Suding lab in the media

Our very own Erica Spotswood and Liana Nicols are currently featured on the cover of California Agriculture Magazine. Follow the link to check it out:

The dynamic duo is also currently featured in the Sacramento Airport. These photos show them, quadrats in hand, monitoring plant responses to weed threshold treatments installed at the UC Sierra Foothills Research and extension center. If you’re stoping through Sacramento for the Ecological Society of America conference this August, keep an eye out!

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NROC Land Management Web Tool Launches!

Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, CA

Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, CA

After three years of collaborative efforts between the Suding laboratory and land management practitioners of The Nature Reserve of Orange County (NROC), a new web-based land management tool is now available to the stakeholders of NROC. One of the first of its kind, this tool gives land managers streamlined access to environmental geospatial data, a historic NROC restoration data base and supportive literature to aid them in planning future restoration actions. With constant involvement of all stakeholders throughout development, we created a dynamic tool relevant to land manager needs that has the ability to evolve as these needs change. The release of the tool has fueled interest in expanding access to this technology both regionally and globally. We are excited to see how the tool will be used in its current format, whether it alleviates restoration limitations faced by land managers and how it will evolve to meet the needs of potential future tool users.

Thank you to all who have supported this work from funding (UDSA) to intellectual participation.

–Post by Dr. Sara Jo Dickens

Congratulations to Yvette Gault

Congratulations to Suding Lab undergraduate member Yvette Gault for receiving a UC Berkeley Education Abroad Program Scholarship this year. Yvette is currently working for the California Environmental Protection Agency in the Department of Pesticide Regulation.

Spring Field Season in Full Swing


The Suding Lab field season is in full swing, with lab members pursuing a range of projects in California’s grasslands and Colorado’s alpine habitats. Recently, the lab and a handfull of colleagues spent a week at the Sierra Foothills Research Extension Center near Marysville, CA to collect data on invasion thresholds, competition in annual species and native grass restoration. Stay tuned for more specific updates from our researchers!


We’re excited to report some great news from the Suding Lab this week!

First, big congratulations to Suding Lab member Loralee Larios who was selected for the National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology!

Loralee will be using the fellowship to study small mammal granivory and herbivory in relation to grassland plant community assembly. In particular, she will test whether the traits that increase a plant’s susceptibility¬†to granivory and herbivory also influence the outcome of resource competition between plants, and how these interactions shape community composition across resource gradients.


Further congratulations are due to Suding lab member Lauren Hallett, who was selected as one of this year’s recipients of the National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant!
Lauren was also selected for the Decagon Devices GA Harris Research Instrumentation Fellowship.
This support will be used for Lauren’s investigation of compensatory dynamics in California grassland plant communities.


Last but not least, Suding lab member Dylan Chapple was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Dylan will be studying the impacts of landscape and local factors on seed dispersal and plant community structure in tidal marsh communities in the San Francisco Bay.