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One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
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Belowground Ecosystem Processes


The Northern Research Station has realigned our staff from 37 Research Work Units and Programs into 14 new Research Work Units.

RWU-4159 is now part of NRS-6, Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences.

Our Mission

Trees contribute massive amounts of organic matter to forest soils in the form of fine-root inputs and litterfall. Soils, in turn, supply trees with water and nutrients essential for growth. All of this is mediated by an intricate web of interactions among tree roots and soil organisms. We are studying how forest management and environmental change affect these biological processes. This will help us determine methods to increase the productivity and sustainability of our forests.

Our research is focused on:

  • Carbon Science
  • Global Change Biology
  • Soil Organisms

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This site is under development as the Forest Service brings together the Northeastern and North Central Research Stations to form the Northern Research Station, serving the Northeast and Midwest. Check back often as we expand our site to reflect our combined commitment to supporting the natural resources and people of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States.

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Last Modified: 12/21/2007

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Our new rhizotron facility enables us to study forest growth and ecosystem interactions below ground level.


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The Northern Institute of Applied Carbon Science is a joint effort among the Forest Service, universities, and forest industry to provide ecological, economic and social information that can be used to manage forests for the sequestration of atmospheric carbon.