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Integrating functional, phylogenetic and genetic components of diversity for an improved understanding of forest structure, dynamics, and change

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Very excited to report that our NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity grant to continue ForestGEO/CTFS analytical workshops with NSF – China has officially been awarded.  This is in collaboration with PI Stuart Davies (STRI) and coPIs Liza Comita (Yale), Nathan Swenson (Maryland), and Helene Muller-Landau (STRI). Looking forward to seeing everyone in China in the summer […]

The effect of an extreme El Nino event on tropical forest seedling regeneration

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

The Jones lab is happy to report that we’ve been awarded an NSF RAPID grant to study the effects of the extreme 2016 El Nino event on tropical forest regeneration across a strong rainfall gradient in Panama.  The project is in collaboration with Drs. Liza Comita (Yale University), Bettina Engelbrecht (University of Bayreuth), Joe Wright […]


Friday, December 11th, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Integrative Tropical Biology at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. The program will run from June 6 – August 13 2016 with an application deadline on February 15 next year. During the 10-week REU summer program, interns will […]

Ecology Letters Paper

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

New paper on the relationship between above and below ground plant and microbial community structure is available online in Ecology Letters. Well done all.

Lab research highlighted in STRI magazine

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Read about the El Nino event and the implications it has for tropical forests in Panama, including our current drought experiment. Download TROPICOS here.

Dimensions of Biodiversity grant awarded

Friday, September 11th, 2015

The Jones lab and collaborators have been awarded a Dimensions of Biodiversity grant “Dynamical interactions between plant and oomycete biodiversity in a temperate forest.” by NSF. The work will be done in collaboration with PI Brett Tyler (OSU CGRB), and coPIs Nik Grunwald (USDA ), David Oline (Southern Oregon University), Margaret Metz (Lewis & Clark), […]

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Kristen and Jessica introduced some kindergarden girls scouts to the fun of botany last weekend.              

Summer 2015: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Integrative Tropical Biology

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The Jones lab has an opportunity available to any elegible REU student from the US.  For more information, see the website at STRI here. Join 9 other students for an intensive summer program in Integrative Tropical Biology at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. The 10-week program is driven by the common need to […]

USRA Engage opportunities for undergraduate researchers at OSU

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

The Jones lab has an opportunity to do research in our lab as part of the USRA Engage program. Here is a short description of our proposed research, this would be an ideal project for a student interested in bioinformatics and genomics. Tropical forests harbor the majority of the Earth’s terrestrial diversity. Global climate change […]

Article in STRI news for October 10

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Sean Matson has a nice write up of our drought project that can be found in the weekly STRI news, also some nice pictures.  Thanks Sean! pdf can be found here.

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