Who we are
The Hoffmann Lab studies plant functional ecology of savanna and forest
ecosystems of North and South America. Our research is motivated by a
common interest in understanding how factors such as climate, fire, and
drought govern the distribution and abundance of trees and other plant
species. Masters and PhD degrees are offered through the Department of
Plant Biology at North Carolina State University
- Alice Wines presents her research at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Wall defends his Ph.D. thesis "Population Genetics and Demography of Astragalus michauxii and Pyxidanthera brevifolia, two endemic plant species of the Fall-line Sandhills." Congratulations Wade!
Grady's paper, "Caught in a Fire Trap: Recurring Fire Creates Stable
Size Equilibria in Woody Resprouters" has been published in
paper, "Fuels or microclimate? Understanding the drivers of fire
feedbacks at savanna-forest boundaries" has been published in AUSTRAL
- Renee Marchin, Stephanie Hollingworth, and Wade Wall presented their research at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
Wall's paper "Demographic effects of fire on two endemic plant species
in the longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystem" has been published in PLANT
paper, "Ecological thresholds at the savanna-forest boundary: how plant
traits, resources and fire govern the distribution of tropical biomes"
has been published in ECOLOGY LETTERS.
NCSU offers a rich environment for studying Ecology, Evolution,
and Conservation Biology, with dozens of ecologists and evolutionary
biologists in the Department of Plant Biology, Department of Biology,
Department of Plant Pathology, Department of Entomology, Department of
Forestry and Environmental Resources, and Department of Marine, Earth
and Atmospheric Sciences.