What We Do

Ecosystems are communities of interacting organisms and their environment, and fascinating ecosystems occur everywhere. At the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, we study ecosystems from soils to streams, from food to forests, from tall trees to tundra, and from hot springs to humans. We seek to understand ecosystems, how and why they change, and their implications for society, now and in the future.

Our work in ecosystem science spans small scales, molecules to cells to microbial communities, using state-of-the art techniques in genomics, fluxomics, and environmental analytics like stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry. And we work on the large scales of ecosystem science, from river watersheds, to the tallest trees in the world, to the expanse of frozen carbon in permafrost, to the globe, using large-scale experiments, data synthesis, and mathematical modeling.