Faculty

For more information or to join the IGERT faculty affiliates please contact biogeo@cornell.edu with your name, website, affiliation and a brief statement of your interests.

Name Affiliation Interests
Lars Angenent Biological & Environmental Engineering Microbiome analysis, carbon cycling in Arctic peat soil, methanogenesis, anaerobic microbial food web, biosensor.
Ludmilla Aristilde Biological & Environmental Engineering Molecular investigation of the biological and physical fate of organic molecules: organic contaminants, organic substrates, natural toxins; extracellular enzymes and genetic elements.
Taryn Bauerle Horticulture Root Biology, Plant Eco-physiology.
Barbara Bedford Natural Resources Wetland ecology – plants, hydrology, biogeochemistry, biodiversity conservation.
Alan Berkowitz Cary Institute Ecology education research, curriculum development, teacher training.
Gordon Bonan NCAR Earth System Modeling, terrestrial ecosystems and climate feedbacks.
Dan Buckley Crop & Soil Science Microbial ecology and genomics; microbial diversity and biogeography in soils; microbial diversity and its relationship to soil biogeochemical processes.
Gang Chen Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Climate dynamics, climate variability, and atmospheric transport.
Lou Derry Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Geochemistry, biogeochemistry modeling.
Laurie Drinkwater Horticulture Agroecology, soil ecology, soil nutrient cycling, sustainability.
Tim Fahey Natural Resources Forest ecology.
Stuart Findlay Cary Institute Wetlands, microbial ecology, rivers, nutrient cycling, dissolved organic carbon.
Rosie Fisher NCAR Earth System Modeling, plant demography, drought ecophysiology, coupling of global C and N cycles, fire.
Alex Flecker Ecology & Evolutional Biology Biodiversity and ecosystem function; trait-based approaches for understanding species vulnerability and consequences of climate change on ecosystem processes; ecological stoichiometry.
Carla Gomes Computer Science Computational sustainability.
Christine Goodale Ecology & Evolutional Biology Carbon sequestration; carbon-nitrogen interactions; catchment biogeochemistry; climate change impacts on forest ecosystems; nitrogen cycling, nitrogen retention; watershed processes.
Charles Greene Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Ecological dynamics of marine animal populations; effects of global climate change on ocean ecosystems. algal biofuels.
Peter Groffman Cary Institute Nitrogen and carbon cycling, with a focus on denitrification and nitrous oxide dynamics in forest, urban, riparian and wetland ecosystems.
Peter Hess Biological & Environmental Engineering Atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemistry, climate/chemistry/biogeochemistry modeling, methane, nitrous oxide modeling, air quality, earth system modeling.
Ian Hewson Microbiology Biological oceanography; microbial roles in global elemental cycles; viruses and their impacts upon host biogeochemistry, from microbial to global scales.
Robert Howarth Ecology & Evolutional Biology Methane fluxes and budget; nitrogen fixation; scaling of microbial processes; human alteration of the N cycle; regional and global N and P budgets; atmospheric deposition of reactive N gases; environmental effect of biofuels and unconventional natural gas.
Clive Jones Cary Institute Ecosystem engineering by organisms and biogeochemical heterogeneity.
Jenny Kao-Kniffin Horticulture Rhizosphere ecology, urban ecosystem ecology, plant-microbe biology.
Cliff Kraft Natural Resources Aquatic ecosystems, nutrient uptake, dissolved organic nitrogen cycling.
Dave Lawrence NCAR Earth System Modeling, high-latitude terrestrial climate change feedbacks, Land-atmosphere interactions and the water cycle.
Johannes Lehmann Crop & Soil Science Soil biogeochemistry; soil C cycles; interaction with atmospheric and aquatic C; nanometer-scale soil C, N, S, and P; fire effects on black carbon in soil; transport and decomposition of black carbon; multi-scale study of biochar, including policy and economics.
Sam Levis NCAR Earth System Modeling, vegetation and crop modeling, land-atmosphere interactions of snow, volatile organic compounds, and hydrology.
Len Lion Civil & Environmental Engineering Biogeochemical processes that influence the fate and transport of contaminants in aquatic systems.
Rowena Lohman Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Satellite imagery to study changes in the earth’s surface due to hazards such as earthquakes and landslides, climatic events and anthropogenic activity.
Gary Lovett Cary Institute Forest ecology, nutrient cycling, impacts of introduced species, climate change, air pollution, carbon and nitrogen dynamics, modeling.
Eugene Madsen Microbiology Microbial ecology, biodegradation of environmental pollutants, biogeochemistry of subsurface systems, roles of microorganisms in C and N cycling.
Natalie Mahowald Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Aerosols, biogeochemistry, climate/biogeochemistry modeling, carbon cycle, methane, nitrous oxide, fires, earth system modeling.
Carmen Enid Martinez Crop & Soil Science Chemical and biogeochemical cycling of major (e.g., N, S, C, Fe, Al, Mn), trace (e.g., Zn, Cu) and toxic (e.g., Cd, Cr, Pb) elements and organics (e.g., DOM, SOM) in terrestrial ecosystems; application of process-based and spectroscopic methods to understand ecosystem element cycles and processes from the molecular to the field scale.
Matt Pritchard Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Remote sensing, cryosphere.
Matthew Reid Civil & Environmental Engineering Contaminant fate and transport in soil-plant systems; coupled physiochemical and biological processes in soil and water; microbial arsenic cycling; wetland biogeochemistry and gas exchange.
Ruth Richardson Civil & Environmental Engineering Microbiology, remediation, reaction rates.
Susan Riha Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Soil-plant-atmospheric dynamics, water resources management.
Emma J Rosi-Marshall Cary Institute Aquatic ecosystem processes, biogeochemistry, contaminants of emerging concern.
William Schlesinger Cary Institute Biogeochemistry, Global Change, Geochemical Cycles, Ecosystem science, desert ecology.
Jed Sparks Ecology & Evolutional Biology Applications of stable isotopes, plant physiological ecology, soil biogeochemistry.
Jim Shapleigh Microbiology Denitrification, anaerobic respiration, nitrogen cycle, diversity of respiratory mechanisms.
Tammo Steenhuis Biological & Environmental Engineering Hydrology, water resources, biogeochemistry/water interactions.
Janice Thies Crop & Soil Science Soil biology, biogeochemistry and microbiology.
Todd Walter Biological & Environmental Engineering Hydrology/ecohydrology, denitrification, phosphorus, methane, hydrology-microbial ecology interactions, modeling, watershed.
Kathleen Weathers Cary Institute cross-system biogeochemistry (air-land-water), effects of biology on geochemical cycles, ecosystem function in heterogeneous landscapes.
David Wolfe Horticulture Management and policy options for climate change adaptation and mitigation in agroecosystems; soil carbon assessment; soil health, water, and nitrogen management; conservation agriculture.
Joe Yavitt Natural Resources Microbiology, soil biogeochemistry
Stephen Zinder Microbiology Anaerobic biotransformations, pollutant biodegradation, diversity of biogeochemically important microbes.