Kudos to these students
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- The School of Forestry had several present and former NAU authors on two recently published papers about forest entomology.
- Doctoral student of forestry Derek Uney, undergraduate student Hannah Riskas, professor of forestry Richard Hofstetter and former professor of biology Aaron Smith published the article, “Ground-dwelling arthropods of pinyon-juniper woodlands: Arthropod community patterns are driven by climate and overall plant productivity, not host tree species” in PLOS ONE. The study tested habitat specialization of ground-dwelling arthropod (GDA) communities underneath pinyon and juniper trees and investigated the role of climate and productivity gradients in structuring GDAs within pinyon-juniper woodlands using two elevational gradients.
- Uney, Hofstetter, doctoral student of forestry Sneha Vissa, assistant professor of biological sciences Karen Haubensak and former doctoral student Sky Stephens published the article, “Climate and vegetation structure shape ant communities along elevational gradients on the Colorado Plateau” in Ecology and Evolution. The study observed ant community changes along climatic gradients within different habitat types on the Colorado Plateau in the southwestern United States.