Cory Cleveland

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Cory Cleveland

Professor of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology


Personal Summary

I joined the faculty at the University of Montana in 2007. I am currently an Associate Professor of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences in the College of Forestry and Conservation. I received my Ph.D. in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado in 2001, and did my post-doctoral research at the Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research (INSTAAR) a multi-disciplinary research institute in Boulder, CO. I also hold an M.S. in Natural Resources (Forest Science) from Cornell University, and a B.A. in Physical Geography from the University of Colorado. My expertise is in terrestrial ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, and I teach courses in soil science, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry and climate change science at UM. My research focuses on understanding the biotic and abiotic controls on ecosystem processes.


Post-doctoral: Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research (INSTAAR), Boulder, CO (2001 - 2007)

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)

Research Interests

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.

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