Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory


Research findings: Atmospheric nitrogen deposition alters the biogeochemistry, microbial activity, productivity and biodiversity of alpine freshwaters and vegetation of the US Rocky Mountains.  Now, with record high temperatures, longer snow-free seasons, and retreating glaciers, climate X N interactions stimulate some freshwater biota while depressing some alpine plant species. Global change is reorganizing alpine species assemblages and ecosystem processes.

Current Research Projects

  1. Long-term ecological research and monitoring in Loch Vale Watershed, Rocky Mountain National Park. 1982-present
  2. Western Mountain Initiative. 2004-present