Ecosystem Science

Ecosystem Science

The Ecosystem Science Group conducts fundamental research to develop an understanding of mechanisms of terrestrial response to environmental change at multiple scales for the projection of the fate and function of terrestrial biomes in the future.

Ecosystem Science


The Sphagnome Project: enabling ecological and evolutionary insights through a genus-level sequencing project

Considerable progress has been made in ecological and evolutionary genetics with studies demonstrating how genes underlying plant and microbial traits can influence adaptation and even ‘extend’ to...

Root and Phizosphere Bacterial Phosphatase Activity Varies with Tree Species and Soil Phosphorus Availability in Puerto Rico Tropical Forest

Climatic conditions in tropical forests combined with the immobility of phosphorus due to sorption on mineral surfaces or result in soils typically lacking in the form of phosphorus (orthophosphate)...

Networking our science to characterize the state, vulnerabilities, and management opportunities of soil organic matter

Soil organic matter (SOM) supports the Earth's ability to sustain terrestrial ecosystems, provide food and fiber, and retains the largest pool of actively cycling carbon. Over 75% of the soil organic...

Capabilities & Research Areas

The Ecosystem Science Group conducts research to understand and predict environmental change impacts on carbon, water and nutrient cycles of terrestrial ecosystems and their feedbacks to climate and how changes in ecosystem structure and land use alter those biogeochemical feedbacks. It designs, constructs and operates targeted, large-scale, field experiments to predict vulnerability of terrestrial ecological systems to projected changes in climate and atmospheric composition and how those responses might alter both the delivery of ecosystem goods and services to society. Knowledge obtained from observations and experiments is used to reduce or eliminate critical uncertainties, and to identify and fill gaps in the representation of fundamental processes within existing ecological model at multiple scales.


Hanson Portrait Dec 2015

Paul J Hanson

Corporate Fellow and Group Leader

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