In terms of 2020 updates:
– A new graduate student, JJ, has been recruited to join our NSF project. More on JJ once he begins his studies in fall 2020…
– 4 new papers have been published:
The first in Ecosphere, led by Todd, illustrates a framework that integrates several types of data (including isotopic!) to address the major challenge of assessing the population-level impact of wildlife mortality from anthropogenic sources. We’re looking forward to broad application of this approach in future studies.
The second in Journal of Ecology, led by Adam Pellegrini, shows the previously undocumented result that fire can cause the loss of carbon from deep soil layers in savannas, probably because of reduced root biomass.
The third in Environmental Research Communications, led by former AL Ph.D. student Robert Sabo, shows that terrestrial N availability (inferred from tree-ring N isotope records) has been declining and has likely contributed to the decline in stream nitrate concentrations throughout the central Appalachians in recent decades.
The fourth (but certainly not least) in Animal Migration, represents the results of former student Caitlin Campbell’s thesis. This publication, which will appear soon, illustrates methodological advances Caitlin made for interpreting isotope-based probability-of-origin maps for inferring animal migration. Nice job, Caitlin!