Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1995
My research as an ecosystem ecologist began on coastal sand dunes bordering Lake Michigan where I studied the mechanisms of plant succession. Since then, I have contributed to research investigating the effects of rising atmospheric CO2 on forest productivity and biogeochemical cycling with colleagues at Duke University. After coming to Bowdoin College in 2000, I began research on the ecology and environmental history of Merrymeeting Bay, which provide many engaging and important research topics for an ecologist. I am most interested in understanding the legacies of past human disturbance on the river-estuary complex and in providing information useful for the sound management and conservation of Maine's coastal ecosystems. To this end, I work with Bowdoin students to reconstruct the history of the ecosystem and to understand the consequences of past and present human activity on the ecosystem.
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