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June 28, 2020

Yanlan Liu has accepted an offer as assistant professor at The Ohio State University! She will have a joint appointment in the School of Earth Sciences and in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and will begin her new position in fall 2021. We are excited that Yanlan can stay with us a little longer before then. Congratulations, Yanlan!!

June 20, 2020

Natan will be using the NASA FINESST fellowship to continue his work analyzing field campaign results relating VOD and water potential as well as mapping the response of VOD to water status and biomass changes to improve predictions of how vegetation will respond to future drought. Congratulations, Natan!

June 8, 2020

Yanlan's work uses a MCMC model-data fusion system to demonstrate that the commonly used empirical semi-empirical stomatal conductance models are overly sensitive to soil moisture and compensate by not being sufficiently sensitive to VPD relative to a more physiologically accurate approach that incorporates plant hydraulics. Under high VPD conditions, which are becoming more common as droughts become hotter, this leads models without plant hydraulic to underestimate ET reductions. The paper can be read here.