Welcome to the Houlton lab! Please explore the links for information about our research activities and achievements. Please feel free to contact Ben at bzhoulton ‘at’ ucdavis ‘dot’ edu with any queries.
Houlton group, 2013-2014. Left to right: Jack Wang, Joy Cookingham, Erin Lennon, Meagan Mnich, Sara Enders, Scott Morford, Alison Marklein, Katy Dynarski, Benjamin Houlton
- 12/13, Congratulations to Scott for winning the "best student paper award" at the American Geophyscial Union Fall Meeting. Scott explained how rock nitrogen weathering affects the global system, using models and experiments in tandem.
- 12/13, Congratulations to Ben on being named "Chancellor's Fellow" in recognition of research and teaching accomplishments at UC Davis. According to Chancellor Katehi: “The chancellor’s fellows have distinguished themselves in their early careers even beyond the high standards set by our faculty. We are indeed proud of their achievements in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, and the excellent work they are doing in our classrooms and labs with our students.” The 5 year title comes with a 25K prize for investment in scholarly activities.
- 12/13, Scott and Katy presented at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
- 11/13, Ben, Alison and Joy presented at N2013 - the International Nitrogen Initiative meeting - held in Kampala, Uganda. The meeting touched on issues related to global N distributions, local management strategies, and implications of humanities imprint on the N cycle - which has grown massively since 1950. Uganda is beautiful, the people are amazing, and seing elephants, zebras, lions etc was a highlight.
- 06/13, Ben and Alison co-authored a paper due out in PNAS on plant CO2 capture in the global biosphere. Our findings - which centered on space-borne satellite observations - indicate that tropical trees have high capacity to soak up human CO2 emissions, and thus should be conserved for this key ecosystem service.
- 05/13, Katy Dynarski will be joing the group as a Ph.D. student in the fall. She arrives from Villanova, with an excellent background in nitrogen fixation and biogeochemistry.
- 04/13, Congratulations to Scott for winning the best student paper/presentation award at the soil-systems meeting in Zurich. What an amazing accomplishment, with a tremendous amount of hard work underneath it.
- 04/22/13 Happy earth day. Let's be mindful of change, not deny the reality of our effect on the environment, and learn how to engage in sustainable practices that benefit future generations.
- 04/13, Scott and Sara are abroad; Scott in Switzerland for a soils conference, Sara in Japan working on new isotopic analysis techniques.
- 03/13, Ben gave a seminar on the global nitrogen cycle to the Department of Biology at Western University, London, Ontario, invited by the graduate students. It was an excptional visit, a gem of a place to study global change ecology.
- 03/13, Congratulations to Jorge and Ben for their recent paper in Plant and Soil on long-term ecosystem controls over forest growth, nutrient cycling and soil fertility.
- 03/13, Sara has received an NSF DDIG award to help fund her work on plant chlorin d15N - Congratulations!
- 01/13, Ben gave a talk to the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project on the fate of nitrogen in California's environment. SCCWRP is seeking to understand and address issues in California coastal systems, including land-based effects.