We are a research lab at Duke University exploring the causes and consequences of patterns of biological diversity across the planet. We combine observational and experimental approaches with modeling to develop and test hypotheses and build towards synthetic ecological theory. We hope you enjoy exploring our website!
You can visit us in person at the Biological Sciences building room 256, 130 Science Drive, Durham NC 27708.
Cari was awarded a Sigma Xi GIAR and a Bass Summer Fellowship!
A huge "THANK YOU!" to each of our summer technicians (Briana Boaz, Ben Grunswald, Hannah Kinsley, Kyrstin Lulow, Danny Reiland, and Sam Young) for a wonderful field season in The Wright Lab!
Justin has been awarded tenure! Congratulations Justin!
Cari and Aspen have both passed their preliminary exams and advance to PhD candidacy!
Aspen has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Cari was awarded Honorable Mention. Great work by both of them!
Marissa Lee is awarded a DDIG from the NSF for her work studying the effects of Microstegium on nitrogen cycling!
Amanda Koltz has secured funding for a post-doc at Washington University. We'll miss you but are excited for your new opportunities.
Justin is a co-author on another Nutnet paper published in Nature
We are hiring several research technicians for May-August 2014! Check out the job announcement here.
Contact Steve for more information.
Aspen writes a nice article for
the EEB and Flow website
Jenny's paper is published in Hydrobiologia
Justin is awarded a grant from NSF to study the effects of an invasive grass on nutrient cycling in complex landscapes. Yay!
Marissa Lee has her work on AM fungal effects on Microstegium published in Biological Invasions.
Cari Ficken publishes her seed bank research in Wetlands Ecology and Management!
Justin is quoted in a ScienceNow article about a paper describing beaver effects on carbon storage
Aspen Reese publishes in PNAS!
Amanda will be hosting PolarTREC teacher Nell Kemp in the field this July! Keep up to date with Nell's Arctic expedition here.
Greg will be speaking at the UNC-CH Ecology Seminar Series on Thursday, April 4 at 4:00pm in Wilson 128.
Justin's research is the focus of a podcast on the Functional Ecology website
Aspen Reese publishes her undergraduate honors work in the Journal of Morphology. Pikas are cool!!
The 2nd Annual Lab-o-lympics with the Bernhardt and Heffernan labs results in sweet-sweet victory for the Wright lab! Hats off to Bob Shriver and Erin Seybold for their contributions to our success. Greg, Justin and Steve swept the winners podium!