Lab members and collaborators

The Smithsonian does not profer degrees, but that does not mean that a lab can't have an academic feel. Our lab hosts post docs, technicians, interns, and works actively with PhD students as well as colleagues from around the world. The new laboratory at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center allows plenty of lab and office space for folks to pursue their research, and the QEL server has lots of cores and RAM, so that no matter where we are in the world, we can still crunch code on the same machine!

Jessica Shue

Botanist, Temperate program technician

Jess has extensive experience in plant identification in the mid-Atlantic.  She also facilitates the temperate program with plot instalation and re-census, workshops, and data vetting and curation.  She also participates in many research projects both at SERC and other temperate forest sites.

Jessica Needham

ForestGEO Postdoctoral Fellow

Jessie is a ForestGEO Fellow working on quantifying global tree species life history strategies. Her work combines quantitative analyses of vital rates and clustering techniques to aggregate species according to life-history 'modes'. 

Rutuja Chitra-Tarak

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rutuja is working on the analysis of tree species rooting depths. 

Uzay Sezen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Uzay is leading the transcriptomics of growth initiative. His expertise is in tree transcriptomics and cross-bow hunting for leaves. 

Chia-Hao Chang-Yang

(former QEL postdoc)

Chia-Hao studies species traits, masting events, and the demographic transitions from seeds to seedlings.  He has worked extensively in the Fushan CTFS-ForestGEO plot in Taiwan, a cyclonal forest.  He is also now working on using Bayesian directional statisitcs to quantify patterns of forest succession

Cory Merow

(former QEL postdoc)

Research Associate, Yale University

Cory is a leading expert on range-modeling and is focusing on developing mechanistic forecasts that are grounded in demography. He is designing statistical tools for ecoinformatics to facilitate the synthesis of multiple data sources across ecological scales.