Schwinning Lab

Plant Ecology

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    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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