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.
The Sphagnome Project: enabling ecological and evolutionary insights through a genus-level sequencing project
Root and Phizosphere Bacterial Phosphatase Activity Varies with Tree Species and Soil Phosphorus Availability in Puerto Rico Tropical Forest
Networking our science to characterize the state, vulnerabilities, and management opportunities of soil organic matter
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.