Dr. Cory C. Cleveland joined the faculty at the University of Montana in 2007. He is an Assistant Professor of Terrestrial Biogeochemistry in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences in the College of Forestry and Conservation. He received his Ph.D. in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado in 2001, and did his post-doctoral work at INSTAAR: An Earth and Environmental Sciences Institute, a multi-disciplinary research institute in Boulder, CO. Dr. Cleveland also has an M.S. in Natural Resources (Forest Science) from Cornell University, and a B.A. in Physical Geography from the University of Colorado. His expertise is terrestrial ecosystem ecology and soil biogeochemistry, and he teaches Introductory Soil Science and other courses in soil ecology and biogeochemistry at UMT. In general, his research focuses on understanding the biotic and abiotic controls over terrestrial biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem processes.
Post-doctoral: INSTAAR: An Earth and Environmental Sciences Institute, Boulder, CO.
Ph.D.: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder CO(2001).
M.S.: Forest Science (Natural Resources), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (1997).
B.A.: Physical Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (1992).
Dr. Cleveland’s research intersects several major disciplines, including microbial ecology, biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology. The overall goal of his research is to understand how biotic and abiotic factors regulate element cycling in soil, the implications of those processes for ecosystem function, and the response of those phenomena to global environmental change. His most recent work focuses on understanding soil carbon cycling and nutrient dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems. However, he is also involved in a number of research projects, ranging from the understanding the links between biological diversity and ecosystem function, the effects of soil nutrient availability on a range of critical ecosystem processes, and the responses of terrestrial ecosystems to environmental change in tropical, temperate and high latitudes.