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04.17.17
Liz defends her master's thesis
04.03.17-04.04.17
Alyson and Luke present the results of their CURO projects at the CURO Symposium


03.29.17
Kyungjin defends her dissertation
03.24.17
Luke is offered a summer research position to work with Jill Anderson at RMBL
03.10.17
Alyson is awarded an Ambassador Scholarship and a UGA honors international scholarship to attend the Innsbruck Summer School in Austria
12.26.16
Kyungjin's C availability paper is published
Her paper published in Frontiers in Microbiology  shows that C availability influences the temperature response of microbial respiration rate, which is associated with different responses of C uptake affinity.
12.06.16
Alyson and Luke have their CURO projects funded
11.28.16
Chao defends his
statistics MS thesis.  Now he's MS2
11.11.16-11.12.16
Chao and Ford attend a SCALER meeting at the Konza LTER
10.26.16
Luke Gamblin joins the lab
05.13.16
Doug and Katelyn graduate
05.09.16
Former postdoc Christoph Lehmeier has Biogeosciences manuscript accepted
This paper uses an elegant experimental setup to  quantify how mass specific respiration rate,  carbon use efficiency (CUE) and C stable isotope fractionation vary with temperature for a ubiquitous soil microbe.
04.28.16
Liz is awarded a summer internship in Quito from CI
Liz will spend most of the summer in Ecuador helping to synthesize research on mangrove ecosystem services in an effort to identify critical konwledge gaps for effective conservation.
04.18.16
Elise advances to candidacy
04.12.16
Chao's L&O Methods manuscript is accepted
This paper shows how different methods for computing stream metabolism give rise to different estimates of GPP, ER, and of the underlying parameters of the functions for GPP and ER.
03.31.16
Liz recieves a Fullbright award to go to Costa Rica
She will use the award to continue her studies of perceptions of  Blue Carbon Community projects in different geographical regions with different land use histories.
01.16.16
Alyson Wright joins the lab

12.14.15--12.18.15
Chao and Ford Present at AGU
12.11.15
The lab goes ice skating

11.06.15-11.07.15
Chao and Ford  travel to KONZA for a SCALER synthesis meeting
08.31.15
Luquillo LTER proposal funded
Ford and a future postdoc (please contact me if you're interested) will work with the Stream Team and climate modelers to develop models of trophic interactions and biogeochemical fluxes to predict the consequences of drought in tropical riparian ecosystems.
08.09.15-06.14.2015
Elise, Chao and Ford present at ESA in Baltimore

07.07.15-07.25.15
Liz travels to Costa Rica to study perceptions of mangrove conservation

06.05.15
Liz receives funding from the MK Pentecost Ecology Fund
She will use the award to fund work on the coast this summer aiming to quantify C accretion and green house gas loss in salt marshes.
06.01.15-06.02.2015
Elise attends the Elements, Genomes and Ecosystems Conference in the UK
She presented a poster describing how Daphnia  predation on Chlamydomonas  anatomy, physiology and nutrient cycling.
05.18.15-05.22.15
Chao and Ford attend the annual SFS meeting
Chao gave a talk about computational considerations for whole stream metabolism, and Ford gave a talk about the net influence of salmon on periphyton during spawning.  No trip to Milwaukee is complete without a trip to Kopp's.
 
05.01.15
Doug is accepted to the Coweeta RUE program
04.23.15
Ford gives a talk at the Rubenstein School of the Environment at UVM
04.10.15
Elise wins Odum School Outstanding TA Award
04.02.15
Elise passes her comprehensive exam
03.26.15
Middle schoolers from Houston County, GA visit the lab
Science fair participants visit labs in the Odum School and in other departments on campus.
03.23.15
Liz is awarded a Tinker Foundation Travel Award
She will use the award to conduct a pilot study on Blue Carbon Community projects in Costa Rica this summer.
01.26.15
Katelyn Esters joins the lab
10.08.14-10.09.14
Ford attends annual AERC meeting in Washington, DC
09.18.14
Coweeta SCALER is completed


08.25.14-08.29.14
Former postdoc Jarad (Daryl) Mellard visits the lab
08.01.14
Liz completes field work on Jekyll Island
07.20.14-07.31.14
Chao and Ford travel to Alaska for SCALER fieldwork



05.19.14-05.21.14
Chao and Ford attend JASM in Portland, OR
Chao gave a talk titled "Linking stream ecosystem rates across scales."
05.16.14
Kyungjin's pH-enzyme activity paper is accepted
Her paper, "Differential effects of pH on temperature sensitivity of organic carbon and nitrogen decay," extends previous work in the lab by quantifying the influence of pH on specific enzyme activities and C and N flow from SOM substrates.  It will appear in Soil Biology and Biochemistry.
04.28.2014-05.02.14
Ford attends EGU in Vienna
He co-convened a session focusing on SOM decomposition and presented two posters.
04.23.2014
Chao and Liz are awarded Odum School small grants
Chao will use his grant to study the effects of temperature and moisture availability on specific enzyme activities and respiration rates in soils.  LIz will use her grant to study greenhouse gas flux in salt marshes along the Georgia Coast this summer.
04.05.2014-04.06.2014
Chao and Elise present at Southeast Biogeochemistry Symposium at Georgia Tech
Chao's poster titled "Temperature sensitivity of recalcitrant SOM decomposition" described how  warming  influences temperature sensitivity of soil respiration.  Elise's poster titled "Initial conditions affect ecosystem CO2 flux in an experimental system," demonstrated how temperature and resource availabilty influence CO2 flux in aquatic multitrophic microcosms.
04.04.2014
Doug Hart receives the Thelma Richardson and Frank Golley Undergraduate Support Award
He will use the funds associated with the award to help fund his participation in the Tropical Ecology Program in Costa Rica in May
03.25.14
Kyungjin advances to candidacy
01.22.2014
Isaac Han joins the lab as a technician
01.01.2014
NSF Grant awarded to study microbial DOC transformations
Mary Ann Moran (PI), Patricia Medieros, Jon Amster, Barney Whitman and Ford (co-PIs) receive funding  to study how particular genes are expressed by marine bacterioplankton to transform and metabolize complex DOC substrates.
12.24.2013
'Twas the night before Christmas, and Jarad Mellard's eco-evo paper was accepted
Former postdoc Jarad Mellard's paper showing how trait evolution in the context of a consumer-resource interaction does not lead to maximum ecosystem resilience was accepted by Theroretical Ecology.
12.10.2013
Ford gives a talk at AGU
The talk, "Linking microbial exo-enzyme production to biomass stoichiometry, resource availability and soil respiration," showed how C and N allocation to different exoenzymes set limits for homeostatic C:N regulation in different SOM landscapes.
11.06.2013-11.10.2013
Ford and Chao travel to the Konza Praire LTER to attend a SCALER meeting





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