Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Funded Research

2012-2013 Australia National Data System. The fate of aboveground carbon inputs: a key process that is poorly understood. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry. $A378,161.

2012-2013 A Data Transformation and Model Calibration System for Carbon and Nutrient Dynamics in Australian Ecosystems. Australian National Data Service. $A200,000.

2012-2015  A framework for enhancing EO capacity for Agriculture and Forest Management in Africa as a contribution to GEOSS; $153,000.  

2012-2013 Deriving a nitrous oxide emission factor map for Australian croplands. Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency; $A67,100.

2011-2014 Soil, Land Use and Climate Change: A new Baccalaureate concentration; co-PI with F. Cotrufo, others; USDA; $139,694.

2011-2012 The abatement potential of soil carbon sequestration in agriculture; UN Food and Agricultural Organization; $115,931.

2011-2012 Improving long-term predictions of carbon and nutrient dynamics in Australia's agroecosystems: Assimilation of datasets from long-term research sites for verification of biophysical models of vegetation and soil changes. Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis; $A49,949.

2010-2013 Large scale increases in soil carbon storages under grazing systems to offset Queensland's greenhouse gas emissions; $A600,000

2010-2011 Temperature control on organic carbon sequestration and binding mechanisms by iron oxides; co-PI with Thomas Borch and Martin Obst; Canadian Light Source; support for two beamtime cycles over 12 mos; no financial support.

2010-2011 Organic carbon binding mechanisms: temperature controls; co-PI with Thomas Borch and Martin Obst; Lawrence-Berkeley Light Source; support for two beamtime cycles over 12 mos; no financial support.

2010-2012 Development of Protocols and Accounting Methods for Carbon Sequestration on US Rangelands; PI with Environmental Defense Fund as lead institution; USDA-CIG; $638,793

2010 Building a solution-oriented team for a rangeland coordinated agricultural project; PI with D. Ojima, T. Chermack, J. Morgan (USDA), and W. Silver (UC Berkeley); USDA; $50,000.

2009-2010 On-farm greenhouse gas emissions from energy and livestock integration into COMET-FARM; Co-PI with K. Paustian, S. Ogle; USDA-NRCS; $283,129.

2009-2011 Quantifying C Sequestration Potential through Improved Pasture Management. PI with K. Paustian. Environmental Protection Agency. $150,000.

2009 Reconciling predictions of kinetic theory with observations of decomposition responses to temperature: Biological, biochemical, and edaphic constraints – supplement to support Research Education for Teachers. PI with J Moore. National Science Foundation. $15,000.

2009 Sampling to document changes in soil carbon stocks under CRP. PI with K. Paustian. Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. $9,954.

2009-2012 Reconciling predictions of kinetic theory with observations of decomposition responses to temperature: Biological, biochemical, and edaphic constraints. PI with E. Paul and M. Wallenstein. National Science Foundation. $729,000.

2008-2013 Research opportunities in ecosystem science and environmental sustainability.Co-PI with J. Moore, M. Wallenstein, H. Steltzer, and J. Hanzlick. UDSA-CSREES. $234,000.

2008-2009 Field-gate to factory-gate biofuel emission offset calculator. CSU Clean Energy Supercluster. $35,000.

2008-2009 Whole-farm greenhouse gas accounting-COMET-FARM; Co-PI with K. Paustian, S. Ogle; USDA-NRCS; $262,995.

2007-2010 Ecosystem Controls on C Sequestration Following Afforestation of Agricultural Lands. Co-PI with E.A. Paul and S.J. Morris (Bradley U.). Department of Energy. $819,975.

2007-2008 Enhancing the COMET-VR system: uncertainty estimation and expanded management options. Co-PI with K. Paustian and S. Ogle. USDA/NRCS. $251,348.

2007-2009 Soil carbon sequestration for Colorado. Co-PI with K. Paustian and D.S. Ojima. State of Colorado (House Bill 1203). 5/07-4/09. $170,000.

2007-2010 Parsing the mechanisms that drive soil decomposition responses to climate change: a test of the substrate depletion and microbial acclimation hypotheses. Co-PI with Wallenstein, M. and E.A. Paul. 6/07-5/10. Department of Energy – NICCR. $374,970.

2007 Shortgrass Steppe Field Station. National Science Foundation. Co-PI with I. Burke, W. Lauenroth, J.A. Morgan, A.K. Knapp, J. Detling, J. Moore, and others. 7/06. $279,000.

2006 Assessments of Soil Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Colorado’s Land Systems. PI with K. Paustian and D.S. Ojima. State of Colorado. 8/06-3/07. $50,000.

2006 REU Supplement for Vulnerability of soil organic matter to temperature changes: Exploring constraints due to substrate decomposability. PI with E.A. Paul, J. Six (UC Davis), R. Drijber (U of Nebraska), and A.F. Plante NSF-Ecosystems. 5/06-12/06.$11,000.

2005-2009 Science Policy Assessment and Research on Climate (SPARC) for Decision Making Under Uncertainty. Co-PI with R.A Pielke, Jr (University of Colorado) and D. Sarewitz (Arizona State U.). National Science Foundation. $2,400,000.

2005-2006 Integrated Global Observation System – Land Theme Report. PI. USGS. $68,188.

2005 REU Supplement for Vulnerability of soil organic matter to temperature changes: Exploring constraints due to substrate decomposability. PI with E.A. Paul, J. Six (UC Davis), R. Drijber (U of Nebraska), and A.F. Plante NSF-Ecosystems. $12,000.

2005 Shortgrass Steppe Field Station. Co-PI with I. Burke, W. Lauenroth, J.A. Morgan, A.K. Knapp, J. Detling, J. Moore, and others. CSU-Academic Enrichment Program. 8/05. $1,500,000.

2005 Shortgrass Steppe Field Station. National Science Foundation. Co-PI with I. Burke, W. Lauenroth, J.A. Morgan, A.K. Knapp, J. Detling, J. Moore, and others. 7/05. $232,378.

2004-2009 CO2 Fluxes between Agricultural Lands and the Atmosphere: Towards more Complete Accounting by Integrating Remote Sensing with Simulation Modeling. Co-PI with S. Ogle, K. Paustian. NASA. $1,189,547.

2004-2007 Vulnerability of soil organic matter to temperature changes: Exploring constraints due to substrate decomposability. PI with E.A. Paul, J. Six (UC Davis), R. Drijber (U of Nebraska), and A.F. Plante NSF-Ecosystems. $540,000.

2004-2006 PULSE: Taking the pulse of Colorado’s Front Range. PI with J. Baron. US Geological Survey. $40,600.

2004-2007  Characterizing key resource areas in Kenyan rangelands. Earth System Fellowship supervisor for M. Ngugi. NASA. $72,000.

2004-2007 Ecosystem Controls on C Sequestration Following Afforestation of Agricultural Lands. Co-PI with E.A. Paul and S.J. Morris (Bradley U.). Department of Energy. $619,202.

2004-2006 Improved agricultural soil greenhouse gas inventories for South American countries. Co-PI with K. Paustian, S.M. Ogle, and S.J. DelGrosso (USDA). EPA.  $170,000.

2004-2005 Agricultural land use and management impacts on soil organic carbon: National Inventory reporting and IPCC inventory guidelines. Co-PI with K. Paustian and S.M. Ogle. EPA. $99,907.

2003-2005 National Engineering Handbook, Part 629, Agriculture Air Quality: Greenhouse Gases. PI with S. Ogle, K. Paustian, D. Johnson. USDA/NRCS. $42,881.

2002-2004 Understanding and Enhancing the Linkages Between Decision Making and Carbon Cycle Research.  Co-PI with R.A. Pielke Jr. (U. of Colorado) and D. Sarewitz (Arizona State U.).  NOAA.  . $142,850.

2002-2005  Consortium for Agricultural Soils Mitigation of Greenhouse Gasses.  Co-PI with Keith Paustian. USDA. $1,050,856.

2001-2005 An Integrated Multi-scale Investigation of Grazing Land Management: Implications for Carbon Cycling.  PI.  NASA. $343,855.

2001 An Integrated Approach to Develop Baseline Soil Carbon Content in Semiarid Eastern Oregon.  PI with J. Six, S. Ogle.  Environmental Resources Trust. $19,953.

2000-2004  Soil carbon saturation: determining limits on carbon sequestration capacity.  Co-PI with J. Six (UC Davis), and K. Paustian.  DOE. $610,000.

2000-2001 Quantifying precision of soil sampling.  Environmental Resources Trust. PI with K. Paustian.  $18,764.