Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology Lab

We are interested in how terrestrial ecosystems function, how they are being affected by human activities, and the consequences of environmental change for both humans and the ecosystems that we depend on.

Work in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology Lab spans a wide range of disciplines from soil biogeochemistry to microbial ecology and ecosystem science, and our projects vary in scale from plot-level studies investigating the effects of disturbance and global change on ecosystem processes to large-scale analyses of the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus.

For more information on the work we do, feel free to browse around. If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

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Recent News

Fiona's recent "accidental science" paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society on N2O emissions by leafcutter ants has been covered by Science and New Scientist. Her research really highlights the importance (and complexity) of biogeochemical processes. Just cool, facsinating research led by Fiona.

Cory is honored to have been named a "Highly Cited Researcher" in 2018 for multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.

We are happy to announce a new Research Coordination Network. INCyTE will investigate Nutrient Cycling in Terrestrial Ecosystems with a focus on merging perspectives from the experimental and modeling communities. 

We are recruiting an MS student to work on nitrogen fixation in northwest forests. See the "Opportunities" page for more info, and come work in Montana with us!

Fiona has been on fire recently. One new paper in Ecology showing that remotely sensed canopy N predicts N2O emissions in tropical forest and another in the Journal of Ecology showing that plant nutrient demand does not predict P acquisition strategies in a number of tropical forest tree species. Visit our "Publications" page for citations and links. And way to go, Fiona!

Cory has been selected as a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America!

We are happy to see two good friends making a big difference. Former Ph.D. student Dr. Sarah Castle has launched a cool new non-profit called The Cairn Project, and Dr. Phil Taylor is making a huge splash with his new startup Mad Agriculture! We wish you both all the best with these exciting, bold projects!