Coastline along Newfoundland, Canada

Our research invokes multiple tools from ecosystem ecology to explore how forest and grassland biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and water is influenced by climate, nutrient availability, and natural and anthropogenic disturbance regimes. Our work ranges from the scale of microorganisms to the whole ecosystem, permitting us to study within a wide range of disciplines, including microbial ecology, ecophysiology, and soil science. We quantify pools and fluxes of carbon and nutrients in soils and vegetation to assess how ecosystems respond to environmental conditions, often using stable isotopic signatures in biomass, soil organic matter, and multiple greenhouse gases to infer driving mechanisms.
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