Daniel Liptzin

Daniel Liptzin

INSTAAR Affiliate

  • Project Scientist, Soil Health Institute


  • PhD: University of Colorado Boulder, 2007
  • MES: University of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • BS: Yale University, 1996

Contact Information


Terrestrial ecosystem ecology, nutrient cycling and linkages between elements, ecosystem responses to environmental change.

Research Interests

My research investigates how global change and human activities affect soils, terrestrial ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycling.  In particular, I aim to understand the controls on ecosystem structure and function from the tropics to the arctic.  My research approach uses natural gradients and manipulative experiments, data synthesis, and a variety of field and laboratory analytical techniques.  The ultimate goal of my work is to uncover the mechanisms that control the spatial and temporal patterns of nutrient cycles in order to predict how ecosystems will respond to local, regional, and global environmental change.

My current research projects include (1) human effects on the nitrogen cycle, (2) interactions among elemental cycles, (3) redox-sensitive biogeochemistry, and (4) ecosystem processes in seasonally snow-covered ecosystems.




Sanderson, J. S., Beutler, C., Brown, J. R., Burke, I., Chapman, T., Conant, R. T., Derner, J. D., Easter, M., Fuhlendorf, S. D., Grissom, G., Herrick, J. E., Daniel Liptzin, Morgan, J. A., Murph, R., Pague, C., Rangwala, I., Ray, D., Rondeau, R., Schulz, T., Sullivan, T. 2020: Cattle, conservation, and carbon in the western Great Plains. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 75(1): 5A-12A. DOI: 10.2489/jswc.75.1.5A

Helmig D., Daniel Liptzin, Hueber, J., Savarino, J. 2020: Impact of exhaust emissions on chemical snowpack composition at Concordia Station, Antarctica. The Cryosphere, 14: 199-209. DOI: 10.5194/tc-14-199-2020

Norris, C. E., Bean, G. M., Cappellazzi, S. B., Cope, M., Greub, K. L. H., Daniel Liptzin, Rieke, E. L., Tracy, P. W., Morgan, C. L. S., Honeycutt, C. W. 2020: Introducing the North American project to evaluate soil health measurements. Journal of Agronomy, 112(4): 3195-3215. DOI: 10.1002/agj2.20234

Tyler Kohler, Stanish, L., Daniel Liptzin, Barrett, J. E., Diane M. McKnight 2018: Catch and release: Hyporheic retention and mineralization of N-fixing Nostoc sustains downstream microbial mat biomass in two polar desert streams. Limnology and Oceanography Letters, 3(4): 357-364. DOI: 10.1002/lol2.10087

Horowitz, A. I., Moomaw, W. R., Daniel Liptzin, Gramig, B. M., Reeling, C., Meyer, J., Hurley, K. 2016: A multiple metrics approach to prioritizing strategies for measuring and managing reactive nitrogen in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Environmental Research Letters, 11(6): article 064011. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/6/064011

Hall, S. J., Daniel Liptzin, Buss, H. L., DeAngelis, K., Silver, W. L., Whendee, L. 2016: Drivers and patterns of iron redox cycling from surface to bedrock in a deep tropical forest soil: A new conceptual model. Biogeochemistry, 130(1-2): 177-190. DOI: 10.1007/s10533-016-0251-3

Marklein, A. R., Winbourne, J. B., Enders, S. K., Gonzalez, D. J. X., van Huysen, T. L., Izquierdo, J. E., Light, D. R., Daniel Liptzin, Miller, K. E., Morford, S. L., Norton, R. A., Houlton, B. Z. 2016: Mineralization ratios of nitrogen and phosphorus from decomposing litter in temperate versus tropical forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25(3): 335-346. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12414

Pollmann, J., Helmig, D., Daniel LiptzinChelsea Thompson, Hueber, J., Tans, P. P., Lelieveld, J. 2016: Variability analyses, site characterization, and regional [OH] estimates using trace gas measurements from the NOAA Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 4: article 128. DOI: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000128

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Current Courses

  • EBIO 4160/5460: Biogeochemistry