DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Campus and Community > Jalene Lamontagne Tapped To Lead NSF-funded Long-term Ecological Research Team
By Kristin Claes Mathews /
March 19, 2021 /
Posted in: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY /
“The geographic spread of this data, and being able to analyze it all at once, may allow us to come up with some general principles of biology that we really didn't understand before,” says LaMontagne, an associate professor in the College of Science and Health. “We will be looking at the patterns and trying to relate those, of course, to environmental change.”
“There are many different species of animals that feed on these seeds as a resource," LaMontagne says. "Whatever we discover is changing in the trees is going to affect a variety of different animals from small mammals to birds to insects, and then whatever feed on them as well."
LaMontagne’s group seeks to build on work done in 2000 at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California. Mathematical techniques for quantifying synchrony have improved dramatically in the past 20 years and this new research team is eager to apply these new approaches.
“Some of these data sets are pretty exciting. By having that much data, we're also going to have a team using statistical approaches so we can find emerging patterns,” LaMontagne says.
DePaul ecologist Bala Chaudhary also will contribute to the project. She brings scientific expertise in community ecology and meta-analysis, as well as working with large groups to conduct and publish research.
More information about the project is available online. The Plant Reproductive Drivers Synthesis Group is funded by the National Science Foundation under grant DEB #1545288, through the Long Term Ecological Research Network Office (LNO), National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), University of California, Santa Barbara.