DGE Newsletter, June 2004
Pedro Pulido's Retirement Party
Dr. Halton Peters, PhD!
On June 23, all the labs came together to celebrate Pedro's 26 years of service to our Institution and also his birthday with a barbecue lunch. Both Chris Field and Winslow Briggs emphasized how Pedro always has performed his custodial jobs with a friendly smile as one of the family. We shall miss him, although he promised to visit us frequently. June 22, 2004, Halton Peters presented his thesis defence and completed his Oral Exam for the PhD degree from Stanford University. His thesis work under Profs Field and Mooney is titled "Consumer control of animal-structured plant communities under current and future environmental conditions."
Halton's mother, Beverly Peters, joined Faculty, Staff and Students for the celebration that followed. The special cake featured a slug, one of the "consumers" mentioned in the thesis title.
Global Ecology Department Meetings
June 7, 2004
If you were here on Saturday, please pat yourself on the back for a great job clearing the weeds. If you weren't, you should congratulate your colleagues who were.
A dedicated crew made a huge difference in just a couple of hours. The whole effort was so much fun that we have decided on a second round. Round 2 will be on a Friday afternoon at 5. The tentative date is June 25.
PS: June 30, Because of a crowded schedule, the 2nd round hasn't yet taken place.
As you know, June is the month for weddings, so I thought, why not make it the month for weedings, as well. After all, this requires only a subtle change in spelling and provides the potential for a truly festive event.
Based on the current status of our landscaping, June is truly the month for weedings, and we will have the first ever DGE sanctioned weeding on June 5 (Saturday), from 9-11. Bring your favorite implement of destruction and your sun hat. Dancing shoes and champagne glasses won't be necessary, though we do need true hearts and long commitments. I will bring snacks. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
By the way, if you thought planting was a great way to learn the species, wait 'til you try weeding.
Jasper Ridge Harvest, Spring 2004
Analysis of the samples collected from the 36 plots at the JRGCE in April is well underway. June 4, when the photos below were taken, was the last day of work for the extra-hire students (Nathan Hamm, Olivia Sinaikl, Alison Appling, & Tawni Tidwell), and their labor was being well-utilized for the painstaking job of separating roots from liter. The number of individual core samples is the sum of 32 plots with 4 treatments each, 0-15 cm and 16-30 cm below the surface, plus 4 control (no treatments) plots for a total of 272 separate analyses of the roots. Regular RAs (Kathleen Brizgys & David Kroodsma) will be carrying on.
Welcome back to Ben Shaby who left last summer for a graduate program in Statistics at Cornell Univ. He will be doing more of the same here at DGE until he takes some time for 'fun' about the middle of August at the Summer Olympics in Athens before returning to Cornell. Editor Jan Brown
e-mail: jbrown@globalecology.stanford.edu
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