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

Sept. 2017: MS or PhD opportunity in tropical ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry

Congrats to the freshly minted Dr. Megan Nasto for a very successful Ph.D. and defense. Check out the latest paper from her dissertation in New Phytologist!

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!

We welcome Dr. Fiona Soper and Ms. Alanna Shaw to our team. Fiona started a postdoc in August, and Alanna is working on her MS degree on P cycling in tropical soil.

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!

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