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 paper: Woody-biomass projections and drivers of change in sub-Saharan Africa

May 06 2021

Hot off the press: Check out Savanna Lab's new paper in Nature Climate Change led by lab alumini Wade Ross examining socioenvironmental drivers of woody biomass in Africa (article link).

Master Thesis Defense

May 05 2021

Congratulations to Caroline Toth on her successful Master thesis defense titled “Weather, soil, and microbial interactions determine seed germination and seedling demographic bottlenecks in Chihuahuan Desert shrubs”! A recording of Caroline's defense can be viewed here: video link.