Principal Investigator

Carla Staver, Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows

Yong Zhou is a soil biogeochemist and interested in how soil biogeochemical cycles respond to global environmental changes. He received his PhD from Texas A&M where he studied savanna dynamics and their influence on landscape-scale C, N, and P biogeochemistry. At Yale, he will combine remote sensing to estimate changes in woody cover in African savannas, field work to quantify belowground C stocks, and modeling to establish linkages between the two. [contact]

Anabelle Cardoso is interested in the ecology of savanna ecosystems, specifically in fire-vegetation interactions and in the landscape-scale drivers of fire behaviour. She received her PhD from The University of Oxford where she studied how fire and forest elephants affect forest-savanna boundaries in a mosaicked landscape in Gabon in Central Africa. At Yale, she will be investigating the processes that determine the size of individual fires, and how these scale up to determine the distribution of fire sizes continentally. [contact]
Chao Wu is a global change ecologist and interested in fire modeling and how fire-induced biogeochemical cycles respond to climate change. He received his dual PhDs from Tsinghua University and University of Exeter where he studied wildfire dynamics and the impacts of fire on the global carbon cycle, vegetation distribution and feedbacks to the climate system. At Yale, he will use remote sensing and numerical simulation methods to improve global fire models, specifically in their representations of fire size and duration to better understand extreme fires. [contact]
Graduate Students

Maddy Case is interested in interactions between plant communities, disturbance, and global change. She is excited about both empirical and theoretical approaches to plant ecology. Maddy received her A.B. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from Princeton University. She has done field work in plant ecology in North America, South America, and Africa, and spent a year as a 2012-2013 Luce Scholar developing environmental education programs in Vietnam. [contact]

Arielle Biro is interested in understanding how plant-microbe interactions can contribute to savanna-forest ecosystem dynamics. She aims to understand how microbial communities can vary between savannas and forests, differentially impacting soil processes, plant growth, and ecosystem function. Arielle received her B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Binghamton University, where she had worked on legume-rhizobia symbioses. [contact]
Past Lab Grad Students and Postdocs
2014-2017, postdoc. Julie Aleman. Visiting Scientist, University of Montreal.
2017-2019, postdoc. Josh Daskin. Ecologist, US Fish and Wildlife.
2017-2019, postdoc. Maggie Simon. Postdoc, University of Florida.