Job/Research Area: Ecosystem Ecology
Major Responsibilities/Research Interests: My research program examines how above- and below-ground processes are affected by both natural and anthropogenic disturbance. Four basic principles guide my research and these are: 1. soil organic matter (SOM) stability is an ecosystem trait that has spatial dependence; 2. SOM stability mediates nutrient bioavailability for plants and microbes; 3. disturbance is a stochastic ecosystem event, which causes temporal and spatial fluctuations in these ecosystem processes; 4. fire creates pyrogenic carbon which is an evolutionary cue and has long-term effects on soil biogeochemistry. Many research questions can be derived from these four basic principles. If this interests you, please see my lab web-site for opportunities.
Elementary aspects of soil formation, occurrence in natural landscapes, and classification, including basic morphological, physical, and chemical characteristics employed in the identification of soils. Introduction to soil mineralogy, water movement, reactivity, organic matter, and nutrient cycling for predicting soil performance in both managed and natural landscapes. Prerequisite: *30. CHEM 101 and (BIOL 208 or EAS 201) recommended.Fall Term 2021
Directed study in the multiple aspects of renewable resources. Open to fourth year or graduate students upon consent of instructor.Fall Term 2021