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Recent News

Cory is on sabbatical until August 2015.

We are seeking one new postdoc to study C and nutrient cycling in tropical forest

Megan's first, first-authored paper on N fixation and P acquisition in tropical forest trees accepted for publication in Ecology Letters!

Check out Ben Sullivan's new paper on N fixation in PNAS!

Lab postdocs Ben Sullivan and Silvia Alvarez-Clare land faculty positions! Congratulations, Ben & Silvia!

Cory is a contributing author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

NCEAS Project explores primary production and nutrient limitation in tropical forests


Cory Cleveland
Associate Professor
(406) 243-6018

Dr. William Kolby Smith (Billy)
Postdoctoral Researcher

Megan Nasto
PhD Student

Sarah Caste Sarah Castle
PhD Student
Peter Peter Ganzlin
MS Student
Lab Alumni
Silvia Dr. Silvia Alvarez-Clare
Postdoc 2012 - 2104
Ben S.

Dr. Benjamin Sullivan
Postdoc 2012 - 2014
Now at U Nevada Reno

Sasha Dr. Sasha Reed
Ph.D. 2009 (U Colorado)
"Scaling from molecules to ecosystems: Exploring controls over free-living nitrogen fixation in terrestrial ecosystems"
Postdoc 2009 - 2011 (U Montana)
Now at USGS;
Dr. Will Wieder
Ph.D. 2012 (U Colorado)
"Interactions of climate, carbon and nutrient cycling in wet tropical forest"
Now at NCAR
Dr. Phil Taylor
Ph.D. 2013 (U Colorado)
"Biogeochemical couplings among earth's ecosystems" A focus on old-growth tropical rain forests"
Now at U Colorado
Megan Keville
MS 2011
"Impact of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreak on biogeochemical cycling in a high elevation whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) ecosystem"
Adrienne Keller
MS 2011
"Effects of canopy tree species diversity on belowground biogeochemistry in a wet lowland tropical forest"
Now at Indiana U
Kali Pennick
MS 2012
"Factors influencing the distribution of late-seral woody species along the upper Missouri River in central Montana"
Jon Leff
MS 2011
"Experimental litterfall manipulation effects on soil bacterial community structure and soil carbon cycling in a wet tropical forest"
Now at U Colorado
Heath Carey
MS 2010
"Redefining dilution: An alternative to traditional wastewater treatment"
Jason Aylward
Lab Manager (2010 - 2011)
Now at U Mass Amherst
Alexandra Ginter
Undergraduate Researcher
2011- 2014
Emily Prag
Undergraduate Researcher

Friends and Collaborators

Many of our research projects are done in collaboration with other groups. Several of our closest collaborators are listed below. Please visit their web sites for more information.

University of Montana

Dr. Solomon Dobrowski (CFC)
Dr. John Maron (DBS)
Dr. Ray Callaway (DBS)
Dr. Kelsey Jencso (CFC)
Dr. Ashley Ballantyne (CFC)

Beyond UM

Dr. Stuart Grandy (U New Hampshire)
Dr. Alan Townsend (U Colorado)
Dr. Diana Nemergut (U Colorado)
Dr. Stephen Porder (Brown University)
Dr. Benjamin Houlton (UC Davis)
Dr. Noah Fierer (U Colorado)
Dr. Sasha Reed (USGS)
Dr. Greg Asner (Carnegie Institute)
Dr. William Wieder (NCAR)
Dr. Ylva Lekberg (MPG Ranch)

Updated 12/31/13


For questions about the research we do, or for information about opportunities in the lab, please contact me directly.

Cory Cleveland, Associate Professor
Department of Ecosystem & Conservation Sciences
College of Forestry & Conservation
CHCB 423/32 Campus Drive
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812

Phone: 406-243-6018 | Fax: 406-243-6656
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