Schwinning Lab

Plant Ecology

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How you can join the lab

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Much of our lab work is conducted by undergraduate students.

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Graduate students support each other in conducting field experiments.

Our lab welcomes undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students work as research technicians and learn to perform field research, lab analysis and data management. Undergraduate students are fully integrated lab members and gain an insider's perspective on ecological research. Along with the graduate students, they are mentored in matters of career planning and development. Exceptional students are encouraged to conduct independent research projects towards an undergraduate thesis. Being a undergraduate research assistant is a valuable experience for any student entering a research-oriented profession or continuing their education in a graduate program.

Graduate students wishing to pursue research in Plant Ecology are encouraged to discuss their research interests and career goals with Susan Schwinning before applying. Preference will be given to students with a strong academic record, course work in plant ecology and physiology and with interests that fit the research focus of the lab. Master's and Ph.D. students are partially supported through teaching scholarships in the Department of Biology. Research scholarships, if available, are announced on this website.




Lab News

Recent student presentations

Beth Crouchet and Nathan Custer presented on their research at the 2015 International Research Conference for Graduate Students at Texas State University, November 17 - 18, 2015:

Site factors influencing tree mortality during drought in Texas. Beth Crouchet, Susan Schwinning, Jennifer Jensen, Benjamin Schwartz.

Determining seed transfer zones for Mojave Desert shrubs. Nathan A. Custer, Susan Schwinning, Lesley A. DeFalco, and Todd C. Esque.

Highlighted publications

Scott Havill's paper on "Fire effects on invasive and native warm-season grass species in a North American grassland at a time of extreme drought" was highlighted in the October 2015 issue of Applied Vegetation Science (link).

Other lab news

The following students received awards and recognitions in the academic year 2015/16:

Beth Crouchet and Nate Custer received the Biology Department's "Certificate of Excellence"

Beth Crouchet was inducted into the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Beth Crouchet received the the Graduate College Scholarship - Science & Engineering and the Lamar and Marilynn Johanson Graduate Endowment Award.

Wesley Collins received a Freeman Center Scholarship.

The lab was awarded two federal grants in 2015:

NSF proposal : DEB-1557176: "Collaborative Research: Hydrological tipping points and desertification of semi-arid woodlands".

The DOD Legacy Award HQ0034-16-2-0006: "Characterizing Mojave Desert shrub ecotypes to establish seed transfer zones for military range restoration".

Podcast interview

In September 2013, Susan was interviewed by Alan Knapp on a paper published in Functional Ecology. Listen to the podcast here.

Contact information
Susan Schwinning
601 University Drive
312 Supple Science Bldg
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
Phone: (512) 245-3753
Fax: (512) 245-8713

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