Research in Naithani lab is focused on understanding the effects of changing climate and land use on ecological patterns and processes.

Kusum shared lab's work at the Murray State University.

Kusum participated in NSF sponsored workshop on sustainable food and agriculture systems.

neonMicrobe: R package for analyzing NEON marker gene sequence data.

Eston received the Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship to pursue ENDY doctoral degree. Congratulations and welcome to the group.

Marvin joined the group for summer REU research. Welcome to Fayetteville.

We resumed our annual lab lunch to celebrate Renee's defense, Alexis's qualifying exam, and to welcome Marvin to the group. Thank you for your hard work everyone! It was great to see everyone out of the Zoom Screen.

Kusum participated in the Girls in STEM workshop organized by the museum of discovery in Little Rock.

We received NSF-REU award for training undergraduate students in ecological theory and methods!

Yang joined the group as MS student. Welcome to the group!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!

New year started with uploading videos from last semester's ecology class. Here is the link to our YouTube Channel EcologyTalks if you are interested in watching more.

Kusum shared Lab's work at the University of Central Arkansas.

Kusum shared lab's work at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Our recent work shows that logging and forest conversion significantly affect soil microbial diversity and can have lasting effects on carbon cycling in tropical montane forests.

Our recent work estimated first decadal (2006 – 2015) sediment deficit for coastal Louisiana based on field data.

Our recent work shows that using nests with paper liners may accelerate pollinator population establishment and propagation in commercial orchards.

Alexis received the Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship to pursue ENDY doctoral degree. Congratulations and welcome to the group!

Kusum participated in NEON Workshop as guest speaker.

Renee, Megan, JB, and Kusum presented in the ESA Meeting.

We received NSF EAGER grant to work with NEON Soils!

Megan did a great job on her candidacy exam. She is a doctoral candidate now!!!

Ashley graduated with a B. A. in African and African American Studies, and a B.A. in Biology. Many congratulations and all the best for your future adventures!

Renee successfully defended her thesis. Congratulations!

Virtual celebration and our best wishes for her future!

PAG 2020 workshop was a success! Thank you Keith, Chet, Scott, and Grégoire for amazing talks.

Please fill the survey if you are interested in plants and environment measurements.

Kusum is organizing a workshop at PAG 2020 with Pankaj and Keith. Please fill the survey if you are interested in plants and environment measurements.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

New year started with uploading all of the videos from last semester's ecology class. Here is the link to our YouTube Channel EcologyTalks if you are interested in watching more.

Rico and Tico Take on the World!

Our General Ecology students (Melodey and Joseph) published their Ecology Media Project as children's book and stopped by to give me a copy of it. You made my day!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2020!

Congratulations Renee!

Renee received the Professor Delbert Swartz Graduate Fellowship for outstanding performance in research and teaching. 2019 ended on a good note.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Congratulations Megan!

Megan had a productive summer fieldwork and a fantastic start of the fall semester with the NSF-Intern Award. She is working with the Environmental Defense Fund to learn about sustainable agriculture and supply chain management.

Congratulations Ayanna!

Ayanna had a great summer, participated in the NEON-TERENO Workshop, received the NEON Early Career Fellowship to attend the Ecological Society of America Meeting and helped Megan in fieldwork.

NEON FMN Application is Open

Fall 2019 NEON FMN Application is closed.

Application for the spring 2020 will open in November.

2019 QUBES Mentors

BioQUEST/QUBES Summer Workshop

Kusum attended BioQUEST/QUBES summer 2019 workshop on data science. Evolution of Data in the Classroom: From Data to Data Science

Kusum presenting at IALE

10th IALE World Congress

Kusum presented Borneo sustainable agroforestry work at 10th IALE World Congress.

End of another successful semester! Thank you for working hard everyone.

Congratulations to Connor and Elizabeth for graduating with honors. We wish you luck & happiness for your life after UofA.

Elizabeth at her thesis defense

Congratulations Elizabeth!

Elizabeth defended her honors thesis successfully. Congratulations!

Connor after his defense

Congratulations Connor!

Connor defended his honors thesis successfully. Congratulations!

Renee next to her poster

US-IALE 2019

Renee presented Borneo sustainable agroforestry work at US-IALE meeting.

Figure from the paper

Read our recent paper on human-elephant conflict management.

Shaffer L. J., Khadka K. K., Van Den Hoek J. & Naithani K. J. (2019) Human-Elephant Conflict: A Review of Current Management Strategies and Future Directions. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6:235.

Figure from the paper

Read our latest paper on how soil microbes act as indicator of wetland condition.

Moon J. B., Wardrop D. H., Smithwick E. A. H. & Naithani K. J. (2019) Fine-scale spatial homogenization of microbial habitats: a multivariate index of headwater wetland complex condition. Ecological Applications. 29(1), e0181.

Ayanna working in the lab

Ayanna St. Rose

Ayanna joined the group as a doctoral student. Welcome to the group!

Please fill the survey if you are interested in plants and environment measurements.

Kusum at PAG workshop

The workshop at the Plant and Animal Genome meeting was a success.

Megan next to her poster

Megan presented rice photosynthesis work at the Plant and Animal Genome meeting.

Bohol Bee Farm

IWOMB 2019

Kusum was shared her work at International Workshop on Mathematical Biology, Bohol, Philippines.

Kusum visited Ramaiah University-Bengaluru, India for a seminar.

Kusum visited Wildlife Institute of India-Dehradun to start a new collaboration.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2019!

JB moved to Franklin & Marshall College. Our best wishes for your future!

Renee, JB, Abby, and Kusum spent the summer in Borneo digging soils in tropical montane forests.

We welcomed Megan Reavis in the group. She will work on the Rice project for her doctoral dissertation. Congratulations for receiving the Doctoral Academy Fellowship from the university!

We welcomed Connor Perkins in the group. He is working on comparing an expensive commercial soil CO2 flux measurement systems with an inexpensive custom made system for his honors thesis.

Kusum is selected to participate in NEON/QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network.

Kusum visited TERI School of Advance Studies, New Delhi, India for a seminar.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2018!

Our recent work shows that development of consistent and transparent practices for model selection are needed for successful model transfer.

Our recent work shows a new catchment-scale stratification scheme.

Dr. Jen Shaffer visited the lab and shared her research with Biology and Anthropology departments.

We welcomed Renee Sniegocki in the group. She will work on Borneo project for her master thesis

Andy and Kusum received NSF funding to study genetic variation in rice photosynthesis.

Kusum received NSF funding to study tropical montane forest in Borneo. Read more about the project here.

Jackson successfully defended his thesis. Congratulations!

He will start Medical School in fall 2016. Our best wishes for your future!

We welcomed Caroline in the group. She will work on her senior thesis.

We welcomed Elizabeth in the group. She will work on rice project for her honors thesis.

Kusum received the Faculty Equipment and Technology Grant from the Honors College.

JB presented model transferability work at ESA in Portland.

Jackson and Kusum received Honors College Research Grant to study rice genotypes. Read more about the project here.

Jackson received the Louise Russert-Kraemer Endowed in Biological Sciences scholarship. Congratulations!

Kusum presented rice project work at the Plant and Animal Genome meeting in SanDiego.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2017!

JB, Jackson, Maddy and Kusum are presenting at the fall meeting of AGU.

Maddy received REU Travel Grant. Congratulations!

Maddy presented her summer research project at Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Conference and at REU Expo at the University of Arkansas. She received 3rd place in poster presentation and returned home after spending a successful summer in Fayetteville. We wish you well for your future success.

Jack, Marty and Kusum received funding from BASF Co. for working on monarch butterfly habitat restoration. See Arkansas Newswire.

(Maddy) joined the group as an NSF-REU student to work on the Rice Project.

Zach left UofA to focus on his health and work with animals. Our best wishes for your future!

Carly successfully defended her thesis and graduated magna cum laude. Congratulations!

She is starting Dental School in fall 2016. Our best wishes for your future!

Jackson received the Honors College Research and Travel Grants and Kusum received the Honors College Mentor's Award for the rice project. Congratulations!


Kusum received outstanding mentor award from UofA's Office of Nationally Competitive Awards for mentoring Carly Konzelman. Congratulations!


Our recent work shows that interpretation of nutrient limitation in grasslands is dependent on the grain used to measure grass response and that herbivory had a secondary effect.

Our recent work shows that orchard environment and crop management practices significantly influenced codling moth flight phenology.

Our recent work shows that landscape metrics can be utilized to predict wetland microbial communities.

Carly received Honors College Travel Grant for presenting her work at a research conference. Congratulations!

Bhaskar moved to NC State for a new position to work on land atmosphere interaction. Our best wishes for your future success!

Jackson Massanelli joined the group as honors undergraduate researcher.

Welcome Jackson!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2016!

Carly received SURF Grant from the AR Department of Higher Education. Congratulations!

Bhaskar and JB presented results at the fall meeting of AGU.

Our recent paper shows that plant phenology drives seasonal fluxes more than abiotic measurements.

JB and Kusum presented at 100th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

We welcome a new member, Zachary Starr into the group. Congratulations for receiving Doctoral Academy Fellowship!

Dan presented his summer research project at Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Conference and at REU Expo at the University of Arkansas. He returned home (Boston) after spending a hot (literally) and successful summer in Fayetteville. We wish you well for your future success.

Daniel (Dan) Bereznyakov joined the group as NSF-REU student for the summer.

Carly received the Louise Russert-Kraemer award in Biological Sciences. Congratulations!

Nitogen Network

Our STEM Leadership workshop for middle school girls was a success!

Kusum was invited to present her carbon upscaling work at NACP and Ameriflux PI meeting in Washington DC.

Carly Konzelman joined the group as an undergraduate honors student. She is working with Kusum on ReBUILD Project. Welcome to the group!

Dr. Jessica Moon (JB) joined the group as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Welcome to the group and U of A!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2015!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Dr. Bhaskar Mitra joined the lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Welcome to the group and UofA!

Kusum visited University of Wyoming for Women in STEM seminar

Kusum presented and taught a workshop at the Ecological Society of America Meeting.

Read our recent paper showing that common microhabitat preference and limited dispersal are the main drivers for rockcress spatial distribution.

Kusum joined UofA!

Two postdoctoral positions are available to work on biogeochemical cycling in natural and managed systems in northwest Arkansas region. Please apply online.

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