Welcome to the Ignace Lab!

We are broadly trained ecophysiologists studying the world’s most pressing environmental problems. Our goal is to answer one question: How does global change affect ecosystem function? 



Meet the Ignace Lab

The Ignace Lab is growing and we always welcome new members. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for videos.

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Ignace Lab PODCAST

The lab hosts several podcast series, including Bio Banter and Cool People I Know. Check back regularly for our podcast series.


Lab News & Announcements

Our new YouTube Channel is live!

Be sure to check out Ignace Lab on YouTube for new science communication videos. YouTube ➔

First video: A teaser trailer for our new summer video series.

Check out a day in the field measuring photosynthesis at Harvard Forest featuring Lony. Lony is doing a stellar job for their REU project and makes this all look easy. Enjoy!

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Congratulations to Maddy Meadows-McDonnell!

Maddy was awarded by the NSF GRFP! Maddy starts her PhD at the University of Connecticut in the Natural Resources and the Environment Program this fall. Her work will address how shifts in salt marsh plant species dominance associated with human activities alter patterns of carbon sequestration and the stability of soil organic matter.

New collaboration for summer 2019

The Ignace Lab has a new project at Harvard Forest: “The future of the Harvard Forest - Tree seedlings of Prospect Hill”. I will be mentoring REU students along with collaborators from Bryn Mawr College, Wellesley College, Darthmouth College, and UC Davis.

Read the project summary on the Harvard Forest website ➔

The lab is growing!

The Ignace Lab has six new students! Stay tuned for updates on their projects and profiles.

Our research featured in the Gazette!

Read the article in the Gazette

Recent Talks

03/21/19 “Finding your voice and resiliency as a woman of color in STEM” STEMPOC Speaker Series at Mount Holyoke, South Hadley, MA 01075

11/12/18 “From deserts to temperate forests: Understanding how invasive species affect ecosystem function” Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Latest Publication

Decline of a foundation tree species due to invasive insects will trigger net release of soil organic carbon

Read the full published article in Ecosphere