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Current ResearchMy research interests span a range of topics within the field of forest ecology including carbon and nitrogen cycling, forest productivity and succession, and plant-site interactions. My current research is aimed at characterizing and scaling patterns of nutrient status, carbon storage and exchange, composition and structure in forest ecosystems. I am particularly interested in methods that combine use of field measurements, remote sensing, and process modeling. These investigations include:
- Integration of high-spectral resolution remote sensing with continental-scale earth observation satellites and field measurements from the FLUXNET and NACP research programs.
Funding: NASA Carbon Cycle Science Program.
- Linking Landscape-Scale Carbon Monitoring with Forest Management.
Funding: NASA Carbon Cycle Science &USDA Forest Service Northern Global Change Program.
- Complex interactions among water, nutrients and carbon stocks and fluxes across a natural fertility gradient in tropical rainforest.
Funding: National Science Foundation, Biocomplexity Program.
Why This Research is Important
The most fundamental questions of environmental change (e.g. impacts of pollution, climate change, land-use change, deforestation, etc.) are often assessed by evaluating change in function of ecosystems. Change in how forest ecosystems store and cycle carbon (C) is reflected in measures of growth and productivity. Forest ecosystems in northern latitudes are acting as a sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), and sink strength is thought to be especially strong in the northeastern US. At present, large uncertainties exist about both the magnitude and the spatial distribution of this sink, as well as the underlying mechanisms responsible. Attribution of the causes, and better resolution of the magnitude, of C sink strength for forest landscapes -- especially whether these mechanisms are ?natural? or ?human-induced? as a result of current or past land-use and management -- is a critical task for researchers and policymakers alike.
- University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, Ph.D. Natural Resources, 2000
- University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, M.S. Forestry, 1992
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, B.S. Natural Resources, 1989
- Adjunct Assistant Professor, Natural Resources and Earth System Science Doctoral Program,University of New Hampshire
- Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire
- Ecological Society of America, American Geophysical Union
Featured Publications & Products
- Bradford, John B.; Weishampel, Peter; Smith, Marie-Louise; Kolka, Randall; Birdsey, Richard A.; Ollinger, Scott V.; Ryan, Michael G. 2010. Carbon pools and fluxes in small temperate forest landscapes: Variability and implications for sampling design.
- Bradford, John; Weishampel, Peter; Smith, Marie-Louise; Kolka, Randall; Birdsey, Richard A.; Ollinger, Scott V.; Ryan, Michael G. 2009. Detrital carbon pools in temperate forests: magnitude and potential for landscape-scale assessment.
- Bradford, John B.; Weishampel, Peter; Smith, Marie-Louise; Kolka, Randall; Birdsey, Richard A.; Ollinger, Scott V.; Ryan, Michael G. 2009. Detrital carbon pools in temperate forests: magnitude and potential for landscape-scale assessment.
- Bradford, John B.; Weishampel, Peter; Smith, Marie-Louise; Kolka, Randall; Hollinger, David Y.; Birdsey, Richard A.; Ollinger, Scott; Ryan, Michael. 2008. Landscape-scale carbon sampling strategy-lessons learned. Chapter 17.
- Smith, Marie-Louise; Anderson, Jeanne; Fladeland, Matthew. 2008. Forest canopy structural properties. Chapter 14.
Publications & Products
- Smith, Marie-Louise; Hollinger, David Y.; Ollinger, Scott. 2008. Estimation of forest canopy nitrogen concentration. Chapter 15.
- Zhang, Qingyuan; Xiao, Xiangming; Braswell, Bobby; Linder, Ernst; Ollinger, Scott; Smith, Marie-Louise; Jenkins, Julian P.; Baret, Fred; Richardson, Andrew D.; Moore, Berrien III; Minocha, Rakesh. 2006. Characterization of seasonal variation of forest canopy in a temperate deciduous broadleaf forest, using daily MODIS data.
- Ollinger, Scott V.; Smith, Marie-Louise. 2005. Net primary production and canopy nitrogen in a temperate forest landscape: an analysis using imaging spectroscopy, modeling and field data.
- Richardson, John B.; Ducey, Mark J.; Smith, Marie-Louise. 2005. Patterns of Aboveground Biomass Accumulation in a Northern Temperate Forest.
- Smith, Marie-Louise; Martin, Mary E.; Plourde, Lucie; Ollinger, Scott V. 2003. Analysis of hyperspectral data for estimation of temperate forest canopy nitrogen concentration: comparison between an airborne (AVIRIS) and a spaceborne (Hyperion) sensor.
- Birdsey, R.; Hollinger, D.; Heath, L.; Hoover, C.; Kolka, R.; Smith, M. L.; Ryan, M. 2003. Pilot Studies for Enhanced Forest Land Measurement.
- Smith, Marie-Louise; Ollinger, Scott V.; Martin, Mary E.; Aber, John D.; Hallett, Richard A.; Goodale, Christine L. 2002. Direct estimation of aboveground forest productivity through hyperspectral remote sensing of canopy nitrogen.
- Smith, Marie-Louise; [Editor], . 2002. Proceedings, land type associations conference: development and use in natural resources management, planning and research.
- Leak, William B.; Yamasaki, Mariko; Kittredge, David B., Jr.; Lamson, Neil I.; Smith, Marie-Louise. 1997. Applied ecosystem management on nonindustrial forest land..
- Fincher, James M.; Smith, Marie-Louise. 1994. A discrimlnant function approach to ecological site classification in northern New England.