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Joan Dudney - Ecologist

Joan Dudney - Ecologist

A postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) of UC Santa Barbara. She studies global change impacts in terrestrial plant communities. Which is to say she studies through long term observational experiments the relationships between plant communities and global change drivers, including pests, pathogens, drought, and fire. She's literally looking out to the future by looking at what we did, and what we are doing actively.

A quote from her Journal Website, "I spent much of my youth climbing trees and chasing racer snakes in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. My passion for the outdoors has led me to some of the most remote places in the lower 48 and has inspired a life-long commitment to ecosystem science and stewardship.

My research is grounded both by my love of nature and the challenges we face as stewards of a rapidly changing world. It is up to us to explore, discover, and improve our treatment of each other and this incredible earth."

One of her latest publications, Nonlinear shifts in infectious rust disease due to climate change. Paraphrased by me, How Come All the Trees are Sick and Dying?

Here's two excellent books I've read exploring plants, humans, and everything in between. In Defense of Plants | The Nature of Life and Humanity 

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