Here's an archive of older news stories and events.


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

September: Discussing sea otters, kelp, and carbon for National Geographic News.

January: "Santa Barbara County Based Research Team Issues Warning About Invasive Plants" (Collaborator Bethany Bradley speaks with KCLU radio.)


December: "Plant studies miss the full effect of climate change" (New Scientist article)

June: "Weeds From Hell in a Greenhouse World" (Climate central story about research on the responses of yellow starthistle to global changes. Related Ecological Applications paper here). Purdue release is here.

April: "Drought-exposed leaves adversely affect soil nutrients, study shows" (Story on research from the Boston-Area Climate Experiment showing how climatic changes can alter the chemistry of decomposing red maple leaves; Covered in Earth Times and other places.)

New book: Weed Biology and Climate Change by Lewis Ziska and Jeffrey Dukes.


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).


August: Most of my lab moved from UMass Boston to Purdue University, where I am in the Departments of Forestry and Natural Resources and Biological Sciences, and where I participate in the Purdue Climate Change Research Center. If you are interested in joining my lab, please contact me by email.


November 19: Professor is plotting the path of global warming Daily News Tribune story about the BACE.

August 22: Guest on "Sunrise" on WUML-FM. Discussed the response of weeds to increasing atmospheric CO2 and climate change, the Boston-Area Climate Experiment, and other related topics. Link to podcast.

July 10: The BACE was featured on the 5 o'clock news on WCVB-TV Boston (Channel 5; ABC). You can read or view the story here.

June 21: Climate of the future? Boston Globe story about the BACE.

April 26: The Boston-Area Climate Experiment was featured on the 6 o'clock news on WBZ-TV Boston (Channel 4; CBS), as one installment of their "Project Mass.: Global Warming" series. You can read or view the story here.

April 22: On Earth Day 2007 the BACE opened its public exhibit area with displays on the topic of climate change.

March-April: Associated Press article on the pitfalls of palm oil appears in many newspapers.

March: Part of the BACE public exhibit was displayed at the 2007 New England Spring Flower Show at the Bayside Expo Center, where it attracted thousands of visitors, and won a Silver Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.


April: New NSF-funded project begins: The Boston-Area Climate Experiment (see below for details).

March: Interviewed for article on

January: Interview on biomass energy to appear on Sveriges Radio (Swedish Broadcasting Corporation).


September 5: PLoS Biology paper (released August 9) covered in BusinessWeek's "Developments to Watch."

August: Research included in "Counting Carbons" feature article in Discover Magazine. Article (may only be available to subscribers).

July 28: Another short interview appears on ABC affiliates, again via ScienCentral News. Video piece and extended interview.

Late May: Short interview on the origins of fossil fuels appeared on ABC affiliates around the United States. (Extended interview and video clip available from ScienCentral News.)


August 11: 30-minute interview on the program "Soundings" on KVMR-FM (northern California).

July 1: "Your Morning" on CN8 (Comcast's network television station for the Eastern U.S.).

March 6: Keynote speaker at the Species At Risk 2004 conference in Victoria, Canada.

March 6: Interview on the German Public Radio program "Forschung Aktuell" about parallels between plant invasions and computer viruses (interview entirely in German: 10:30am Eastern, 16:30 in Germany). The program is available online.

February 16: Several talks from a symposium at the AAAS annual meeting in Seattle, including Jeff's talk about the responses of a California annual grassland to global environmental changes, attracted the interest of the media. Jeff's work was covered by the BBC World Service, in the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, and on WBZ-AM Boston.

January 15: CNet News article about parallels between epidemics in the natural world and computer viruses (!).

January 8: Brief appearance discussing the origins of fossil fuels on BBC Radio 4's "Material World."


December 1: The paper "Burning buried sunshine" was named the fourth most popular science news story of 2003 by the EurekAlert! news service. This fall, the paper received coverage in The Economist, U.S. News and World Report, Science Magazine, and several other radio shows, print, and web outlets worldwide. Here are some links to the coverage.

November 28: The paper "Nitrogen and climate change" appeared in Science. The research results were covered by the BBC, in conjunction with results from a study of carbon exchange in Amazonian rainforest.

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