The overall goal of our research is to provide the necessary mechanistic understanding required for reliable projection of global change impacts on ecosystems, their likely feedbacks to the climate system, and to develop understanding that informs [more] sustainable management of agronomic and environmental services.
Three key facets of our work tie together all that we do:
1. We focus on how biology and ecology influence how ecosystems work;
2. This ecological focus demands that we integrate local-scale variation in organisms and their microenvironments into our research, to ensure that their influence is not obscured at the regional-scales for which we want to generate understanding and make projections;
3. We want to quantify the true size of effects of controls, meaning that our philosophy of experimental design and statistical analysis is constanly being developed and refined to provide numbers that are meaningful to scientists, policy makers and land managers alike.
Please see the drop-down pages to explore further the general themes that tie together the research of the lab.