Showing posts from December, 2015

Fresh Insights into UW Biology: Volume 3 (Issue 1)

Introducing our cohort of first-year grad students! In each of the next few posts, we'll be featuring several of the students from the entering cohort of 2015. The department has such a wide range of research, it's impossible to fit it all into one post. Congrats on making it through your first quarter in the program!

Amber Hageman received her B.S. in Plant Biology from the University of Washington and is happy to be continuing her graduate studies here. Her research interests are focused around how plants respond to changing environmental conditions and the molecular mechanisms underlying these processes. During her first year, she is rotating in the labs of Jennifer Nemhauser, Liz Van Volkenburgh, and Soo-Hyung Kim (SEFS). She is looking forward to exploring the diverse array of plant biology topics which are encompassed by the department and to refining her research interests over the the next year.

Luke Weaver is a member of Greg Wilson's lab. I was born and raised in B…

Grad Publication: Leander Anderegg

Leander Anderegg (Hille Ris Lambers lab) just published a paper on shotgun ecology in Global Change Biology. You can learn more about Leander's research on his website, and follow him on Twitter - @leanderegg

In the American Southwest, drought is a way of life. My hometown in southwest Colorado receives an average of 12 inches of rain a year (Seattle averages almost 4 times that). And water (or lack thereof) is such a strong aspect of the landscape that you can feel it getting wetter as you drive up a mountain from the low elevation scrub woodlands to the subalpine forests. The sparse low elevation ‘trees’ look as tortured and windswept as the red rocks on which they grow, while the mossy and majestic high elevation forests hold some of the same tree species you can find on the Olympic Peninsula. In the La Plata Mountains in southwest Colorado, precipitation nearly quadruples from the foot of the mountain to treeline, and vegetation patterns precisely reflect this change. Because …