Terrestrial ecosystem ecology and soil biogeochemistry. In general, his research focuses on understanding the biotic and abiotic controls over terrestrial biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem processes.
Dr. Cleveland’s research intersects several major disciplines, including microbial ecology, biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology. The overall goal of his research is to understand how biotic and abiotic factors regulate element cycling in soil, the implications of those processes for ecosystem function, and the response of those phenomena to global environmental change. His most recent work focuses on understanding soil carbon cycling and nutrient dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems. However, he is also involved in a number of research projects, ranging from the understanding the links between biological diversity and ecosystem function, the effects of soil nutrient availability on a range of critical ecosystem processes, and the responses of terrestrial ecosystems to environmental change in tropical, temperate and high latitudes.