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

Lab Ph.D. candidate Megan Nasto was recently awarded an NSF-DDIG and a Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Fellowship for her work on plant-soil-microbe interactions in tropical forests, and a Bright Memorial Scholarship from the University of Montana. Way to go, Megan!

We are happy to welcome Ms. Alanna Shaw to our team. Alanna will begin working on her MS degree on P cycling this summer.

Lab and collaborators from U Colorado and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute receive ~$800k to study plant nutrient acquisition in Panamanian tropical forests.

Former lab MS student Peter Ganzlin's paper on the effects of forest restoration on soil nutrients has been accepted to Ecological Applications!

And now for something completely different: How will rural western US communities adapt to climate change? A very fun and interesting collaboration among natural and social scientists.