The whole world is a savanna; forests and grasslands are just special cases.

Welcome! The Savanna Lab (lab members) at New Mexico State University studies the structure, function and ecology of arid ecosystems, including the shrublands and grasslands of the Northern Chihuahuan Desert, the grazing lands and savannas of Africa, and global temperate and tropical drought-seasonal systems (our research). Our research approaches traverse spatial and temporal scales, from detailed plot-based experimentation, to landscape-scale observations, to regional and global scale remote sensing and modeling. We are interested in fundamental ecological theory for arid ecosystem function, applications in grazing land sustainability and pastoral livelihoods, and implications for global biogeochemical cycles, climate change and land surface-climate interactions (our publications).

Savanna Lab News

We are hiring!

February 12 2021

We are looking for a postdoc research fellow to join us in remote sensing of vegetation in drylands. Detailed job annoucement here:

New Savanna Lab paper using satellite thermal data for vegetation monitoring

March 24 2021

Savanna Lab member Caroline Toth will defend her master’s research this afternoon, March 24 at 3 pm. Caroline is a graduate student in Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) and a Jornada Basin LTER Graduate Research Fellow. Good luck Caroline!

Title: “Weather, soil, and microbial interactions determine seed germination and seedling demographic bottlenecks in Chihuahuan Desert shrubs”

Date and Time: Wednesday March 24 @ 3 pm


Savanna Lab makes a 2020 top-10 list in Nature!

December 16 2020

Savanna Lab's Nature News and Views article, Satellites could soon map every tree on Earth, was listed among the “10 remarkable discoveries from 2020” by Nature.

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