Research Theme: Biosphere

Here is an atmospheric-level view of all the Biosphere
research and happenings at INSTAAR.

The study of ecosystems; effects of organisms on their environment and vice versa; biogeochemical cycles—pathways by which water, carbon, nitrogen, and other substances move through the world; and environmental indicators—species that, considered together, tell us about an environment.


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Recent Publications

Ladwig, L. M., Ratajczak, Z. R., Ocheltree, T. W., Katya Hafich, Amy Churchill, Frey, S. J. K., Fuss, C. B., Kazanski, C. E., Munoz, J. D., Petrie, M. D., Reinmann, A. B., Smith, J. G., 2016: Beyond arctic and alpine: The influence of winter climate on temperate ecosystems. Ecology, 97(2): 372-382. DOI: 10.1890/15-0153.1

Johnson, C. N., Alroy, J., Beeton, N. J., Bird, M. I., Brook, B. W., Cooper, A., Gillespie, R., Herrando-Perez, S., Jacobs, Z., Gifford H. Miller, Prideaux, G. J., Roberts, R. G., Rodriguez-Rey, M., Saltre, F., Turney, C. S. M., Bradshaw, C. J. A., 2016: What caused extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna of Sahul?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B—Biological Sciences, 283(1824): article 20152399. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2399

Graham, E. B., et al., including, Nemergut, D. R., 2016: Microbes as engines of ecosystem function: When does community structure enhance predictions of ecosystem processes?. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7: article UNSP 214. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00214

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

Abbott, B. W., et al., including, Jafarov, E. E., 2016: Biomass offsets little or none of permafrost carbon release from soils, streams, and wildfire: An expert assessment. Environmental Research Letters, 11(3): article 034014. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034014

Cynthia Nevison, Hess, P., Riddick, S., Ward, D., 2016: Denitrification, leaching, and river nitrogen export in the Community Earth System Model. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 8(1): 272-291. DOI: 10.1002/2015MS000573

Ryals, R., Eviner, V. T., Stein, C., Katharine Suding, Silver, W. L., 2016: Grassland compost amendments increase plant production without changing plant communities. Ecosphere, 7(3): article e01270. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1270

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