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ProfessorDirector of the Biological Station
Office Location(s): 1029 / 1050 Kraus Natural Science Building
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I received my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. I began a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ecosystems Center of Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Massachusetts) in 1983. I worked as a Research Scientist at the MBL until June 2002 when I left to spend a year as co-Director of the National Science Foundation's Ecosystem Studies Program. I joined the Univeristy of Michigan as Director of the Biological Station in June 2003 and as Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in September 2003. I also served as Panel Manager for the USDA Ecosystems Program in 1992 and was a Fulbright Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of Water Research (Oslo) and the Norwegian Institute of Forest Research (Aas) in 1996-97.
I am interested in ecological and biogeochemical processes that determine ecosystem structure and functioning at local, regional and global levels. I conduct field studies in temperate forest and arctic tundra ecosystems aimed at developing mechanistic understandings of how ecosystems respond to climate change, air pollution and physical disturbance. I am particularly interested in how interactions among soil biota, plants and climate interact to determine ecosystem structure and stability.
EEB 476 Ecosystem Ecology: Ecosystem Ecology is a lecture/discussion course that focuses on understanding the physical, chemical, and biological processes regulating the dynamics of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. We discuss classic and current topics in ecology that have built our understanding of ecosystem organization and function. The course integrates across disciplines of physiological, microbial, population, and community ecology to understand how and why ecosystems differ in composition, structure, and function, and how ecosystems change over time. Students are expected to have a solid background in biology and ecology. We also expect that students will be able to use general principles of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology as tools to understand ecological processes occurring at the ecosystem level.
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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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Ann Arbor, MI