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

New drylands specialty section open for submissions in Frontiers in Environmental Science

August 06 2021

Frontiers in Environmental Sciences have launched a new specialty section “Drylands” with Niall Hanan, and several Savanna Lab members and colleagues from around the world serving on the Editorial Board. The Drylands section brings together interdisciplinary research focused on global drylands, including tropical and temperate, high latitude and high elevation deserts, savannas, grasslands and related arid, semi-arid and drought-seasonal environments.

New SavannaLab paper on "how to learn form machine learning"

August 06 2021

Use MachineLearning and find it challenging to derive the underlying functional relationships from the "black boxes"? Check out our new research led by Qiuyan Yu in Methods in Ecology and Evoloution "Study becomes insight: Ecological learning from machine learning" (article link).