Macroecology lab action at ESA 2018

The Macroecology lab is presenting several lines of new research  and findings at the annual convention of the Ecological Society of America Meeting in New Orleans next week. There is also one organized meeting as well as an organized symposium. Come an stop by and attend/chat with us! We will be updating this schedule as the week goes by so stay tuned!


OpenTraits Meeting! Day 1 Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Convention Center 300 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-3604. Our lab is hosting an international meeting focused on creating an open traits network. This workshop is part of a coordinated, international series of meetings focused on facilitating open collaboration and standardization in the collection of trait data. While the primary aim of this workshop will focus on open science and metadata standards, we will also discuss the outcomes of previous workshops in this series as well as future directions for these efforts. For more information on the meeting, go to


OpenTraits Meeting! Day 2


02:30 PM – 02:50 PM postdoc Sandra Duran will be presenting new work entitled  Leaf optical properties reveal variation of plant responses across a temperature gradient in the world’s hottest tropical rainforest

04:40 PM – 05:00 PM Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – 346-347 Lab collaborator Flurin Babst will be presenting on When tree rings go global: Challenges and opportunities for retro- and prospective insight


04:30 PM – 06:30 PM Ernest N. Morial Convention Center- ESA Exhibit Hall  PhD student Brian Maitner will be presenting Phylogenetic scaling and community phylogenetic patterns


08:00 AM – 11:30 AM – 352 Brian Enquist is hosting an ESA symposium in collaboration with Jack Williams and Corinna Gries  SYMP 9 Ecoinformatics Advances: Building Technosocial Systems for Open Data and Big Science

08:20 AM – 08:40 AM  – New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center -345  Ian McFadden will be presenting collaborative work with the BIEN network How does climate and topography shape plant beta diversity across the Americas? A big data perspective

09:40 AM – 10:10 AM Brian Enquist will be presenting in a symposium Muy BIEN: Next steps in a global workflow for integrating plant botanical observations

02:10 PM – 02:30 PM – 348-349 postdoc and new faculty member Sean Michaletz will be talking on new work entitledOn the kinetics of plant growth from leaves to ecosystems

04:20 PM – 04:40 PM New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – 253 Post doc Daniel Park will be presenting  Adaptation and variation of phenological responses to climate

04:30 PM – 06:30 PM postdoc Xiao Feng will be presenting  How does forest die-off affect agriculture thousands of miles away? Revealing the hidden teleconnected network of NEON domains


08:00 AM – 08:20 AM New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – 342 Carolyn Flower will be presenting collaborative work with the BIEN network and Ben Blonders group at ASU entitled  Humans influence plant ranges in the Sonoran Desert

04:30 PM – 06:30 PM New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – ESA Exhibit Hall Megan Gaitan will be presenting collaborative work with our lab and Lisa Patrick Bentley’s lab group    Using trait-based ecology to understand shifts in community assembly in a long-term tropical forest plot



08:00 AM – 08:20 AM PhD student Yaoqi Li will be presenting new work entitled   Geographical patterns in leaf morphology of woody plants and their implications

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