Biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology.
Carbon and nitrogen dynamics at regional to global scales; phosphorus controls over C and N in moist tropical systems; nutrient controls over soil carbon storage; human health effects of a changing N cycle.
After seventeen years at CU Boulder, the Townsend Lab has ended; but the science continues.
- Google Science Communication Fellow, Google, 2011
- Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, Stanford University, Woods Institute for the Environment, 2001