Welcome!

Research in the Lau lab focuses on community ecology and evolutionary ecology. We study how plant populations respond to human-cased environmental change, the ecology and evolution of species interactions, and natural selection in the wild.


The Latest:

November 2012 - Summer 2012 researcher Cristy Portales Reyes wins best undergraduate poster prize at American Chemical Society annual meeting for her and Tina's work on how garlic mustard allelochemicals affect native legume-rhizobium interactions. Tina also presented at the West Michigan Regional Undergrad Science Research Conference.

October 2012 - Jay Lennon's and Jen's paper on how microbes help plants adapt to changing climates featured on German public radio (click here for mp3 broadcast) and on Greening of the Great Lakes (click here for mp3 broadcast).

October 2012 - Long-term herbivore exclosures completed! Lawton High School teacher Dave Williams, Ph.D. student Liz Schultheis, and tech Jeremy Jubenville installed 32 research plots in swamps, old fields, forests and grassland restorations to test how enemies affect the relative abundance of exotics vs. native species. Dave is designing signage and curricula so that local classes can come out and participate in the experiment.

August 2012 - Good luck, Rachel and Dylan! Rachel Prunier leaves the lab to begin a faculty position at Western Connecticut, and Dylan Weese leaves the lab to begin a faculty position at Saint Ambrose University. We will miss you! Check out Rachel's new faculty page here: http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/prunier/

August 2012 - High school teacher Dave Williams and the Lau labbies have been busy putting in a series of educational research plots that will show how browsers and insect herbivores affect plant communities. Let the trenching begin!

May 2012 - Liz received an NSF DDIG for her project investigating Elton's Enemy Release Hypothesis. Way to go!

March 2012 - Liz receives a CNS Hensley Endowed Fellowships in Science! Woohooo!

Feb 2012 - Congratulations to Liz, Kane, and Tomomi for being awarded Hanes Trust Fellowships and research grants from the Michigan Botanical Foundation!

April 8, 2011 - Woohoo!!! Tomomi is awarded the Tracey Hammer Graduate Student Award at the College of Natural Science Awards Ceremony...

April 6, 2011 - Casey terHorst wins the 2011 American Naturalist Student Paper Award for his paper "Evolution in Response to Direct and Indirect Ecological Effects in Pitcher Plant Inquiline Communities"! Way to go, Casey!!!

April 2010 - Congratulations to Liz for receiving a Sigma Xi grant!

April 25, 2009 - Congratulations to Tomomi for receiving a Sigma Xi grant (and for completing a half marathon)!

April 2009 - ROKs students, Morgan Lucke and Kathleen Peshek, presented at the MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium. See the photo.

January 2009 - The Lau Lab goes to Sleeping Bear Dunes for the KBS retreat. Snowfight ensued!

November 1, 2008 - Check out the Lau Labbies at Halloween!