Research Opportunities

Ecoss offers numerous research opportunities spanning across ecosystem science. Below are the key research areas of interest to our core faculty.

The impact of climate change on Alaskan ecosystems, including effects of changing fire and permafrost on plants, soils, and ecosystem services.

Michelle Mack | Ted Schuur


How microorganisms regulate biogeochemical responses of ecosystems to environmental change, using tools in quantitative ecology and molecular biology (next-gen sequencing, qPCR, and quantitative stable isotope probing).

Bruce Hungate | Paul Dijkstra | Ben Koch | Egbert Schwartz


Freshwater ecology, including the science of river restoration and dam removal, terrestrial aquatic interactions and food web ecology.

Jane Marks | Ben Koch


Plant and microbial ecophysiology exploring the interaction of water and carbon metabolism in diverse systems, from the world’s tallest trees to soil microorganisms.

George Koch


Data-driven modeling and forecasting to understand carbon and nitrogen cycle response to global change at ecosystem, regional, and global scales.

Yiqi Luo | Deborah Huntzinger


Terrestrial ecosystems and global change: above and below ground processes, plant carbon allocation, biosphere-atmosphere interactions and feedbacks, radiocarbon, and phenology.

Mariah Carbone | Andrew Richardson


Plant-soil interactions in the context of restoration, invasions, and climate change; soil nutrient dynamics and mycorrhizal communities are a few specific foci.

Karen Haubensak


Functional diversity of plant communities, including community assembly processes and impacts of diversity on ecosystem structure and function, primarily in dryland biomes.

Brad Butterfield