA practice talks and posters (James, Laura and Samiya to practice their presentations for ESA 2015 in Adelaide)
  • 18th. (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Paper discussion. Thomas, CD (2015) “Rapid acceleration of plant speciation during the Anthropocene”. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 30(8), 448-455.
  • 11th. (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Paper discussion. Klein et al., (2015) Water availability predicts forest canopy height at the global scale.” Ecology Letters
  • 4th. (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Paper discussion. Chuang, A., & Peterson, C. R. (2015). Expanding population edges: theories, traits, and trade‐offs. Global Change Biology. Early View.

October 2015

  • 28th.  Lab croquet (and welcome to Rene Heim and Ina Geedicke, starting their PhDs with Ian and Michelle, respectively, in October)!
  • 21st (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Paper discussion. Pacifici, M. et al (2015) Assessing species vulnerability to climate change. Nature Climate Change, 5, 215-224.[mz]
  • 14th.  Postponed croquet
  • 7th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212).  Paper discussion: Alexander, J M et al (2015) Novel competitors shape species’ response to climate change. Nature, 525, 515-518.[jl]

September 2015

  • 30th.(3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Journal watch. Identify the most interesting papers from top journals in the last three months [iw]
  • 23rd. No meeting
  • 16th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Show your favourite figure! Everyone to bring along a figure from something you’re working on. You have 5 minutes to convince others why your figure is exciting, or important, or puzzling.[eg]
  • 9th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Lab chat by Emma: Practise talk for HDR conference on 14-15 September [sg]
  • 2nd (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). James hands in his PhD! A celebration! [mz]

August 2015

  • 26th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Discussion. What was hot at American ESA? (Mel & Rachael to report back to us what we need to know and who we should be watching) [rg]
  • 26th (Time and venue to be announced). 6 month planning for Wright Lab members
  • 19th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Paper discussion. van der Heijden, M. G. A., Martin, F. M., Selosse, M.-A. & Sanders, I. R. (2015) Mycorrhizal ecology and evolution: the past, the present, and the future. New Phytologist, 205, 1406-1423. [ml]
  • 12th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Paper discussion. Bradley, B. A., Early, R. & Sorte, C. J. B. (2015) Space to invade? Comparative range infilling and potential range of invasive and native plants. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24, 348-359. [st]
  • 5th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Discussion. Social Media: As ecologists should we each have a social media presence? What blogs, twitter feeds etc are you reading and following? [lf]

July 2015

  • 29th. Paper discussion: Saintilan & Rogers (2015), Woody plant encroachment of grasslands: a comparison of terrestrial and wetland settings. New Phytologist 205: 1062–1070 [jl]
  • 22nd. Lab chat by Melanie Zeppel [iw]
  • 15th. Paper discussion: Laliberté et al 2015. Phosphorus limitation, soil-borne pathogens and the coexistence of plant species in hyperdiverse forests and shrublands. New Phytologist 206:507-521. [eg]
  • 8th. Paper discussion.: Sardans & Peñuelas 2015. Potassium: a neglected nutrient in global change. Glob Ecol Biogeogr 24:261-275. [sg]
  • 1st. Paper discussion.: Winemiller et al 2015. Functional traits, convergent evolution, and periodic tables of niches. Ecology Letters DOI 10.1111/ele.12462.[rg]

June 2015

  • 24th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Journal watch with the PIREL Lab: identify the most interesting papers from top journals in the last three months [iw]
  • 17th (3pm-4.15pm, Macquarie Centre). Lab bowling!
  • 10th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Paper discussion. Sperry and Lowe 2015: What plant hydraulics can tell us about responses to climate-change droughts. New Phytologist 207: 14-27 [mz]
  • 3rd (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Paper and news discussion. Sleeping beauties in science: discussion of a recent article in Nature regarding un-cited publications. Ke et al. 2015. Defining and identifying Sleeping Beauties in science. PNAS [rm]

May 2015

  • 27th No meeting. Ian presenting at Science at the Shine Dome 2015 (Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, May 26-28)
  • 20th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Paper discussion. Reich 2014: The world-wide “fast-slow” plant economics spectrum: a traits manifesto. Journal of Ecology 102, 275-301 [sg]
  • 13th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Practice talk from Ian, “Making sense of global variation in plant traits“. To be given at Science at the Shine Dome 2015 (Australian Academy of Sciences, Canberra, May 26-28) [eg]
  • 6th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Lab chat by Rachael, combined with the PIREL group. “Range size in the Australian flora” [rg]

April 2015

  • 29th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). “Show your favourite figure- session”. All lab members will show and explain a figure of their recent work. Tell me: What makes your figure so cool? [sg]
  • 22nd (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Lab chat by Raquel: “Assembly patterns in cerrado and seasonal forests – some fresh results” [rm]
  • 15th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Paper discussion. Lawrence & Vandecar 2015: Effects of tropical deforestation on climate and agriculture. Nature Climate Change 5, 27-36. [rm]
  • 8th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Watching “Inside the inferno”, a documentary about bushfires [ijw]
  • April 1st (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212). Lab chat by Yan-Shih: “What information can we get from Asat? the validation of using one-point method for Vcmax estimation”. [rg]

March 2015

  • 25th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212) Paper discussion. Reich et al. 2015. Geographic range predicts photosynthetic and growth response to warming in co-occuring tree species. Nature Climate Change 5,148–152. [sg]
  • 18th Joint meeting with PIREL group (
  • 11th (3pm-4.15pm, biology courtyard) Paper discussion. Krzywinski & Altman 2013. Point of significance: Importance of being uncertain. Nature Methods 10,809–810. [rm]
  • 4th (3pm-4pm, E8C212) Interactive activity. Watching “Minute Earth” you-tube videos. Why are leaves green? Followed by discussion.

February 2015

  • 26th (Thursday 9.30am) Joint meeting with PIREL lab
  • 18th (3pm-4.15pm, Uni pub, Macquarie) Paper discussion. Warren et al. 2014. Mistaking geography for biology: inferring processes from species distributions. TREE 29 (10) 572-580
  • 11th (3pm-4.15pm, E8C212) Paper discussion. Nuzzo (2014) Scientific method: Statistical errors. Nature 506. 150-152 [rg]
  • 4th (3pm-4.30pm, E8C212) Brainstorming: curriculum for 3rd year undergrad plant ecology course [rm]

January 2015

  • 28th (1pm-5pm, E8C212) 6 month planning meeting.
  • 21st (3pm-4pm, courtyard) First meeting of the year. Cake!

Summer holidays!

December 2014

  • 17th. 1 pm, down by the lake (weather permitting!). Xmas lunch with PIREL and CAFEM groups.
  • 10th. No meeting.
  • 3rd. Discussion: strategies for recruiting new students and postdocs to the Wright Lab.

November 2014

  • 26th (2.30pm-4pm, E8C212): Paper discussion. Reich et al. 2014. Temperature drives global patterns in forest biomass distribution in leaves, stems, and roots. PNAS. 111(38) [iw]
  • 25th (4pm, Biology tearoom). Sydney Ecophysiology seminars. Three speakers: Adam Carroll (ANU). “Large scale phylogeographic metabolomics links metabolites to climate adaptation in unstressed Acacia plants grown in a common environment“. Yan-Shih Lin (Macquarie U). “Optimal stomatal behaviour around the world“. Martin De Kauwe (Macquarie U). “Using Ecosystem CO2 Experiments to Improve Vegetation Models: Lessons learned“.
  • 19th (2.30pm-4pm): HDR conference practice talks by Raquel and Emma [rm]
  • 12th No meeting.
  • 5th No meeting. Marina hands in her PhD next week!!! All hands on deck for helping out.

October 2014

  • 29th (2.30pm-4pm, E8B215): Paper discussion. Reich et al. 2014. Biogeographic variation in evergreen conifer needle longevity and impacts on boreal forest carbon cycle projection. PNAS. 111(38) 13703-13708 [iw]
  • 22nd (2pm-3pm, E8C212): Talk by masters student Albertinah “Does the energy content of bark and leaves affect litter flammability and decomposition rates?”
  • 15th (2.30pm-4pm, E8C212): Saskia to present practise talk for ICFFR in Portugal [eg]
  • 8th (11.30am-12.30pm, E8B215): Paper discussion. Lamanna et al. 2014. Functional trait space and the latitudinal diversity gradient. PNAS. 111(38). 13745–13750 [sg]
  • 1st [No meeting (ESA conference in Alice Springs)]

September 2014

  • 24th (2.30pm-4pm, E8B215): Ian & Emma to present draft ESA talks [ms]
  • 17th Paper discussion. Schwinning & Sala. 2004. Hierarchy of responses to resource pulses in arid and semi-arid ecosystems. Oecologia. 141. 211-220 [bf&ro]
  • 10th (2.30pm-4pm, E8C212): Marina to discuss anti-herbivory defenses in mistletoes and hosts [rm]
  • 3rd (2.30pm-4pm, E8C212): Paper discussion. Goodall, D. 2014. A century of vegetation science. Journal of Vegetation Science. 25: 913-916 [iw]

August 2014

  • 27th (2.30pm-4pm, E8C212): Paper discussion. Emery & Ackerly (2014). Ecological release exposes genetically based niche variation. Ecology Letters doi: 10.1111/ele.12321. [eg]
  • 20th (2.30pm-4pm, E8C212): Paper discussion. Moncrieff et al. 2014. Contrasting architecture of key African and Australian savanna tree taxa drives intercontinental structural divergence. Global Ecology and Biogeography [rg]
  • 13th (2.30pm-4pm, E8C212): Emma presents initial results from Queensland field trip [sg]
  • 6th (11am-12pm, E8C212):  Paper discussion. Prior and Bowman 2014. Big eucalypts grow more slowly in a warm climate: evidence of an interaction between tree size and temperature. Global Change Biology 20:2793-2799 [ms]

July 2014

  • 30th: Genes-to-Geoscience Outlook (July 29-30)
  • 16th: Lab social event / farewell for Allyson.
  • 9th: Paper discussion. Homolova et al 2013. Review of optical-based remote sensing for plant trait mapping. Ecological Complexity 15:1-16.
  • 2nd (9am-1:00pm, E8C212): 6-monthly planning meeting [all]

June 2014

  • 25th (11 am): Rachael Gallagher – “Preliminary results on range size and niche breadth in Australian flora”.
  • 18th: [no meeting]
  • 11th: lab social event / farewell for Vincent
  • 4th: Marina Scalon presentation – A global analysis of water and nitrogen relationship between mistletoes and their hosts: broad-scale tests of old and enduring hypotheses [iw]

May 2014

  • 28th: In the honour of Phil Grime. Journal of Ecology, Podcast and article discussion (link) [vm]
  • 21st: Most influential ecology papers in British Ecological Society journals – Session 2 – Population Ecology [srg]
  • 14th: Most influential ecology papers in British Ecological Society journals – Session 1 – Population Ecology [rg]
  • 7th: Paper discussion Stein et al 2014 Environmental heterogeneity as a universal driver of species richness across taxa, biomes and spatial scales. Ecology Letters [ms]

April 2014

  • 30th: Lab social event [ae]
  • 23rd: Wuu Kuang Soh presentation. Using leaf cuticle thickness to predict palaeo-LMA and plant ecological strategies [wks]
  • 22nd: group meeting
  • 16th: no meeting
  • 9th: Paper discussion Mousseau et al 2014 Highly reduced mass loss rates and increased litter layer in radioactively contaminated areas. Oecologia [srg]
  • 8th: group meeting
  • 2nd: Discussion on strategic decisions on picking a scientific journal. [see the slides] [vm]

March 2014

  • 26th: Paper revision Higgins et al 2014Variation in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic vegetation along edaphic and compositional gradients’ in northwestern Amazonia’ Biogeosciences Discussion [rg]
  • 25th: group meeting
  • 19th: Paper discussion Poorter et al 2014 “Bark traits and life-history strategies of tropical dry- and moist forest trees.” Functional Ecology [ms]
  • 12th: Saskia Grootemaat presentation “Bark and leaf decomposition”
  • 10th: group meeting (James Lawson: ggbiplot and automatic plotting)
  • 5th: Lab social event (10-pin bowling!)

February 2014

  • 26th: Paper discussion Stephenson et al 2014 “Rate of tree carbon accumulation increases continuously with tree size” Nature [ae]
  • 24th: group meeting (Vincent Maire: Regression in series)
  • 19th: Lab discussion
  • 12th: Marina Scalon presentation: “Phylogeny, mimicry and environmental differences explain water and nitrogen relations in mistletoes” [iw]
  • 6th: group meeting (Emma Gray: Use of GIS)
  • 5th: Allyson Eller presentation: “Bark and stem respiration of Sydney species” [sag]
  • 4th (Tea Room, 4pm): Sydney Ecophys Seminar:
    • David Williams (U. Wyoming): “Lighten up: the importance of light respiration for thermal acclimation of photosynthesis”.
    • Danielle Way (U. Western Ontario): “Lipid biomarker records of ecohydrological response to global change”.
  • 29th Jan: Emma Gray presentation: “Emma Gray: Where does she come from? What is she? Where is she going?” [vm]

January 2014

  • Summer holidays

December 2013

  • 18th: Christmas party with PIREL-CAFEM labs. [all]
  • 11th (E8B215, 10:30-14:30): 6-monthly planning meeting [all]
  • 4th: Yusuke Onoda presentation: “Temperature gradient of tree traits; variation within-species, across-species and across-communities” [sag]

November 2013

  • 24-29th: No lab meeting (EcoTas13) [link]
  • 20th: No lab meeting – Post Grad conference (18-20th Oct)
  • 13th [E8B 215, 10-12am]: Practice of HDR-ESA talks [vm]
  • 6th:  Preparation of post-grad talks
  • 5th (Ecology Lab, 11:30am): Yusuke Onoda presentation on ‘Physiological mechanisms underlying the leaf economics spectrum’ [ae+eg]

October 2013

  • 30th: Vincent Maire presentation on “Soil impacts on the leaf photosynthesis strategies” + preparatory paper by Etienne Laliberté et al (2013) How does pedogenesis drive plant diversity? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 28, 331-340 [yo]
  • 25th (Friday, 2pm, E8C212, Allyson, Marina and Emma away):  Saskia Grootemaat presentation on “The ring of fire” [rg]
  • 16th: (Allyson and Saskia away) Paper discussion: Huntingford et al 2013 “Simulated resilience of tropical rainforest to CO2-induced climate change. Nature Geoscience 6:268-273 [srg+ms]
  • 9th:  Ian Wright presentation on “global leaf size patterns”. [vm]
  • 4th (Friday 2-3:30pm E8C212): Srikanta Kaidala-Ganesha presentation on ‘isoprenoid emission from eucalypts under drought’ + Jullada Laothawornkitkul et al (2009) Biogenic volatile organic compounds in the Earth system. New Phytologist [ba]

September 2013

  • 25th: Paper discussion: Laliberté et al 2012 “Experimental assessment of nutrient limitation along a 2-million-year dune chronosequence in the south-western Australia biodiversity hotspot ” Journal of Ecology 100: 631-642 [sag]
  • 18th: Group discussion: What can be a good mini-lab project? Violle et al 2007 Let the concept of trait be functional! Oikos 116:882-896. (as an example) [rg]
  • 11th: Paper discussion: “Moles et al 2013 Correlations between physical and chemical defences in plants: tradeoffs, syndromes, or just many different ways to skin a herbivorous cat?” New Phytologist (2013) 198: 252–263 [vm]
  • 4th: Paper discussion: Meelis et al 2011. “Dark diversity: Shedding light on absent species.” Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26:124-128. [ms]

August 2013

  • 28th: Ian Wright: “Trait-growth relationships in Northern Territory savanna species”. + Wright et al 2010 Functional traits and the growth–mortality trade-off in tropical trees. Ecology 91:3664-3674. [-]
  • 21st: Rachael Gallagher: “The biogeography of plant functional traits”. + Swenson et al 2012 The biogeography and filtering of woody plant functional diversity in North and South America. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 21: 798-808. [-]
  • 14th: Brian Atwell: “How wild rice can be used to re-design Oryza sativa.” + paper tbd. [iw]
  • 7th: Paper discussion: Sack & Scoffoni 2013. “Leaf venation: structure, function, development, evolution, ecology and applications in the past, present and future.” New Phytol 198:983-1000.[-]
  • 7th: Hans Lambers visiting. Lunchtime seminar: “Extremely high efficiency of phosphorus acquisition and phosphorus use in Australian plants:  can this knowledge be applied to cropping systems?”

July 2013

  • 31st (11am): Combined PIREL/Wright Lab meeting. Paper Discussion. Cordlandwehr et al 2013. Do plant traits retrieved from a database accurately predict on-site measurements? J Ecology. 101:1365-2745. [ae + srk]
  • 24th: Genes-to-Geoscience Outlook meeting (July 24-25) – No lab meeting
  • 17th: Two speakers (to Sydney Ecophysiology group): (1) Stephen Sitch (U. Exeter): “The role of land ecosystems in the control of atmospheric CO2 content”. (2)
    John Drake (U. Western Sydney): “Biogeography constrains acclimation to warming in two Australian Eucalypts: a climate shift experiment”. (Biology tearoom, 4pm).
  • 10th: Marina: presentation. Leaf nitrogen concentration in mistletoes: the N-parasitism hypothesis revisited. [vm]
  • 3rd (2 pm): Paper discussion: Manzoni et al, 2008. The Global Stoichiometry of Litter Nitrogen Mineralization. Science. 321:684-686. [yh]

June 2013

  •  TUESDAY 25th (12.30-5pm): 6-monthly planning meeting [all]
  • 19th: Paper Discussion: Franks et al 2013. Sensitivity of plants to changing atmospheric CO2 concentration: from the geological past to the next century. New Phytol. 197: 1077-1094. [dn]
  • 12th: Paper Discussion: Holt et al. 2013. An Update of Wallace’s Zoogeographic regions of the World. Science. 339: 74-78 [ms]
  • 5th: No lab meeting (Allyson and Ian in Darwin)

May 2013

  • 29th (E8B215, 3pm): Paper Discussion: Buckley & Warren. The role of mesophyll conductance in the economics of nitrogen and water use in photosynthesis. Photosynthesis Research. [srg]
  • 22th: Marina Scalon Do mistletoes care about defending their leaves? Insights from the tropical savannas of Brazil. [iw]
  • 15th: Paper discussion: Chen et al 2013. Water and nutrient relationships between a mistletoe and its mangrove host under saline conditions. FPB [ae]
  • 8th (11am): Combined PIREL/Wright Lab meeting. Heberling & Fridley 2012, Biogeographic constraints on the world-wide Leaf Economic Spectrum. Global Ecol. Biogeog. 1137-1146 [vm]
  • 3th: Vincent will talk us through Maire et al. 2012 Habitat filtering and niche differentiation jointly explain species relative abundance within grassland communities along fertility and disturbance gradients. New Phytologist [sg]

April 2013

  • 24th: no lab meeting, G2G seminar in the tearoom about bio-mimicry!
  • 17th: Leaf flammability, Saskia will show us her results [dn]
  • Wednesday 10th: paper discussion Lawes et al (2013), Costs and benefits of relative bark thickness in relation to fire damage: a savanna/forest contrast. J Ecol 101: 517-524. [iw]
  • Friday 5th: Discussion of flammability-theories. As preparation we read 2 opinion letters: Fernandes & Cruz, Plant flammability experiments offer limited insight into vegetation-fire dynamics interactions. New Phytologist (2012) 194: 606-609 and Pausas & Moreira, Flammability as a biological concept. New Phytologist (2012) 194: 610-613. [srg]

March 2013

  • 27th: no meeting
  • Friday 22: paper discussion Medlyn et al (2011), Reconciling the optimal and empirical approaches to modelling stomatal conductance. Glob Change Biol 17:2134-2144 [vm]
  • 13th: Allyson Eller: stem respiration project, first results  [sg]
  • 6th: Srikanta Ganesha: “The effect of light on plant isoprene emissions” [ae]
  • 1st (Friday mtg this week): Lab mini-project II. Hypotheses etc. [dn]

February 2013

  • 20th: Dong Ning: “Effect of site temperature and aridity on the co-optimisation of water and N use for photosynthesis – preliminary results”.  [iw]
  • 13th: Brian Atwell: “Ecophysiology and genetics in Oryza (rice), with a focus on flood tolerance “.
  • 6th: Vincent will introduce the “lab mini-project”.

January 2013

  • 30th: Paper discussion Vasseur et al. 2012, A common genetic basis to the origin of the leaf economics spectrum and metabolic scaling allometry. Ecol Lett 15: 1149-1157.
  • 23th: Vincent will talk us through Maire et al. 2012, The Coordination of Leaf Photosynthesis Links C and N Fluxes in C3 Plant Species. PloS ONE 7: e38345.
  • 16th: Paper discussion: Sage & Kubien 2007, The temperature response of C3 and C4 photosynthesis. Plant, Cell and Environment 30: 1086-1106.

December 2012

  • 19th: Allyson will give a talk, followed by drinks and nibbles to celebrate the end of the year! -Meeting room E8C-212
  • 12th: 6 month planning session, part 2. -Meeting room E8C-212
  • 5th: No meeting (ESA Melbourne, Dec 3-7)

November 2012

  • 28th: 6 month planning session, part 1. – ARIES meeting room
  • 21st: Paper discussion de Magalhaes RMQ & Schwilk DW 2012, Leaf traits and litter flammability: evidence for non-additive mixture effects in a temperate forest, Journal of Ecology, 100:1153-1163 (N.B. Peter van Bodegom Vrije Universiteit visiting Nov 17-24)
  • 14th: No meeting – Biology HDR (postgrad) conference, Nov 14-16.
  • 7th: talks at The Sydney Plant Ecophysiology Group:
    Chris Blackman, Macquarie Uni: ‘Hydraulic vulnerability of leaves across an aridity gradient’
    Amy Zanne, George Washington University: ‘The afterlife: effects of plant traits on wood decay’ (N.B. Ian away)

October 2012

  • 31st: Practice talks for HDR conference
  • 24th: Saskia – prelim results from flammability experiment
  • 17th: General lab catch-up: what does next month hold? what about last month?
  • 10th: combined meeting with PIREL (10 am)
  • 3rd: Saskia – prelim results from flammability experiment 1.

September 2012

  • 19th, 26th: no group meeting
  • 12th: Discussion about equipment
  • 5th: Catch up on recent work

August 2012

[Ian away Aug 1st – 21st]

July 2012

  • 25-26th: Genes to Geoscience Outlook meeting
  • 18th: Julia Cooke: practice seminar, “Siliceous plant ecology” (for upcoming UK trip).
  • 11th: Kasia Zieminska will present two talks: (1) “An introduction to wood anatomy”; (2) Practice talk for 3 minute thesis competition.
  • 4th (2.30pm): Yasmin Hageer: “Defining Shrubs for Using in Vegetation Models”.

June 2012

  • 27th: Julia & Ian: “Branch vs. canopy-scale allometries – relative influences on growth.”
  • 20th: Marina Scalon: “Nutrient-physiology relationships in mistletoes versus their hosts.”
  • 13th: Ian: “Influence of traits and biomass allometry on growth rates of N Australian savanna species”
  • 6th: Wang Han: “Modelling vegetation distribution in China with three key bioclimatic variables”.

May 2012

  • 16th: Marina: results from recent field trip (mistletoe ecophysiology)
  • 21st:  Ian back from leave this week
  • 23rd, 11am – 3pm: Planning meeting for ARC Traits-growth project (ARIES room E8B215)
  • 23rd, afternoon meeting: general lab catch-up
  • 30th, 2.30pm:  Saskia: methods for flammability experiments
  • 30th, 4.00 pm in Biology tearoom: Yan-Shih Lin (MQ) “How will Eucalyptus tree species respond to global climate change? –A comparison of temperature responses of photosynthesis”; Mark Tjolker (U Western Sydney): “Climate warming and shifting precipitation patterns accelerate change in a temperate savanna: The Texas WaRM experiment”.

April 2012

  • 4th: Julia will talk about preliminary results from her research on plant traits as predictors of plant growth
  • [Ian now on leave till mid-May]
  • 11th: No meeting
  • 18th: No meeting
  • 25th: Saskia: project outline/options

March 2012

  • 14th: no meeting
  • 21st: Saskia will talk about her research plans
  • 28th: Marina will talk about her her latest mistletoe data