I am primarily interested in how global change will affect the plants, animals and microorganisms that inhabit terrestrial ecosystems, and what the consequences are for soil carbon stores and cycling.
POST DOCTORAL ASSOCIATES
My work explores the interactive effects of biotic and abiotic factors on woodland ecosystem functioning. Specifically I am interested in how biotic interactions mediate microbial responses to climate change factors and influence climate-ecosystem carbon feedbacks.
Doctoral Candidate, 5th year
My research interests lie in the field of terrestrial ecosystem ecology. Specifically, my dissertation focuses on forest dynamics and how global change is impacting nutrient feedback loops between microbial and plant communities.
My focus is on quantifying the flux of methane from living trees. I’m interested variation in producton and emission across tree species and forest types, the role of succession in regulating forest methane flux, and on the integration of this knowledge into practical silvicultural solutions for the management of mixed-species forests for multiple values. email
Doctoral Student, 2nd year
My research interests lie at the intersection of ecosystem ecology and community ecology. Specifically, I am interested in how climate change will affect ecosystem processes by altering species distribution and function, and how this will in turn affect the community composition of forests. email
Doctoral Student, 2nd year
I am interested in why invasive species become successful, how they impact ecosystem processes, and whether these impacts depend on environmental context. email
Doctoral Student, 1st year
I am interested in how plant inputs influence the formation and decomposition of soil carbon. email.
Avishesh Neupane (photo and details forthcoming)
Masters Student, 2nd year
Madeleine Rubenstein (photo and details forthcoming)
Masters Student, 1st year
Anna Wade, BSc Environmental Studies 2013.
Tara Ursell, MESc 2013: Ecologist, California State Parks
At Yale Tara studied the consequences of invasive grasses for nitrate (both a water pollutant and essential nutrient) dynamics in soils across a broad regional landscape, forming the water source for much of the southeastern U.S. In addition, she investigated how scientific synthesis could be better conducted to inform recommendations for meeting environmental policy demands.
Robert Warren II, Postdoc 2010-2012: Assistant Professor, Buffalo State College (SUNY)
Robert’s research at Yale focused on 1) the abiotic and biotic drivers behind current and predicted species distributions and 2) the correspondence between species distributions and suitable habitat as determined by species- and stage-specific niche requirements. Website
Michael Strickland Postdoc 2010-2012: Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech
Mike’s research at Yale investigated how community structure affects ecosystem function within the context of environmental change. I tackle this interest by specifically assessing how changes in the structure of soil microbial communities, either due to historical and/or contemporary environmental change, impact ecosystem biogeochemical cycles.
Bhavya Sridhar, MESc 2012: Ph.D. student, Cornell University
Wile at Yale, Bhavya studied the consequences of nitrogen fertilization and soil warming for soil carbon storage and cycling.
Taylor Gregoire-Wright, BSc Environmental Studies 2012: TERI, India
At Yale, Taylor studied the effects of different resource histories on the functioning of microbial communities.
Steve’s research at Yale involved understanding how land use and environmental change affect human well-being and ecosystem functioning, with a particular focus on West Africa.
Emily Stevenson, MESc 2011: see above
Tim Kramer, MESc 2010: Environmental Emergency Response Technician,ENTRIX, Inc.
Tim’s research at Yale was based out of the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, where he studied how Microstegium vimineum, an invasive grass, may be affecting soil fertility and carbon storage potential within different soil carbon pools in Southern Appalachian forests.
Caitlin O’Brady, MFS 2010: Rangelands Program Associate, Ecotrust Rangelands Program
While at Yale F&ES Caitlin researched potential soil carbon storage after rangeland restoration in eastern Oregon. She was awarded a Wyss Scholarship to pursue innovative western land conservation and studied watershed management and ecosystem services. Caitlin currently lives in Portland, Oregon
Yaya Tang, MESc 2010: Agroforestry Volunter, Peace Corps, Bamendjinda, Cameroon
While at Yale, Yaya’s research examined how the invasive Japanese stilt grass is being incorporated into above and below ground food webs in the Southeastern Appalachian forests. She is also interested in urban ecosystem patterns and how ecological processes can be incorporated into the urban landscape.
Brian Watts, BSc 2011: Teaching English and Environmental Volunteering, South Korea
Calley Mersmann, BSc 2011: Indiana University, Masters in Public Administration
Ken Leonard, Ph.D. 2010: Instructor, School of Science and Technology, Georgia Gwinnett College
Mike Strickland, Ph.D. 2009: See above
Dr Christian Davies, postdoc to 2009: Environmental Biotechnologist, UK Project Leader – Biodomain Technology Group, Shell Research Ltd, England
Tara Gancos, BSc 2008: PhD program in Environmental Life Sciences, Arizona State Univ.
Becky Ball, Ph.D 2007: Assistant Professor, New College Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Arizona State University