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
Fall 2015 PhD Opportunity: Forest biogeochemistry & microbial ecology. I am seeking a highly qualified and motivated PhD student to develop 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). More information here.
Summer 2015 PhD Opportunity: Agricultural ecosystem services and climate change resilience. Within this interdisciplinary project, we are seeking a student to quantify and model carbon, nutrient and water fluxes from conventional and alternative agricultural management systems (pasture and cropland). This work will lead to estimates of potential agricultural ecosystem services including water purification, nutrient cycling, and climate regulation on a broader scale. More information here.
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.
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.