Verity G. Salmon

Verity G Salmon

R & D Staff

Verity G. Salmon is an R&D Staff member working within the Biological and Environmental Systems Science Directorate and the Climate Change Science Institute at ORNL. Her research on the NGEE Arctic and SPRUCE projects focuses on nutrient cycling in warming ecosystems. She received her BA in Biology from Boston University in 2009 and competed her PhD at the University of Florida in 2016. 

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Rodenhizer H, Natali SM, Mauritz M, Taylor M, Celis G, Kadej S, Kelley A, Lathrop E, Ledman J, Pegoraro E, Salmon VG, Schädel C, See C, Webb E, and Schuur EAG. 2023. Abrupt Permafrost Thaw Drives Spatially Heterogeneous Soil Moisture and Carbon Dioxide Fluxes in Upland Tundra. Global Change Biology. DOI pending

Conroy N, Heikoop J, Lathrop E, Musa D, Newman B, Xu C, McCaully R, Ardent C, Salmon VG, Romanovsky V, Bennett K, Wilson C, and Wullschleger S. 2023. Environmental Controls on Observed Spatial Variability of Soil Pore Water Geochemistry in Small Headwater Catchments Underlain with Permafrost. The Cryosphere. DOI pending

Taş N, Conejo N, & Salmon VG. 2023. Metagenomes and Metagenome-Assembled Genome Sequences from Nitrogen-Fixing Alder Nodules. Microbiology Resource Announcements, 12(5), e01266-22.

CC Cleveland, Reis CRG, Perakis SS, Dynarski KA, Batterman SA, Crews TE, Gei M, Gundale MJ, Menge DNL, Peoples MB, Reed SC, Salmon VG, Soper FM, Taylor BN, Turner MG, and Wurzburger N. 2022. Exploring the role of cryptic nitrogen fixers in terrestrial ecosystems: An important frontier in N cycling research. Ecosystems.

EAG Schuur, Abbott B, Commane R, Ernakovitch J, Euskirchen E, Hugelius G, Grosse G, Jones M, Koven C, Leshyk V, Lawrence D, Loranty M, Maurtiz M, Olefeldt D, Natali S, Rodenhizer H, Salmon VG, Schädel, Strauss J, Treat C, and Turestky M. 2022. Permafrost and Climate Change: Carbon Cycle Feedbacks from a Warming Arctic. Annual Review of Environment and Resources.

BW Abbott, Brown M, Carey JC, Ernakovich J, Frederick JM, Guo L, Hugelius G, Lee RM, Loranty MM, Macdonald R, Mann PJ, Natali, SM, Olefeldt D, Pearson P, Rec A, Robards M, Salmon, VG, Sayedi SS, Schädel C, … Zolkos S. 2022. We Must Stop Fossil Fuel Emissions to Protect Permafrost Ecosystems. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 10.

McCaully RE, Arendt C, Newman BD, Salmon VG, Heikoop JM, Wilson CJ, Sevanto S, Wales NA, Perkins GB, Marina OC, Wullschleger SD. 2022. High nitrate variability on an Alaskan permafrost hillslope dominated by alder shrubs. The Cryosphere.

Iversen CM, Latimer J, Brice DJ, Childs J, Vander Stel HM, Defrenne CE, Graham J, Griffiths NA, Malhotra A, Norby RJ, Oleheiser KC, Phillips JR, Salmon VG, Sebestyen SD, Yang X, Hanson PJ. 2022. Whole-Ecosystem Warming Increases Plant-Available Nitrogen and Phosphorus in an Ombrotrophic Bog. Ecosystems.

Freschet GT, Pagès L, Iversen CM, Comas LH, Rewald B, Roumet C, Klimešová J, Zadworny M, Poorter H, Postma JA, Adams TS, Bagniewska-Zadworna A, Blancaflor EB, Brunner I, Cornelissen JHC, Garnier E, Gessler A, Hobbie SE, Lambers H, Meier IC, Mommer L, Picon-Cochard C, Rose L, Ryser P, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Soudzilovskaia NA, Stokes A, Sun T, Valverde-Barrantes OJ, Weemstra M, Weigelt A, Wurzburger N, York LM, Batterman SA, Bengough AG, Gomes de Moraes M, Janeček Š, Salmon VG, Tharayil N & McCormack ML. 2021. A starting guide to root ecology: strengthening ecological concepts and standardizing root classification, sampling, processing and trait measurements. New Phytologist.

Euskirchen ES, Serbin SP, Carman TB, Fraterrigo JM, Genet H, Iversen CM, Salmon VG, McGuire AD. 2021. Assessing Dynamic Vegetation Model Parameter Uncertainty Across Alaskan Arctic Tundra Plant Communities. Ecological Applications.

Yang D, Morrison BD, Hantson W, Breen AL, McMahon A, Li Q, Salmon VG, Hayes DJ, Serbin SP. 2021. Landscape-scale characterization of Arctic tundra vegetation composition, structure, and function with a multi-sensor unoccupied aerial system. Environmental Research Letters, 16(8),

Salmon VG, Brice DJ, Bridgham S, Childs J, Graham J, Griffiths NA, Hofmockel K, Iversen CM, Jicha TM, Kolka RK, Kostka J, Malhotra A, Norby RJ, Phillips JR, Ricciuto DR, Schadt CW, Sebestyen SD, Shi X, Walker AP, Warren JM, Weston DJ, Yang X, Hanson PJ. 2021. Nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in an ombrotrophic peatland: A benchmark for assessing change. Plant Soil.

Sulman BN, Salmon VG, Iversen CM, Breen A, Yuan F, Thornton P. 2021. Integrating new Arctic plant functional types in a land surface model by leveraging above- and belowground field observations. JAMES

Mekonnen ZA, Riley WJ, Grant RF, Salmon VG, Iversen CM, Biraud S, Breen AL, Lara MJ. 2021. Topographical controls on hillslope-scale hydrology drive shrub distributions on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

Rocha A, Appel R, Bret-Harte MS, Euskirchen E, Salmon VG, Shaver G. 2021. Solar position confounds the relationship between ecosystem function and vegetation indices derived from solar and photosynthetically active radiation fluxes. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

Kropp H, Loranty MM, Natali SM, Kholodov AL, Rocha AV, Myers-Smith I, Abermann J, Blanc-Betes E, Blok D, Blume-Werry G, Boike J, Breen AL, Cahoon SMP, Christiansen CT, Douglas TA, Epstein HE, Frost GV, Goeckede M, Høye TT, Mamet SD, O'Donnell JA, Olefeldt D, Phoenix GK, Salmon VG, Sannel ABK, Smith SL, Sonnentag O, Vaughn LS, Williams M, Elberling B, Gough L, Hjort J, Lafleur PM, Euskirchen ES, Heijmans MMPD, Humphreys ER, Iwata H, Jones BM, Jorgenson MT, Grünberg I, Kim Y, Laundre J, Mauritz M, Michelsen A, Schaepman-Strub G, Tape KD, Ueyama M, Lee B-Y, Langley K, Lund M. 2020. Shallow soils are warmer under trees and tall shrubs across Arctic and Boreal ecosystems. Environmental Research Letters

Yang D, Meng R, Morrison BD, McMahon A, Hantson W, Hayes DJ, Breen AL, Salmon VG, Serbin SP. 2020. A Multi-Sensor Unoccupied Aerial System Improves Characterization of Vegetation Composition and Canopy Properties in the Arctic Tundra. Remote Sensing

Salmon VG, Breen AL, Kumar J, Lara MJ, Thornton PE, Wullschleger SD, Iversen CM. 2019. Alder Distribution and Expansion Across a Tundra Hillslope: Implications for Local N Cycling. Frontiers in Plant Science

Plaza C, Pegoraro E, Bracho R, Celis G, Crummer K, Hutchings J, Hicks Pries C, Mauritz M, Natali SM, Salmon VG, Schädel C, Webb E, Schuur EAG. 2019. Direct observation of permafrost degradation and rapid soil carbon loss in tundra. Nature Geoscience.

van Gestel NC, Natali SM, Andriuzzi WS, Chapin FS, Ludwig S, Moore JC,  Pressler Y, Salmon VG, Schuur EAG, Simpson R, Wall DH. 2019. Chapter 15 “Long-term warming research in high-latitude ecosystems: Responses from polar ecosystems and implications for future climate.” In J. E. Mohan (Ed.), Ecosystem Consequences of Soil Warming: Microbes, Vegetation, Fauna and Soil Biogeochemistry. Academic Press.

Mauritz M, Celis G, Ebert C, Hutchings J, Ledman J, Natali SM, Pegoraro E, Salmon VG, Schädel C , Taylor M, Schuur EAG. 2018. Using Stable Carbon Isotopes of Seasonal Ecosystem Respiration to Determine Permafrost Carbon Loss. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

Schädel C, Koven C, Lawrence DM, Celis G, Garnello AJ, Hutchings J, Mauritz M, Natali SM, Pegoraro E, Rodenhizer H, Salmon VG, Taylor M, Webb EE, Wieder WR, Schuur EAG. 2018. Divergent patterns of experimental and model-derived permafrost ecosystem carbon dynamics in response to Arctic warming. Environmental Research Letters

Salmon VG, Schädel C, Bracho R, Pegoraro E, Celis G, Mauritz M, Mack MC, Schuur EAG. 2018. Adding depth to our understanding of nitrogen dynamics in permafrost soils. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

Liang J, Xia J, Shi Z, Jiang L, Ma S, Lu X, Mauritz M, Natali SM, Pegoraro E, Penton CR, Plaza C, Salmon VG, Celis G, Cole JR, Konstantinidis KT, Tiedje JM, Zhou J, Schuur EAG, and Luo Y. 2018. Biotic responses buffer warming-induced soil organic carbon loss in Arctic tundra. Global Change Biology

Celis G, Mauritz M, Bracho R, Salmon VG, Webb EE, Hutchings JA, Natali SM, Schädel C, Crummer KG, Schuur EAG. 2017. Tundra is a consistent source of CO2 at a site with progressive permafrost thaw during 6 years of chamber and eddy covariance measurements. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

Mauritz M, Bracho R, Celis G, Hutchings JA, Natali SM, Pegoraro E, Salmon VG, Schädel C, Webb EE, Schuur EAG. 2017. Non-linear CO2 flux response to seven years of experimentally induced permafrost thaw. Global Change Biology

Salmon VG, Soucy P, Mauritz M, Celis G, Natali SM, Mack MC, Schuur EAG. 2016. Nitrogen availability increases in a tundra ecosystem during five years of experimental permafrost thaw. Global Change Biology

Deane-Coe KK, Mauritz M, Celis G, Salmon VG, Crummer KG, Natali SM, Schuur EAG. 2015. Experimental Warming Alters Productivity and Isotopic Signatures of Tundra Mosses. Ecosystems

Natali SM, Schuur EAG, Mauritz M, Schade JD, Celis G, Crummer KG, Johnston C, Krapek J, Pegoraro E, Salmon VG, Webb EE. 2015. Permafrost thaw and soil moisture driving CO2 and CH4 release from upland tundra. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

Shaver GR, Rastetter EB, Salmon VG, Street LE, van de Weg MJ, Rocha A, van Wijk MT, Williams M. 2013. Pan-Arctic modelling of net ecosystem exchange of CO2. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

van de Weg MJ, Shaver GR, Salmon VG. 2013. Contrasting effects of long term versus short-term nitrogen addition on photosynthesis and respiration in the Arctic. Plant Ecology