lab news
JANUARY 2013
  • The Moorcroft group hosted the 2nd Annual ED2 Code Workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Eight participants joined the code developers for this 2 1/2 day workshop to learn more about the ED2 model and run a series of exercises. Stay tuned to see if a third annual workshop is scheduled for next year!
December 2012
  • Early this month several lab members traveled to Palo Alto, CA for the annual meeting of the Andes Amazon group at the Moore Foundation. Following this annual meeting many in the group attended the 45th annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.
  • Dan Scott joined the lab as a temporary researcher on a new DoE project. Dan graduated from University of California at Berkeley in 2011 with degrees in Physics and Mathematics. Welcome, Dan!
NOVEMBER 2012
  • Graduate student Tom Powell and his collaborators were awared the 2012 Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award for their paper entitled "Climate control of terrestrial carbon exchange across biomes and continents." This award was issed by the World Meteorological Organization and the paper was originally published in the 2010, Volume 5 issue of Environmental Research Letters. Congrats, Tom!
October 2012
  • Beginning Fall 2013 Postdoc Naomi Levine will start her position as Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California (USC). Congratulations, Naomi!
  • The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B awarded Professor Moorcroft and his collaborators "outstanding publication in wildlife ecology and mangement" for his 2010 article, "The home range concept: are traditional estimators still relevant with modern telemetry technology?" Congratulations, Paul!
September 2012

 

  • Postdoc Abby Swann has left the Moorcroft lab to join the University of Washington as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Best of Luck, Abby! Read more about Abby's new position here.
  • We are happy to welcome Dr. Eunjee Lee as a new postdoc in the Moorcroft lab. Eunjee comes to us from MIT, where she was a post-doctural research associate in the Center for Global Change Science. You can read more about Eunjee and her fellowship here.
AUGUST 2012
  • Postdoc Alex Antonarakis and graduate student Tom Powell attended the Ecological Society of America Annual Confernce in Portland, OR.
July 2012

 

  • Graduate student Janice Chan and Paul Moorcroft traveled to Thailand for a site visit and field work.
April 2012
  • Graduate student Tom Powell was awarded a $1000 travel grant through the NSF RCN FORECAST program to visit Professor David Medvigy of the Geosciences Department at Princeton University during the summer session of 2012.  David will be teaching Tom about the Markov Chain Monte Carlo optimization routine he developed for the Ecosystem Demography model.
December 2011
  • Postdoc Abby Swann was featured in the Harvard Gazette for her research on the negative effects of replanting fields and grasslands with forests. The article can be viewed here. Congrats, Abby!
November 2011

 

  • Graduate Student Thomas Powell returned to Caxiuana for nealy a month, continuing work on the fieldwork component of his dissertation research.
September 2011
  • Two new graduate students have joined the Moorcroft lab. Alexandra Brown and Janice Chan are beginning their first year as Ph.D. candidates in the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Welcome Alex and Janice!
July 2011
  • Professor Moorcroft is on sabbatical for the academic year of 2011-2012.
  • Graduate student Tom Powell was awarded a NSF-DDIG to conduct the field component of his dissertation research.  Tom has four field campaigns to the Amazon forest to measure hydraulic traits related to drought tolerance for selected canopy trees.
May 2011
  • In May, the group spent several days at the Moore Foundation Grant Spring 2011 Andes-Amazon meeting in Belem, Brazil and Field Site visit in Caxiuana, Brazil. Graduate Student Thomas Powell stayed in Caxiuana for an additional three weeks, working on the fieldwork component of his dissertation research.
  • Shirley Xiaobi Dong graduated with her Ph.D and will be working in Washington, D.C. as a Business Consultant for Applied Predictive Technologies. Congratulations, Shirley!
November 2010
  • Using Lidar and Radar measurements to constrain predictions of forest ecosystem structure and function, authored by Alex Antonarakis is now In Press with Ecological Applications. You can read the paper here.
September 2010
  • Fall semester has begun and campus is buzzing! Shirley Dong returned from her summer internship in Geneva, and the lab welcomes new postdoctoral fellow Abby Swann. You can find out more about Abby and her research here.
August 2010
  • A paper authored by lab member Alex Antonarakis and co-authored by Paul Moorcroft were accepted by the journal Ecological Applications. Stay tuned to our publications section for more information.
  • Paul Moorcroft attended the 95th Annual Ecological Society of America conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The focus of this year's conference was Global Warming: The legacy of our past, the challenge for our future.
  • Moorcroft's Minions lost it's second play-off game, finishing with three wins for the summer 2010 season.
July 2010
  • Shirley Dong is in Geneva until September for an internship with UNEP. She will work on a project evaluating the impact of pesticides on aquatic ecosystems.
  • Two papers co-authored by Paul Moorcroft and former lab member James Forester are now available in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society's special issue "Challenges and opportunities of using GPS-based location data in animal ecology." You my find the entire issue here, or check the publications section to access the individual papers.
  • Paul Moorcroft taught a course at the Amazon-PIRE field course in Brazil. Graduate student Marcos Longo also attended. You can watch a slideshow of their adventures here.
June 2010
  • Paul Moorcroft attended the Harvard Water Security Initiative meeting in Melbourne Australia. The project is a collaboration with the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia. You can read more about the project here on Monash University's website.
  • Shirley Dong and Paul Moorcroft have successfully installed two meteorological stations in Thailand.
  • Post-doc James Forester said goodbye to the lab and began his new faculty position at the University of Minnesota. Congratulations James! We'll miss you.
  • Paul Moorcroft discusses ED and in an article entitled "The Forest and the Trees: Will new models of land cover reveal the fate of tropical forests?" featured in the June 11 issue of UCAR Magazine.
  • The Moorcrof Lab volleyball team, Moorcroft's Minions, played their first game of the season in the Rhino League - and won!
April 2010
  • Paul Moorcroft and several lab members attended the 6th Annual Harvard Plant Biology Symposium: Trees and the Global Environment on April 29th and 30th. You can watch much of the symposium here.
  • Paul Moorcroft presented at the Continuous-Time and Continuous-Space Processes in Ecology workshop at the Center for Research and Statistical Methodology at the University of Warwick. You can find his talk here.
  • A paper authored by Former Post-doc David Medvigy, and co-authored by Paul Moorcroft, appeared online this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read the paper and supporting information here:Responses of terrestrial ecosystems and carbon budgets to current and future environmental variability.
  • Former lab research assisstant, Adrienne Keller, received the"Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation Award" at the 2010 University of Montana Research Conference. Go Adrienne!
January 2010
  • Former Lab member, Takeshi Ise, will be Associate Professor in the Department of Holistic Simulation at the University of Hyogo. Currrently Takeshi is a researcher in Environmental Biogeochemical Cycle Researhc Program at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology. His new position will begin in April, 2011.
September 2009

 

August 2009
  • James Forester discussed his research at the 2009 Ecological Society of America conference in a presentation titled "Mechanistic home range models for ungulates".
June 2009
  • Shirley Dong recieved her MA on her way to the PhD.
May 2009
  • Paul Moorcroft was in Sapporo for four weeks thanks to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowship.