Welcome to duvalecology.org
Given our unique location in Socorro, NM, and our network of collaborators and projects in the Southwest, the Duval Lab is thriving as a hub for arid land ecosystem research and teaching. Please contact us about potential collaboration, existing projects, and if you have interest in joining us as a student or visiting researcher.
Congratulations to Marina Hein and Katie McLain for receiving a grant award from the Native Plant Society of New Mexico! This will help further their MS theses projects on our middle Rio Grande work on evapotranspiration, greenhouse gas flux and native/invasive riparian plant communities.
Happy New Year. We are busy at work with the Rio Grande hydro-biogeochemistry project, finishing up instrumentation at D-DIRT Sevilleta, and moving forward with our soil bacterio-phage/N-cycle project. Good things to come in 2021!
We are excited to announce new funding from BLM! We are looking for a motivated student to work on a Master's level project related to creosote encroachment, grassland restoration, and all of the biogeochemical consequences therein. Please contact for more information.
We are happy to invite Marina Hein into the lab as our newest graduate student. Welcome, Marina!
Sergio de Tomas Marin successfully defended his Master's thesis! Congratulations Sergio!
Biology 112 students please follow this link for updated class information given our current distance education situation.
The Duval Lab is actively recruiting Master's students to begin in August of 2020 to work on projects related to invasive plant impacts on N biogeochemistry and desert soil C cycling. Please contact with a letter (or email) of interest and a brief resume/CV with contact information from a former mentor and a former employer. Review will start immediately and final decisions will be made by early-mid April 2020.
Walter Whitford and I's book (Ecology of Desert Systems, 2nd edition) has been printed! I'm incredibly excited to have helped Walt update his seminal work, and am looking forward to feedback from our colleagues working in desert systems.
Please consider submitting an abstract to our session at the American Geophysical Union Fall 2019 meeting! I will be co-convening a session with Dr. Jennie McLaren (UTEP Biology) and Dr. Dan Cadol (NM Tech Hydrology) on the biogeochemical effects of invasive and encroaching plants. We are super excited to solicit research presentations using any methodology (field measurements, lab experiments, modeling) that address soil-microbial-atmosphere interactions leading to a better understanding of how invasive/encroaching plants change local and regional biogeochemistry. See the full posting here:
Update on the book Ecology of Desert Systems 2nd Edition, Walt and I are expecting a September 1 release date.