Some of the latest news from the Dukes Lab.


February: AAAS annual meeting, Feb. 14-18, Hynes Convention Center, Boston -- Researchers from the Boston-Area Climate Experiment will be staffing an exhibit about climate change and the BACE in NSF's exhibit space.


November: "Warmer climates don't necessarily mean more fertile soils, study says" (Delta Farm Press,, others)

September: Jeff comments on sea otters, kelp, and carbon for National Geographic News.

April: Jamie Herold and her research on native roadside vegetation are featured on WLFI-TV, in this news story.


December: The BACE is mentioned in a New Scientist story about discrepancies in the temperature sensitivity of plant phenological events as measured in experiments vs. observations.

November: Grad student Jamie Herold is featured in a story about our work on plant communities of Indiana roadsides in the Huntington County Tab.

October: The BACE is featured in a Boston University story about phenological work done by students in Richard Primack's lab. See story and video.

June: Climate Central story about research on the responses of yellow starthistle to global changes (Ecological Applications paper). Purdue release is here.

April: Natural History Magazine story and Purdue press release on research from the Boston-Area Climate Experiment showing how climatic changes can alter the chemistry of decomposing red maple leaves. (Also covered in Earth Times and other places).

March: New book, Weed Biology and Climate Change, by Lewis Ziska and Jeffrey Dukes, is published by Wiley.


April 15: New research coordination network "INTERFACE" begins, with funding from NSF. INTERFACE brings together three groups within the global change research community to improve the design of field experiments, mechanistic understanding of feedbacks, and realism of Earth system model projections. The full title of the project is "An Integrated Network for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research on Feedbacks to the Atmosphere and ClimatE (INTERFACE): Linking experimentalists, ecosystem modelers, and Earth system modelers."

May 1: Start of USDA-funded project examining ecosystem services provided by prairie remnants and restored prairie in the Midwest. Title is "Biocontrol and carbon sequestration in agroecosystems: the role of land use in maximizing ecosystem services to agriculture and society." This is a collaboration with Helen Rowe (PI), Joe Fargione, Ben Gramig, and Jeff Holland.

Feb 4: Comment in Boston Globe article on the different responses of native and invasive plants to changing climate around Walden Pond.

Jan 1: Start of project to identify microclimate-specific mixes of native prairie species that maximize ecosystem services along Indiana roadsides (with funding from IN-DOT; collaboration with Zach Lowe).