New MS student Peter Ganzlin joins the lab, studying long-term effects of forest restoration treatments on ecosystem function. Welcome, Peter!
Former students Adrienne Keller and Megan Keville publish their thesis work in Soil Biology & Biochemistry and PLoS ONE, respectively. Nice job Adrienne and Megan!
I am currently seeking one new Ph.D. student interested in studying tropical ecosystem biogeochemistry to begin in the spring of 2014. For more info, please click HERE.
I am now a member of UM's new Systems Ecology Graduate degree program. Learn more about student opportunities in the program HERE.
Biogeochemistry in Northwestern US Forests
As a result of human activities, forests throughout the world have undergone wholesale ecological changes, and in some cases these changes represent shifts from "natural" stable states to alternative stable states that may be permanent. This is particularly true in the inland forests of the Pacific Northwest, where decades of timber extraction, fire suppression, insect outbreaks, disease, and now climate and atmospheric change have significantly altered both forest ecosystem structure and function.
In collaboration with others in the College of Forestry, I am currently developing several research projects investigating the effects such changes in forest structure and composition on ecosystem function, and how forest restoration treatments - designed to emulate pre-settlement aboveground stand structure and fire regimes - impact carbon and nutrient cycling in mixed coniferous forests. I am regularly looking for graduate students to conduct independent research projects investigating: 1) the causes and consequences of disturbance induced environmental change in forested ecosystesm; or 2) the effects of forest restoration treatments on soil biogeochemical processes (for more information on this work, click here). Prospective students interested in either of these projects should email me for more information.
Whitebark pine "skeleton"
For questions about the research we do, or for information about opportunities in the lab, please contact me directly.
Phone: 406-243-6018 | Fax: 406-243-6656