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2019 in Review: A Year by the Numbers

53 forest ecologists from 23 countries doing research in 19 ForestGEO plots came together for the 2019 Annual Analytical Workshop.  This year it was held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore from June 23-July 6.

Annual analytical workshop participant group photo

2 ForestGEO staff scientists received notable recognition for their work.  On July 25, Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira received the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest recognition that the U.S. government bestows upon early-career researchers.  On November 6, Ben Turner received the Smithsonian Secretary’s Research Prize for his 2018 Nature paper, “Pervasive phosphorus limitation of tree species but not communities in tropical forests.” 

Krista Anderson-Teixiera & Ben Turner
Photo Credit: Donica Payne (DOE Photographer) and Smithsonian Institution

3 new members joined the ForestGEO team: Caly McCarthy (administrative assistant) arrived in April, Daniel Zuleta (tropical tree mortality postdoctoral fellow) in August, & Camille Piponiot (global carbon dynamics postdoctoral fellow) in October.  We also welcomed 1 visiting postdoctoral fellow, Duncan Kimuyu, for 3 weeks in September and October. 

Caly, Daniel, Camille, & Duncan

In September, ForestGEO awarded $57,571 through its annual Research Grants Program to 4 PhD students (Kaitlyn Beidler, Suzanne Ou, Vanessa E. Rubio, & Melina de Souza Leite), 1 postdoc (Evan Gora), and 1 professor (Phyllis Coley) who will conduct research in 12 ForestGEO sites.

Vanessa, Suzanne, & Evan

ForestGEO data contributed to over 100 peer-reviewed articles, including 3 in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and 2 in Science. 

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Thank you to field crew members, data cleaners, principal investigators, workshop participants, postdoctoral fellows, and all others who contribute to the work of ForestGEO.  We appreciate you and look forward to future collaboration in 2020!