Wetland grasses

Ecology—Research

Ecology is the study of ecosystems, i.e., organisms and how they interact with their environment. Here at the School, on-going research in ecology explores both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Ecological interests of our faculty range from landscapes to individual species, including animal-ecosystem interactions, forest responses to global change, and carbon and water cycling through forests and wetlands.

Faculty                          Areas of Interests

Predator ecology & ecological heterogeneity; Aquatic-terrestrial links; Stable isotopes in animal ecology & conservation; Vertebrate habitat ecology; Conservation ethics
Forest responses to global change factors; Belowground processes; Carbon and nutrient cycling; Physiological ecology of tree roots; Undergraduate involvement in research
Forest canopy structure and function; Forest response to global change; Carbon and water cycling through forests; Tree ecophysiology; Stable isotope ecology; Invasive tree species
Peatland and wetland restoration; Peatland and wetland carbon cycling; Mountain wetlands; Tropical peatlands; Ecosystem carbon cycling; Wetland ecohydrology
Forest Inventory, Mensuration, and Biometrics; Silviculture, Quantitative Silviculture, and Growth & Yield; Empirical, process and hybrid forest modelling
Ecological genetics and genomics; Population genetics of forest trees; Conservation genetics; Genetic mapping and QTL analyses; Forensic genetics
Woody bioenergy; Climate change; Natural resource policy; Water resource policy; Bioenergy policy
Geographic information systems; Cartography; Global positioning systems; Great Lakes Quaternary (glacial) geomorphology
Soil carbon; Plant/soil relationships; Decomposition; Dissolved organic carbon; Wildfire; Black carbon
Forest ecology; Ecosystems ecology; Physiological ecology; Community ecology; Fungal ecology; Mycorrhizal fungi; Molecular ecology; Soil ecology; Global environmental change impacts on forest ecosystems; Invasive species impacts; Biogeography of invasive soil organisms
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy; Sustainability science; Landscape ecology; Biodiversity and Conservation; International Trade; Information Theory
Forest carbon dynamics; Soil carbon sequestration; Forest restoration; Isotope applications in forests
Forest mycology, pathology, fungal ecology; Tree and forest disease diagnosis and assessment; Wood decay & mold/stain testing; Mycorrhizae, plants and mushrooms
Aquatic ecology; Aquatic-terrestrial links; Conservation and management of aquatic systems; Long-term monitoring
Forest insect ecology; Insect/fungus/plant interactions in forest ecosystems; Impacts of exotic species on forest ecosystems; Interactions among fire, insects and disease in forests; Urban forest health
Soil organic carbon stabilization and cycling; Radiocarbon analysis and interpretation; Forest response and adaptation to climate change; Landscape scale conservation
Gap dynamics and disturbance ecology; Invasion biology of exotic species; Landscape ecology; Plant community response to herbivory; Restoration silviculture; Wildlife habitat relationships