Peter E Thornton

Peter E Thornton

Distinguished R&D Staff

Bio

Peter Thornton studies the interactions of land ecosystems with all other components of the Earth's climate system, including land-atmosphere feedbacks and interactions with human systems. A special focus of his research is the coupling of carbon, water, and energy cycles with the biotic and abiotic cycling of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus which limit growth and metabolism of plants and microbes. Dr. Thornton is a scientist in the Climate Change Science Institute and the Environmental Sciences Division, and has been a member of the scientific staff at ORNL since 2008.