We study how humans 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.
Human impacts on ecosystems are widespread and diverse, so we work in a variety of environments including grasslands, forests and agriculture.
Updates and News
New publication in Ecology Letters on when and how much diversity matters for forest carbon storage: "Ecosystem context illuminates conflicting roles of plant diversity in carbon storage."
Congratulations to Lindsay Barbieri on her Switzer Fellowship!
Congratulations to Kyle Dittmer on his NE SARE Graduate Student Grant!
Stephanie Juice will be giving a talk on how warming winters and reduced snow pack influence nutrient losses at ESA in New Orleans on 8/9/18.
Carol will be giving a talk on how warm winters may interact with agricultural management to increase N2O fluxes at ESA in New Orleans on 8/9/18.
Our Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) research featured in a 3 part PBS special "Saving Our Waters".
New paper on modeling photodegradation in dryland systems in Ecosphere here.
Our research on the impacts of agricultural management on GHG emissions research featured in the NE Climate Hub's August newsletter! (pdf version here)
Welcome to new lab member Kyle Dittmer!
Thanks to the EPSCoR soils interns - a totally amazing crew!
Check out PhD student Bar Barbieri's blog post, "How to talk to the public about drones" here.
Thanks to our amazing summer interns - Colleen Yancy and Nicole Mehr! We wouldn't have survived the summer without you!
Congrats to Bar Barbieri on her UVM Graduate Student Senate "Most Innovative Research" award!
Welcome to our new summer interns Colleen Yancey and Nicole Mehr.
How does agricultural management impact water quality and GHG emissions? Check out our project on WCAX.
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.