Professor of Environmental Sciences and Biology (Biology by courtesy)
Clark Hall, University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 22904. email@example.com
I am an ecologist with interests in both the ecosystem implications of physiological processes and the evolutionary underpinnings of these processes. My research centers around fundamental questions of resource acquisition and allocation in plants and touches upon such topics as pests & pathogens, atmospheric chemistry & air quality, biological invasions, and organismal controls over element cycling.
I combine experimental and observational research with process-based ecosystem models. My research centers around questions regarding genomics and stress tolerance and trace gas exchange between plants and the atmosphere. My current projects involve 1) the regulation of ozone exchange between forests and the atmosphere, and 2) the physiology of metals and photosynthesis in genetically modified plants, and 3) the interacting effects of multiple stressors on plants, ecosystems, and ecosystem services. This research is supported by the US National Science Foundation, the Department of Agriculture, and NASA.
I grew up in suburban Maryland, outside of Washington DC. I was one of those naturenerd kids who spent more time with frogs, toads, and snakes than with schoolwork. In junior high I developed a fascination with birds. This led to a series of jobs in high school that involved surveying and banding. In college I had jobs in a fruit fly genetics lab, in Gunung Palung National Park in Indonesian Borneo, and in an experimental plant ecology lab.
After college I worked for a few years as a technician for the USDA and the USFWS on fungal infections of wild wheat and population biology of elephant seals and western gulls. Eventually, I landed in an Ecosystem Ecology lab for grad school. That group focused on ecological and physiological mechanisms and on the biogeochemical implications of ecological processes, and I’m still asking those sorts of questions.
This class, which I co-teach with Prof. Sally Pusede, focuses on interactions between biota (plants and soil microbes) and the lower atmosphere. The class focuses on chemical and physiological aspects of these interactions, rather on physical transport. We draw the readings from the primary and secondary literature, and discussion figures heavily in the class. The class concentrates on those chemicals in the atmosphere that are either produced or consumed by plants and/or that have concentrations dependent upon biogenic products.
This class is the capstone to the four semester Forum sequence in UVa's New Curriculum that I co-teach with Prof. Paul Freedman of the Politics Deprtment. The class examines food systems from natural and social science perspectives with emphases on cultural, social, political, and environmental sustainability. Sorry, but this class will not be offered in 2019-2020.
Analyzes the patterns and processes in terrestrial ecosystems. Topic include macro- and micro-meteorological factors such as producer, consumer, and decomposer processes; hydrologic and biogeochemical pathways; and changes through space and time. Three lecture and four field or laboratory hours. I am currently not leading this class, but I will offer several guest lectures-discussions in the fall of 2019.
Studies energy flow, nutrient cycling and allocation in natural ecosystems, organization of species at the population and community levels, and interaction among people, the biosphere, and physiochemical Earth System. This is a lecture-format class (3 credits) with an affiliated lab class (EVSC 3201) that is recommended but not required for students enrolled in 3200. This class is offered each fall and spring. I will NOT be one of the faculty offering the class in 2019-2020, but I hope to return to it in the coming year.
Studies ecological science relevant to sustaining populations, species, ecosystems, and the global biosphere. Includes discussion of genetic inbreeding, critical population size, community structure and organization, maintenance of critical ecosystem function, and global biogeochemistry. Case studies from around the world demonstrate links between human-driven environmental change and the health of the biosphere, at all levels, from the organism to the planet. This is a lecture-format class (3 credits) that is designed for non-majors. This class WILL be offered in the fall of 2019... Read more about Conservation Ecology:Biodiversity and Beyond (EVSC 2220)