The lab's research focuses on linkages among plant community dynamics, primary productivity, and biogeochemical cycles,how these relationships are altered under global change, and how they vary across spatial scales.
Various ecosystem properties and processes, including hydrologic regimes, eutrophication, biodiversity, and homogenization of landscapes are likely to change in the future. These changes will have strong impacts on ecosystem services world-wide, and a major challenge we face is to predict future ecosystem states and services under complex global change scenarios. We combine field experiments, theoretical ecology, data synthesis, and process-based modeling techniques to understand processes driving community and ecosystem phenomena at various scales. Ultimately, our goal is to better understand and predict how communities and ecosystems interact, and how they will respond under global change scenarios at spatial scales relevant for land management.
The lab's research revolves around three major components: (1) Plant community controls on net primary productivity (NPP) responses to altered precipitation regimes, (2) effects of global change drivers on biogeochemical processes, and (3) how asynchrony among local communities controls ecosystem processes at larger spatial scales.
Join the Lab!
We are currently looking for a post-doctoral researcher to work on a DOE funded project focused on modeling shrub encroachment across US grasslands. The announcement is below.
Post-doc in Ecological Land Surface Modeling – University of Wyoming
Position: Post-doctoral researcher
Location: University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Salary: $41,000 + benefits
Dates: Sept 1, 2019 – Aug 31, 2021
We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to work for two years on a funded DOE project focused on improving grass/shrub components within land surface models. Specifically, the post-doc will work to (1) develop CLM-FATES for herbaceous ecosystems, (2) utilize various ecological data streams to improve parameterization of grass and shrub vegetation groups, and (3) use CLM-FATES to generate projections describing shrub encroachment under various global change scenarios. Although the post-doctoral researcher will be housed within the Wilcox lab ( ) at the University of Wyoming, they will work as part of a team of interdisciplinary researchers at Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Wyoming.
Desired qualifications include:
To apply: Please email a cover letter, your CV, and contact information for three professional references to Kevin Wilcox (email@example.com) by Sunday, July 7th for full consideration.