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.
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!
Justin and Ariana Sutton-Grier publish in Functional Ecology: Does the leaf economic spectrum hold within local species pools across varying environmental conditions?
Marissa Lee has passed her prelims and is now a Ph.D. candidate. Congratulations Marissa!
Bonnie McGill is now pursuing her Ph.D. with Stephen Hamilton at MSU in East Lansing, MI. Bonnie will be studying interactions between agroecosystem land management and water quality. We miss you and wish you all of the best, Bonnie!
The NSF-funded SLaGNet is off to a strong start. The six sites are now set up! Thanks everybody for your help shoveling soil,wheel barrowing, and planting.
Marissa Lee and others publish in Oecologia: Positive feedbacks to growth of and invasive grass through alteration of nitrogen cycle. pdf
Justin and Jason Fridley publish in Oecologia: Drivers of secondary succession rates across temperate latitudes of the Eastern USA: climate, soils, and species pools. pdf