Truman P. Young
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616
Room 2234, PES Building
Tel. (530) 754-9925
Fax (530) 752-1819
Recent lab news:
January 2014 Jen Balachowski begins her Fulbright Fellowship in Montpellier, France.
January 2014 Laura Morales returns from field work in the Andes.
January 2014 Derek Young begins his two-month IGERT internship to Central and South America.
January 2014 Marit Wilkerson begins her traveling fellowship to the University of Queensland, Australia.
January 2014 Kevin Welch receives additional support from USFS for the study of forest regeneration after fire.
December 2013 Video coverage of one of our controlled burns in KLEE is uploaded and available.
December 2013 Kristina Wolf is awarded a Milton D. and Mary M. Miller Plant Science Award.
December 2013 Kelly Gravuer is awarded a Foin Fellowship.
November 2013 Antony Kirigia's et al. paper on the Laikipia livestock manure market is published in the African Journal of Agricutural Research.
October 2013 Duncan Kimuyu et al. paper on controlled burns in KLEE is published online in Ecological Applications.
August 2013 Starry Sprenkle takes a job as Deputy Director of Programs, JP/Haitian Relief Organization.
August 2013 Duncan Kimuyu is awarded a $15,000 grant from IFS.
August 2013 Lab alumna Lauren Porensky takes a job as Research Ecologist with the ARS Rangeland Resources Research Unit in Fort Collins, Colorado.
June 2013 Lauren Porensky's review of interacting edges is published in Conservation Biology.
May 2013 Lab alumnus Wilfred Odadi is awarded a NatureNet Science Fellowship at The Nature Conservancy.
May 2013 Derek Young is awarded a National Park Service George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship!
Spring 2013 Mila Hickenbottom carries out field research in Baja on fire and Mexican forest with grants from USFS.
April 2013 Lauren Porensky and Corinna Riginos are co-authors on a paper published in Ecology based on their landscape-scale experiments.
April 2013 Lab alumna Corinna Riginos begins her position as Research Ecologist at the Conservation Research Center of Teton Science Schools.
Feb-Mar 2013 Ryan Sensenig and Duncan Kimuyu complete 18 controlled burns in the KLEE plots.
February 2013 Lauren Porensly, Corinna Riginos et al. publish a paper on KLEE vegetation in Ecological Applications.
January 2013 KLEE NSF grant is renewed for five more years!
OK, Back to Truman's stuff:
2003-present Professor and Restoration Ecologist, University of California, Davis
1996-2003 Lecturer, Assistant and Associate Professor, University of California, Davis
1992-96 Associate Professor, Fordham University
1981-91 Post-doc, Lecturer, Consultant, Scientific Director, peripatetic tropical ecologist
1976-81 University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.)
1972-75 University of Chicago (B.A.)
I have broad interests in plant population and community ecology, including 35 years of research in Africa. For the last 20 years, I have been involved with more applied research at the community and landscape scales in California and Kenya. My current research projects are related to the ecology, management, restoration, and conservation of human-dominated landscapes.
My current research focuses on the following projects:
- Contingency in restoration ecology: priority effects, year effects, and site efferct (PRYER)
- Livestock and biodiversity in an African savanna (KLEE)
Secondary (and past) research includes:
- Planting issues in ecological restoration
- The maintenance of biodiversity in a model system (ACACIA)
- The evolution of semelparity
I also collaborate with my wife, Lynne Isbell, in her studies of primate behavioral ecology. I provide a life history and plant ecological perspective to her explorations of how food and predation influence the evolution of mammalian behavior. (Behavioral ecology publications).
UC Davis Spotlight article on the KLEE exclosure project
Satellite view of the KLEE exclosure plots in Laikipia, Kenya, where we have been excluding various combinations of cattle, wildlife, and mega-herbivores (elephants and giraffes) from a savanna grassland since 1995. Each of the 18 plots is 200m x 200m. This is an NDVI layer of an image taken 20 June 2003 (Quickbird, via Digital Globe). Lighter areas are indicative of higher productivity. The larger white areas are anthropogenic glades, and the smaller white areas are low termite "mounds". Both are hot spots of soil fertility, plant productivity, and animal use.
Click on the image to enlarge and display in false color, where the high-productvity areas appear red.