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Mark E. Kubiske

Research Plant Physiologist
5985 Highway K
Rhinelander, WI, 54501-9128
Phone: 715-362-1108

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Current Research

I currently devote 80 percent of my research time to the Aspen Free Air CO2 and ozone (O3) Enrichment (Aspen FACE) experiment which is designed to investigate the effects of increasing atmospheric CO2 and O3 on forest ecosystems. My personal interests at the Aspen FACE experiment are in the growth and competitive dynamics of the model forest communities, modeling of canopy photosynthesis, ecosystem hydrologic balance, photosynthetic compensatory responses to insect feeding, and use of molecular markers to quantify the proportions of belowground productivity of different aspen clones in the experiment.

Why This Research is Important

The debate over global climate change is arguably the most important scientific topic of our time. Irrespective of climate change, the direct effects of increasing atmospheric CO2 and ozone on forests is real and dramatic. A clear understanding of these effects is needed to manage forests today in a manner that will ensure their continued health and productivity in a future, more polluted atmosphere.

Education

  • Penn State University, Ph.D. Forest Resources,
  • Penn State University, M.S. Forest Resources,
  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, B.S. Forest Management,

Professional Organizations

  • Ecological Society of America

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Research Datasets

  • Kubiske, Mark E. 2016. Meteorological and soil temperature data from the treatment plots at the Aspen FACE Experiment, 1999-2009. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2016-0011.
  • Kubiske, Mark E. 2016. Meteorological and soil moisture data from an ambient monitoring station at the Aspen FACE Experiment, 1999-2009. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2016-0012.
  • Kubiske, Mark E.; Foss, Anita R. 2015. Carbon dioxide and ozone data from the Aspen FACE Experiment, 1998-2009, and Phase II Experiment, 2010. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2015-0001.
  • Kubiske, Mark E. 2013. Tree height and diameter data from the Aspen FACE Experiment, 1997-2008. Newtown Square, PA: USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2013-0015.

National Research Highlights

Aerial view of the Aspen FACE experiment showing the control facilities (middle left), and the 12 atmospheric treatment rings of four treatments with three replicates.  In the ring at bottom center, the different model forest communities are visible. David F. Karnosky, Michigan Tech University.

Scientists Predict Survivability Factors for Northern Forests Given Elevated CO2 and Ozone Levels

Year: 2013

The researchers scaled up a high-profile 11-year ecosystem experiment called Aspen-FACE to assess how elevated carbon dioxide and ozone levels might impact real forests at the landscape scale over the course of many future decades. They determined that there will be winners and losers among species and within species groups but that managers can have considerable control over the outcomes by managing disturbance effects on forests and landscape spatial patterns. The researchers also found that changes will be gradual and that few species are likely to disappear completely because of carbon dioxide and ozone effects alone.

Last modified: Monday, December 11, 2017