Kai is awarded a Faculty Research Grant from the Committee of Research at UC Santa Cruz for 2020-2021. The research topic is to forecast plant pollen phenology by integrating remotely-sensed and ground-based data.
Kai Zhu, Steve Munch, and Yiluan Song were awarded the Microsoft AI for Earth Azure compute credit grant of $15,000. In a one-year project, the team aims to forecast pollen levels with data-driven phenology models. Microsoft Azure's wide array of cloud computing services will enable the team to decipher the complex dynamics of plant phenology and make scalable predictions to inform public health decisions under climate change. (Photo credit: Microsoft.)
An article by Clara, Kai, and collaborators at Stanford University was selected as editor's choice in the Journal of Ecology. The print version of the issue, published today, also features a photo of the study site during a 2011 prescribed burn – the same treatment which helped the authors to conclude that climate change affects grassland soil microbial communities primarily through the legacy effects of fire and shifts in plant community composition. Co-authors Nona Chiariello [...]
Lan Liu, a former postdoc, published a meta-analysis paper on plant-soil diversity in ESA journal Ecosphere. Liu L, Zhu K, Wurzburger N, Zhang J. Relationships between plant diversity and soil microbial diversity vary across taxonomic groups and spatial scales. Ecosphere, 11(1):e02999. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2999 Abstract Plant diversity has long been assumed to predict soil microbial diversity. However, contradictory results have been found when examining their relationships, particularly at broad spatial scales. To address this issue, we conducted a [...]
Yiluan Song presented her poster "Keeping up with climate: phenology in the Anthropocene" at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2019 (Centennial) in the session "Understanding Phenological Responses and Feedbacks in Terrestrial Vegetation: Patterns, Mechanisms, and Consequences." Abstract link here.
Kai attended the NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network) Science Summit at the University of Colorado, Boulder, October 15-17, 2019. Excited to meet colleagues across various areas in macrosystems ecology. From the meeting website: […]
Clara and Kai, along with co-authors at Stanford University, published an article in the Journal of Ecology which demonstrates that climate change affects grassland soil microbial communities primarily through the legacy effects of fire and shifts in plant community composition. Qin, C., Zhu, K., Chiariello, N. R., Field, C. B., & Peay, K. G. (2019). Fire history and plant community composition outweigh decadal multi‐factor global change as drivers of microbial composition in an annual [...]
Major NSF grant supports research on soil fungi Climate change will bring changes to fungi and tree distribution, possibly soil From UC Santa Cruz News September 03, 2019 By Jennifer McNulty Soil fungi are the quiet, underground workhorses of virtually every ecosystem from the tropics to Antarctica. Yet little is known about their prevalence, distribution, or how they might respond to climate change and other ecological disturbances. Kai Zhu, an assistant professor of environmental [...]
The first lab retreat started at Swanton's Farm Stand and U-Pick in Davenport, where lab members, family, and partners picked berries and sat down for a nice picnic lunch. We all enjoyed our strawberry hauls on a beautiful Saturday.
Clara attended the Summer Course on "Ecological Forecasting" at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, July 28 – August 2, 2019. From the workshop website: NEFI 2019 Summer Course As part of the NSF-funded Near-term Ecological Forecasting Initiative, this course targets graduate students, post-docs, and early-career scientists interested in learning about ecological forecasting in a variety of contexts. In addition to academics, we reserve slots specifically for agency and NGO scientists. This course is adapted from the recently [...]