:: Rafferty Lab ::
community ecology of plants and pollinators in a changing climate
Welcome to the Rafferty Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of California-Riverside. Research in the lab spans the fields of community ecology, population biology, and global change.
We use experimental manipulations, long-term and historical data, and observations of natural variation to investigate the effects of climate change-induced temporal and spatial shifts on species interactions. In particular, we study how shifts in phenology and distribution affect plants, pollinators, and their interactions.
one of our study sites in the Colorado Rockies
- Our paper on phylogenetic signal in shifts in flowering time is featured on the cover of Journal of Ecology and is the Editor's Choice for the May issue!
- Welcome to Andrea Keeler, incoming Ph.D. student in EEOB! Andrea received a Eugene Cota Robles Award to support her graduate studies and will be joining us at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab this field season.
- Nicole visited UCLA to give a seminar for the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in April.
- New paper with Charlotte de Keyzer describing how phenological patterns can be confounded by spatial variation is out in the May issue of Global Change Biology.
- We are starting to plan for another summer of fieldwork at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, where the snow is melting quickly despite heavy snowfall in January.