Our lab was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to work on the interaction between disturbance regimes (by fire) and winter climate change on grassland and savanna plant communities in Wisconsin. We are combining long-term observations of community change across the state of Wisconsin with controlled field experiments to determine the past and future impacts of winter climate change (see winter climate change page for further details). We will also be asking how to improve undergraduate student learning related to these topics and minimize the achievement gap.