Chris Gough's Group
for visiting! Here, you will find information about our
research in plant physiological and ecosystem
ecology. Our emphasis is on understanding
how global change, disturbance, and ecological succession
affect plant and ecosystem function, with a focus on forest
carbon cycling. Work more recently extends into urban and
I am seeking student collaborators
to conduct Department
of Energy and National
Science Foundation supported research at the University
of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS), and
similar work at VCU's field station, The Rice
2014: We seek a Ph.D. student to join an
interdisciplinary team of researchers initiating a project
centered on eddy-covariance based flux measurements of carbon
dioxide, methane, water, and energy in a restored tidal
freshwater wetland (www.vcu.edu/rice).
The student will be co-advised by Drs. Crawford, Neubauer, and
Gough, and receive a degree through VCU's Ph.D. Integrative
Life Sciences Program (www.vcu.edu/lifesci/phd/index).
Please contact Chris
2014: Ellen Goodrich-Stuart successfully defended
her M.S. thesis. Congratulations Ellen! Stay tuned for a
forthcoming manuscript from Ellen.
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
2013: The UMBS carbon cycling research site
was selected as an Amerflux
core research location by the Department of Energy, ensuring
long-term support for our research program! See:
"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