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, ecological succession, and
forest structure affect plant and ecosystem function, with a
focus on forest carbon cycling. Work more recently extends
into urban and wetland ecosystems.
I am seeking student and postdoc
collaborators to conduct Department
of Energy and National
Science Foundation supported research at VCU's
field station, the Rice
Center, the University
of Michigan Biological Station,
and NEON sites.
2015: Bob Fahey, Brady Hardiman, and I are thrilled
to be recommended for an NSF EAGER-NEON award that will use
the National Ecological Observatory Network to study forest
canopy structure-carbon cycling relationships. We will be
seeking a postdoc for this project; please contact me if
2015: Congratulations to Amy Schmid on the
successful defense of her MS thesis. Way to go Amy!
March 2015: The Ecology
paper describing Ellen's MS work is now posted as a pre-print:
2015: Congratulations to Ellen Goodrich-Stuart on two
fronts: acceptance of her M.S. thesis paper by the journal
Ecology and her admission into VCU's Integrative Life
Sciences PhD program. Great to have you back Ellen!
Janurary, 2015: Check out our recent publication on
modeled carbon cycling dynamics following moderate forest
October, 2014: We seek M.S. students to join our
research teams investigating carbon cycling at the University
of Michigan Biological Station and VCU's Rice Center. Please
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:
"Trees can help offset human-caused climate warming, and
scientists want to know how big a role forests will play."
-University of Michigan Press Release (Full
article here )
We use meteorological towers and ecological methods to
estimate how much carbon forests and wetlands take up and
release, and why. VCU is a partner in this research, which
is supported by the Department
of Energy and the
National Science Foundation.