Of termite tales and other stories
Deadwood is a large global carbon store with its store size partially determined by biotic decay. Microbial wood decay rates are known to respond to changing temperature and precipitation. Termites are also important decomposers in the tropics but are less well studied. An understanding of their climate sensitivities is needed to estimate climate change effects on wood carbon pools. I present results from a recently published study comparing the relative role of wood-dwelling microbes and wood-feeding termites in decomposing wood around. I also provide back stories on the development of the project and the large network of authors and collaborators.
Dr Amy Zanne
Dr Amy Zanne
Filiación institucional: Aresty Chair in Tropical Ecology and Professor in Biology, University of Miami
Perfil: Dr. Amy Zanne is a Professor of Biology and Aresty Chair in Tropical Ecology at University of Miami. Her lab group focuses on the interactions among plants, microbes and insects, and how they affect carbon cycling and global change under current and future projected climates. She has done field work in Uganda, Costa Rica, USA, Australia, France, and Brazil. Before University of Miami, she was a professor at George Washington University and University of Missouri, St. Louis. She was a postdoctoral scholar supported by the National Science Foundation, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center and Mellon Foundation at Macquarie University, University of California Berkeley, Duke University, University of Minnesota and Tufts University. She received her PhD and MSc from University of Florida and her BSc from Dartmouth College.