Jane Cowles

Jane is interested in extensions of the theoretical links between coexistence mechanisms – the reasons there are so many species to begin with – and the consequences of these coexisting species – biodiversity – for ecosystem functioning. Past projects include examining the role of plant-soil feedbacks in the diversity-productivity relationship and how increased below-ground niche use in diverse plant communities may alter the response of ecosystems to increased temperatures. Jane co-leads, with Laura Dee and Forest Isbell, an NSF LTER synthesis working group at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis that is scaling-up biodiversity analyses. Jane is now employed by Exponent in Seattle.

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