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
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.
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 )
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