swirlThanks for visiting! Here, you will find information about my research program in plant physiological and ecosystem ecology. My research focuses on understanding how global change, disturbance, and ecological succession affect plant and ecosystem function, with an emphasis on the carbon cycle.

I am recruiting graduate students to conduct Department of Energy and National Science Foundation supported research at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS). Opportunities are now available to conduct related work at VCU's field station: The VCU Rice Center. Please contact me if interested.


January, 2014
: Dr. Neubauer and I received an award from the University on behalf of the Life Sciences program to purchase a carbon dioxide and methane eddy-flux tower that will be installed in the Rice Center's restored wetland. This will offer a great platform for new research and student opportunities. Stay tuned!

November, 2013: Our group, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Michigan, received an NSF Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) grant to study the mechanisms controlling carbon storage over the course of ecological succession.

August, 2013: The UMBS carbon cycling research site was selected as a core research location by the Department of Energy, ensuring long-term support for our research program!

"The main goal of the federally funded Forest Accelerated Succession Experiment (FASET) is to determine how much heat-trapping carbon dioxide forests of the Upper Midwest will remove from the air in coming decades. Trees can help offset human-caused climate warming, and scientists want to know how big a role these particular forests will play."

-University of Michigan Press Release (Full article here )

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We use meteorological towers (left) and ecological methods to estimate how much carbon forests takes up and releases. Virginia Commonwealth University is a partner in this long-term research, which is supported by the Department of Energy. A new National Science Foundation grant provides research to investigate how ecological succession affects forest carbon cycling processes.

Chris Gough 2013, Updated January 3, 2014| cmgough@vcu.edu