Blog Special Issue: Early Career Researchers (Part 2)

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Lucia Fuchslueger’s video podcast: Drought history affects plant and microbial C turnover after a subsequent drought event

Lucia Fuchslueger received her PhD from the University of Vienna (supervised by Andreas Richter and Michael Bahn). Lucia is currently a postdoc at Antwerpen University investigating how soil microbes mediate processes involved in organic matter degradation and so control soil nutrient availability, and how they respond to changes in microclimatic conditions.

Gesche Blume-Werry’s video podcast: Short-term snow cover reduction effects do not scale up to long-term legacies

Gesche Blume-Werry obtained her PhD from Umeå University with the project “The hidden life of plants – fine root dynamics in northern ecosystems”, supervised by Ann Milbau (Research Institute for Nature and Forest INBO, Belgium). She is now a postdoc at the University of GreifsWald. Gesche is an ecosystem ecologist with a passion for high-latitude ecosystems. With a special emphasis on root dynamics, she wants to discover more about the hidden part of the plants below the surface and if root responses to climate change differ from shoots.

Pierre Mariotte’s video podcast: Stoichiometric N:P flexibility and mycorrhizal symbiosis favour plant resistance against drought

Pierre Mariotte obtained his PhD from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) supervised by Alexandre Buttler in the Laboratory of Ecological Systems (ECOS). He is now a scientific collaborator at Agroscope (Switzerland). His research is field-oriented and focuses on the role of aboveground and belowground interactions in mediating climate change impacts and promoting agricultural sustainability in managed grasslands.

Caitlin Fong’s video podcast: Coral reefs survival: Interactions between multiple local stressors of algal turf communities?

Caitlin Fong is a community ecologist. Her main research interest focuses on anthropogenic stressors of near shore marine communities, and the resistance and resilience of these communities to stressors. She predominantly uses field-based approaches to assess these impacts and primarily works on algal communities in coral reefs. Caitlin is currently an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology hosted by California State University Northridge where she is a advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in ecology.  

Albert Pessarrodona’s video podcast: Can marine ecosystem functioning be maintained under climate change?

Albert Pessarrodona is a marine ecologist with an interest in kelps and habitat-forming seaweeds. His recent work focuses on exploring novel approaches to increase the resilience of underwater forests to climate change as well as improving our understanding of the mechanisms hindering their recovery once they have collapsed. Albert is currently a doctoral student at the University of Western Australia.

Evelyn Krab’s video podcast: Winter is coming but is getting warmer!

Eveline Krab’s main interests are to understand how environmental changes such as climate change and shifts in vegetation composition may induce changes in ecosystem processes. Most of her research up to date has focused on soil fauna and their activities in arctic ecosystems under future climate scenarios. Eveline is currently an associate senior lecturer at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala in the Department of Soil and Environment.

Joshua Daskin’s video podcast: Ecological legacies of civil war on savanna tree cover

Joshua Daskin obtained his PhD from Princeton University’s department of ecology and evolutionary biology. His dissertation research focused on the incidence and ecological aftermath of war-driven mammal declines in African ecosystems. He then worked as a postdoc at Yale, where he continued research on armed conflict and conservation. Joshua is now working at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Katherine Giljohann’s video podcast: Interactive effects of rainfall, fire and herbivory on plant resprouting

Katherine Giljohann is a population and community ecologist and her research is mainly focused on understanding the impact of large-scale recurrent disturbances. As a postdoctoral researcher at Melbourne University, Kate studies the processes influencing species response to disturbances, but is incorporating spatially explicit predictions for multiple co-occurring species to inform fire management in southern australian forests.

Have a look at Blog Special Issue: Early Career Researchers – Part 1 – Part 3

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