We study how global changes alter ecosystems, whether these alterations will feed back to further impact global change, and what this means for humans.
We combine quantitative modeling and experimental methods to address these complex questions, with a focus on identifying the mechanisms underlying ecosystem processes.
The effects of anthropogenic changes are widespread and diverse, so we work in a variety of environments including grasslands, forests and agriculture.
Updates and News
Summer 2015 PhD Opportunity: Agricultural ecosystem services and climate change resilience. As climate changes increasingly affect agricultural regions and landscapes, farmers and policy makers are challenged by how to best address climate change mitigation and adaptation. Within this interdisciplinary project, I am seeking a motivated student to quantify and model agricultural services (water purification, climate mitigation) from conventional and alternative agricultural management systems. More information here.
Check out PhD student, Stephanie Juice's report on climate change impacts on sugar maple phenology for the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative here!
Welcome to Adam Noel! Starting in Fall 2015, Adam will be developing dissertation projects focusing on how climate change, via its impacts on microbial communities and processes, alter forest nutrient fluxes and forest ecosystem services (e.g. water purification and carbon storage).
Feeling depressed about climate change? Check out positive climate change-related developments on my climate change course's blog Climate Optimism.
Many thanks to our 2014 summer undergraduate EPSCoR interns Emily Whalen, Marissa Goodwin, and Rachel Markey! Amazing work this summer on forest warming phenology and biogeochemistry and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Also congrats on excellent posters at the 2015 EPSCoR Student Research Symposium!
Congrats to PhD student Stephanie Juice on her NSF GRFP!
Our session on the "Agricultural Resiliency in a Changing Climate" panel at the Northeast Organic Farming Assoc of VT (NOFA) winter conference made the local news!
Carol gave a seminar on "Carbon fluxes and feedbacks in a changing world" for the Biology Department at UVM on January 28, 2013.
New paper in PLoS ONE on modeling decomposition. The R code for performing a beta regression can also be found here.
Check out our review of photodecomposition in Biogeochemistry here.