The theme of my research is the functioning of nutrient-limited ecosystems. At the heart of it all is understanding plant roots: how they are built, how they work, and how long they live. It's not glamorous work, but it's important. My research seeks to integrate multiple aspects of nutrient-limited ecosystems: from soil characteristics that influence nitrogen and phosphorus availability to the functional traits of plants that confer advantages when nutrients are limiting to patterns of herbivory and grazer performance. Of late, I've been exploring the differences in N- and P-limited ecosystems, the determinants of temperature sensitivity of decomposition, continental- to global-scale patterns of nitrogen cycling, and the drivers of bison performance in different grasslands.


Recent Announcements

  • Dimensions of Biodiversity grant funded NSF has funded our Dimensions of Biodiversity proposal "Dimensions NASA: Collaborative Research: The biogeography and evolution of drought tolerance in grasses" for approximately $2M.This will be with Mel Duvall ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2013, 4:26 AM by Joseph Craine
  • Long-term climate sensitivity of grazer performance: a cross-site study Just out in PLOS ONE.http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0067065Press release: http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/jun13/bison62113.html
    Posted Jun 20, 2013, 3:08 PM by Joseph Craine
  • Changes in global nitrogen cycling during the Holocene epoch Kendra's paper on reconstructions of N cycling now published in Nature. N availability declined for thousands of years during the early Holocene and there is no evidence of N ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2013, 4:51 AM by Joseph Craine
  • New review on whole-plant tolerances to resource stress. New review paper out in Frontiers in Plant Science: "Resource limitation, tolerance, and the future of ecological plant classification"
    Posted Oct 30, 2012, 8:06 AM by Joseph Craine
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