Lab Activities

The Wright Lab meets weekly on Wednesdays at 3-4 pm in room E8C212 to discuss research plans, findings, analysis and relevant papers. Our meetings are joint affairs with the PIREL (Leishman) group and the Comparative Ecology Group (Prof Mark Westoby). Our schedule is below.

February 2018

  • 28th.
  • 21st
  • 14th.
  • 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