Pelini Lab Salt Project

Over the past few weeks, members of the Pelini Lab have been going through a variety of samples collected from agricultural sites around Bowling Green as part of a preliminary investigation into how invertebrates present in these areas may be sodium limited.¬†Our central hypothesis is that low-level Na enrichment of croplands will increase crop production […]

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Rob’s Berlese Funnels

Last week, the Pelini Lab assisted master’s student Rob Baroudi in creatively assembling 200 Berlese funnels. Rob had some extra room at his grandfather’s house, which he used to extract invertebrates from his litterbags collected from UMBS. It was a long day, but worth the success in the end. Now comes the fun part of […]

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Fall Retreat at UMBS

Last weekend, the Pelini lab took advantage of a brief Fall break by venturing up to the University of Michigan Biological Station. There, we assisted Rob Baroudi in collecting his litter decomposition bags which he is using to measure decomposition rates across a chronoburn-sequence disturbance gradient. On Sunday morning, the new graduate students were able […]

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About Us

The Pelini lab examines the effects of climate change and disturbance (e.g., fire) on above- and belowground arthropod-dominated food webs. We seek to understand how changes in these food webs affect carbon dioxide emissions, primary production, and other processes. Our research uses field, greenhouse, and lab experiments in Harvard Forest, University of Michigan Biological Station, […]

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