Forest productivity and carbon storage are critical functions of forests, affecting the economic and ecological well being of the human community. My lab group researches how these two ecological processes respond to changes in the surrounding environment. Environmental changes can occur because of management decisions, variation in climate and nutrient availability or disturbances (e.g. fire)—We examine how these factors then affect the carbon cycling of forests. Experimental tools used in the lab include radiocarbon and stable isotopic analysis of plants and soils, measurements of ecosystem carbon exchange and of soil carbon dynamics. Ongoing research projects are focused on the boreal forests of Alaska and Canada, and managed southern pine forests. Please check our available positions or research projects if you would like to join the group.