Julea splits her time between the Gornish lab and the Roche lab at UC Davis. Julea’s research interests lie in understanding how changes in biodiversity influence ecosystem function, especially in light of increasing pressures on ecosystems from human activity. In the past she has worked on projects examining how factors such as nitrogen deposition, precipitation, and surface rock cover interact to affect annual plant growth in the Sonoran Desert. In addition, she is interested in applying her knowledge to more effectively implement management decisions.
Iris is interested in identifying and understanding aspects of, and interactions between, various edaphic and environmental factors that may influence the recovery outcomes of restoration efforts, such as why certain resultant plant communities may be favored over others. She is also interested in considering predicted climatic changes and anthropogenic pressures in order to help design feasible and realistic restoration targets. She hopes her research will contribute towards recreating ecosystems that are functional and sustainable, although perhaps different than their previous state.
Maowei is co-advised in the Gornish lab and the LEES lab at Michigan State University, as well as Inner Mongolia University of China. He is exploring how changing of ecosystem functioning and services at the multiple timescales are strongly associated with responses of both individual plants at physiological level or community composition and structure at morphological level to land use change and climate change, in the arid and semi-arid grassland (Steppe) on the Mongolian Plateau.
Amy is a Fullbright student from Pakistan. She is interested in understanding and identifying vegetation management strategies to conserve and restore desertifying rangelands. Her general interests are: Restoration Ecology of arid lands, Conservation, and revegetation of desert lands. Her current research is focused on developing an understanding on the invasive effects of Eragrostis lehmanniana on establishment and survival of a native Southern Arizona plants -Agave palmeri.
Hannah's reararch interests are on understanding vegetation community pathways and soil recovery following restoration projects, land management activities, and disturbances such as fire. She hopes her research can be used to establish better management practices.
Marci Caballero-Reynolds is a Senior undergraduate in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. With her previous bachelor’s degree in printmaking and her interest in restoration ecology she is marrying the arts and sciences into a science communication union. She has 4 years of leading Americorps crews into the backcountry building trails while also leading sustainable forestry teams. The wilderness is her playground and source of inspiration.