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.
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).
Freshwater ecology, including the science of river restoration and dam removal, terrestrial aquatic interactions and food web ecology.
Plant and microbial ecophysiology exploring the interaction of water and carbon metabolism in diverse systems, from the world’s tallest trees to soil microorganisms.
Data-driven modeling and forecasting to understand carbon and nitrogen cycle response to global change at ecosystem, regional, and global scales.
Terrestrial ecosystems and global change: above and below ground processes, plant carbon allocation, biosphere-atmosphere interactions and feedbacks, radiocarbon, and phenology.
Plant-soil interactions in the context of restoration, invasions, and climate change; soil nutrient dynamics and mycorrhizal communities are a few specific foci.
Functional diversity of plant communities, including community assembly processes and impacts of diversity on ecosystem structure and function, primarily in dryland biomes.