Institute Research Focus Areas
The link between energy, climate, and tree genetics is key to developing fast-growing tree crops as energy feedstocks and to understanding the effects of climate change on natural and plantation forests, but critical knowledge gaps exist for both of these subjects.
Increased understanding is needed for climate change impacts on forest productivity, species composition, and the biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems at multiple scales, and critical feedback processes between biological and physical components of the climate system. Methods are needed for assessing the hazards, risks, and opportunities of forest management to make recommendations for mitigating effects of climate change on forest ecosystems.
The reciprocal link between the spatial and temporal dynamics of landscape elements and ecological processes is a first principle of landscape ecology, and we seek to use this link to make reliable predictions to guide management and policy decisions.
Collaborative Research Programs
After 10+ years of research on above and below ground biomass, physiological, biochemical, and genetics studies, and insect and disease monitoring the Aspen FACE Experiment is looking to its future role.
We continue research in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), University of Minnesota, Pennsylvania State University, Carnegie Institute, and other organizations within the Chequamegon Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (ChEAS) group.
Last Modified: 02/15/2013