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

We are recruiting a postdoc to work on our new INCyTE and other lab projects. Please email Cory directly for more information.

We are happy to welcome Jasper Romero to the lab! Jasper will be starting an M.S. degree in Systems Ecology in the fall, working on N fixation in forest ecosystems.

Former lab folks have published some cool new papers recently, all in Ecology. Ben Sullivan led a paper on recovery of tropical nutrient cycles following disturbance in tropical forest, Megan Nasto led a study about plant nutrient acquisition under elevated CO2 in tropical trees, and Cory co-authored a study showing variation in carbon uptake, allocation, and storage between Neotropical and Paleotropical forests.

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.