for visiting. Here, you will find in-depth information about
my research program in plant physiological and
ecosystem ecology. My research is focused on
understanding how global change affects plant and ecosystem
I am presently recruiting graduate students to conduct Department
of Energy supported forest ecology research
at the University
of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS).
Graduate investigators will join a multi-institution team of
researchers. Resources are available for students to engage in
summer research activities at UMBS and present their findings
at scientific meetings. Please contact
me if interested.
"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 )
In Michigan, we use meteorological
towers (left) together with ecological methods to estimate
how much carbon the forest takes up and releases over time
and space. Virginia Commonwealth University is a partner in
this long-term research, which is supported by the Department