Department of Integrative Biology
3060 Valley Life Science Building
University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
Email: grgoldsmith [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Ecology: I am broadly interested in understanding how disturbance shapes plant community composition. My current research focuses on how climatic extremes have shaped tropical montane cloud forest plant communities. I am approaching this research through the lens of plant physiology, with an interest in scaling from small-scale processes to large-scale patterns.
Education: I believe we [scientists] have a responsibility to educate, communicate, and make our research available to a broader audience. My current education efforts are focused on a science educational media project entitled Canopy in the Clouds (www.canopyintheclouds.com), as well as serving as a director to the non-profit science education organization Ecology Project International (www.ecologyproject.org).
University of California Berkeley, Fall 2007- Advisor: Todd Dawson Doctoral Candidate in Integrative Biology
Bowdoin College, 2001-2005 Advisors: John Lichter and Lindsay Whitlow B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies
Organization for Tropical Studies, Fall 2004 Advisor: R.A. (Zak) Zahawi Semester Abroad in Tropical Biology
Asbjornsen, H., G.R. Goldsmith, M.S. Alvarado-Barrientos, K. Rebel, F.P. Van Osch, M. Rietkerk, J. Chen, S. Gotsch, C. Tobon, D.R. Geissert, A. Gomez-Tagle, K. Vache, & T.E. Dawson. 2011. Ecohydrological advances and applications in plant-water relations research: a review. Journal of Plant Ecology 4: 3-22.
West, A.G., G.R. Goldsmith, P.D. Brooks, & T.E. Dawson. 2010. Discrepancies between cavity ring-down spectroscopy and isotope ratio mass spectroscopy for the stable isotope analysis of plant and soil waters. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 24: 1948-1954
Douhovnikoff, V., G.R. Goldsmith, K.D. Tape, C. Huang, N. Sur, & M.S. Bret-Harte. 2010. Clonal diversity in an expanding community of arctic Salix spp. and a model for recruitment modes of arctic plants. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 42: 406-411.
Kahmen, A., K. Simonin, K. Tu, G.R. Goldsmith, & T.E. Dawson. 2009. The influence of species and growing conditions on the 18-O enrichment of leaf water and its impact on “effective path length.” New Phytologist 184: 619-630.
Comita, L.S., G.R. Goldsmith, & S.P. Hubbell. 2009. Intensive research activity alters short-term seedling dynamics in a tropical forest. Ecological Research 24: 225-230.
Bret-Harte, M.S., M.C. Mack, G.R. Goldsmith, D.B. Sloan, Z. Biesinger, G.R. Shaver, & F.S. Chapin III. 2008. Functional types do not predict response to species removal and fertilization in arctic tussock tundra. Journal of Ecology 96: 713-726 (Open Access).
A Little More About Canopy in the Clouds
Canopy in the Clouds uses innovative and immersive media from the perspective of a tropical montane cloud forest to serve as a platform for K-12 earth and life sciences. All materials on the site, including over 25 lesson plans using our media, are peer-reviewed and made available free of cost via our website (www.canopyintheclouds.com). Through a collaboration with the Tropical Science Center, we are releasing a Spanish language version of the website in April 2011. This launch includes a curriculum developed by the Omar Dengo Foundation that will be released through the Costa Rican Ministry of Education to public school teachers all over the country. The project is a collaboration started in 2008 with Drew Fulton and Colin Witherill thanks to funding from the National Geographic Society Young Explorers Program.
I am grateful to the following organizations for supporting my research and education efforts: National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution, Tropical Science Center, UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies, Explorers Club, Organization for Tropical Studies, UC Berkeley Chapter of Sigma Xi, American Philosophical Society, Arctic Institute of North America, Freeman Foundation for Asian Studies, and the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative.
Ecological Society of America American Geophysical Union Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation National Science Teachers Association Sigma Xi Science Research Society
Plant Pressure-Volume Curves
Plant pressure-volume curves are a critical tool in assessing plant-water relations. There is a plethora of resources available on the topic, including a great analysis tool developed by Kevin Tu and Elizabeth Wenk available at: www.landflux.org. However, one of the most difficult aspects of building P-V curves is real time assessment of your progress (i.e. has the plant sample lost turgor?). I have built a rough, first generation tool that I use to help me decide the frequency with which I need to measure the sample and when I have reached the turgor loss point.
V1: Uploaded in 2011.
V2: Uploaded in 2013 with improvements from Cameron Williams.
Please feel free to download and use....send me an email if you have questions or suggestions for improvements:
Updated: 20 Jan 13