Eve-Lyn Hinckley

Eve-Lyn Hinckley CV


  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies



  • PhD: Stanford University, 2009
  • BA: Middlebury College, 2001

Contact Information

(Office) 303 735-1239
Physical location:
Sustainability, Energy, & Environment Complex (SEEC)
room S235B
4001 Discovery Drive
Boulder, CO 80303

UCB 450
Boulder, CO 80309-0450


Ecosystem biogeochemistry; ecohydrology.

Research Interests

My academic interests focus on examining the movement of carbon, nutrients, and water in terrestrial ecosystems, with emphasis on how they are changed by human activities and how those changes may affect human welfare.  Most of my research has focused on understanding mechanisms and patterns of nutrient cycling at plot to regional scales, and working with local land managers to explore sustainable water and nutrient management practices.  This foundation has informed my involvement in new collaborative projects to design long-term observational networks and to explore data integration and visualization approaches in unmanaged and managed systems.


  • Excellence in Reviewing Award, Biogeochemistry, 2014
  • Excellence in Reviewing Award, Biogeochemistry, 2013
  • Best Session Paper, Forest, Range, and Wildland Soils Division, Soil Science Society of America, 2012
  • Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2009
  • Student Presentation Award, SoilCritZone Meeting, Chania, Crete, 2008
  • Best Student Presentation, American Society of Enology and Viticulture, 2008
  • STAR Graduate Research Fellowship, EPA, 2006
  • Janet C. Curry Science Honors Award, Middlebury College, 2001
  • Scott A. Margolin Memorial Award, Middlebury College, 2001
  • Best Student Presentation, New England Estuarine Research Society, 2000
  • Morris K. Udall Fellowship, Udall Foundation, 1999


Research Statement

Energy production, agriculture, and development have altered the global biogeochemical cycles that support life on Earth.  A global population of over 7 billion people exerts tremendous pressures on ecosystems, threatening their ability to meet human needs, and impacting underlying carbon (C), nutrient, and water cycles.  It is necessary to understand these life support systems in order to develop creative solutions for a sustainable future. 

This grand challenge motivates my research program.  I seek to discover and quantify the processes dominating the regulation of biogeochemical cycles within terrestrial ecosystems.  I combine observational and computational approaches from ecosystem biogeochemistry and hydrology to examine transformations and fluxes of key reactive elements at local to regional scales. Ultimately, I am interested in investigating how ecosystem metabolism, residence time, and mobility of C, nitrogen, and sulfur respond to changing drivers, such as climate, land cover/land use, and atmospheric deposition/fertilizer applications.  Furthermore, I aim to link my results to those of other researchers studying coupled atmospheric and aquatic systems, and inform local decision-making .  This foundation in process-based research informs more recent endeavors into network science design and development of observation-modeling frameworks that predict biogeochemical phenomena at larger scales.

Past and current research projects include:

  • Sulfur cycling in natural and managed systems
  • The fate of atmospheric N deposition in the Colorado Front Range
  • Connecting short-term biogeochemical processes to long-term evolution of the critical zone
  • The potential resource of abandoned agricultural lands for bioenergy crops and C sequestration
  • Network biogeochemistry and scaling belowground processes

To learn more about my research, please visit the Environmental Biogeochemistry Group website.

Active Research

Research Programs



Hess, L. J. T., Eve-Lyn Hinckley, Robertson, P., Matson, P. A. 2020: Rainfall intensification increases nitrate leaching from tilled but not no-till cropping systems in the U.S. Midwest. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 290: article 106747. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2019.106747

Hess, L. J. T., Eve-Lyn Hinckley, Robertson, G. P., Hamilton, S. K., Matson, P. A. 2018: Rainfall intensification enhances deep percolation and soil water content in tilled and no-till cropping systems of the US Midwest. Vadose Zone Journal, 17: article 180128. DOI: 10.2136/vzj2018.07.0128

Pelletier, J. D., Barron-Gafford, G. A., Gutierrez-Jurado, H., Eve-Lyn HinckleyIstanbulluoglu, E., McGuire, L. A., Niu, G.-Y, Poulos, M. J., Rasmussen, C., Richardson, P., Swetnam, T. L., Tucker, G. E. 2018: Which way do you lean? Using slope aspect variations to understand Critical Zone processes and feedbacks. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 43(5): 1133-1154. DOI: 10.1002/esp.4306

Weathers, K., Groffman, P., Van Dolah, E., Bernhardt, E., Grimm, N., McMahon, K., Schimel, J., Paolisso, M., Maranger, R., Baer, S., Brauman, K., Eve-Lyn Hinckley 2016: Frontiers in ecosystem ecology from a community perspective: The future is boundless and bright. Ecosystems, 19(5): 753-770. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-016-9967-0

Thorpe, A. T., Barnett, D. T., Elmendorf, S. C., Eve-Lyn Hinckley, Hoekman, D., Jones, K. D., LeVan, K. E., Meier, C. L., Stanish, L., Thibault, K. M. 2016: Introduction to the sampling designs of the National Ecological Observatory Network Terrestrial Observation System. Ecosphere, 7(12): article e01627. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1627

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Current Courses

  • GEOG 4120: Special Topic: Earth’s Critical Zone Introduces Critical Zone Science to upper-level undergraduates.
  • ENVS 4050: Field Studies in Ecosystem Science Provides hands-on experience learning field and lab methods in ecosystem science, and conducting small group research projects.
  • ENVS 5520: Advances in Biogeochemistry A weekly seminar exploring new methodological approaches and other research innovations within biogeochemistry
  • ENVS/EBIO/GEOL 4160: Biogeochemistry Introduces the integrated discipline of biogeochemistry to upper-level undergrads and grad students.


Outreach Statement

  • Coordinated outreach activities for the Boulder Creek CZO, 2010–2011
  • Developed and taught a course on water resources for CU’s Science Discovery Program, 2010–2011
  • Volunteer educator for Acorn Soupe, St. Helena, CA, 2005–2006
  • Volunteer science mentor, Eastside Prep School, East Palo Alto, CA, 2002–2005