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Duncan Menge
Assistant Professor

Research and teaching interests: Ecosystem ecology, theoretical ecology, biogeochemistry, evolutionary ecology, global change science, complex systems science, plain old ecology.  CV

Contact: dm2972[at]columbia[dot]edu, (212) 854-6889
DM pictureAmy Wolf
Postdoctoral scholar

Research interests: My research program blends plant community and ecosystem ecology with conservation biology to understand how human-driven perturbations interact with environmental variability to affect plant communities and ecosystem processes.  Within this framework, I am especially interested in exploring the mechanistic underpinnings of species interactions, their effects on resource distribution, and how these individual-level interactions affect ecosystem processes at broader scales.  Most of my work focuses on examining multi-faceted aspects of positive species interactions, from tightly coupled mutualisms to indirect complementarity between species.  
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BT picture Ben Taylor
Ph.D. student

Research interests:
My research interests surround the environmental conditions that influence plant growth and how plants, in return, can influence those environmental conditions.  Plant strategies for obtaining belowground resources may change under varying environmental conditions such as human land use and increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide.  My research aims at understanding how individual plant processes of fine root uptake and symbiotic nitrogen fixation serve to couple global cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and water in an increasingly human-dominated world.  CV, website
TB picTom Bytnerowicz
Ph.D. student

Research interests: My research interests generally fall into the categories of biogeochemistry and plant community ecology. They include the effects of nitrogen fixers on ecosystems, the cycling of nutrients through ecosystems, competition between plant species, and the interactions between plant species and their environments.  CV
AQ picAndrew Quebbeman
Ph.D. student

Research interests: I am generally interested in the relationship between soil microbial and plant communities within the context of biogeochemical cycles.  This includes spatial patterns of association between plants and soil microbes, functional differences between soil microbial communities, and the role of aboveground-belowground interactions in biogeochemical processes.  
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EL pic Wenying Liao (Eleen)
M.A. student

Research interests: I am interested in understanding the emergence and maintenance of N limitation and richness across different ecosystems.  A current focus of my research is to reconcile the paradoxical patterns of symbiotic N-fixing trees across tropical and temperate forest ecosystems.  I am investigating the physiology, community dynamics, and ecosystem regulation of symbiotic N-fixing trees to understand the ecological roles and ecosystem consequences of this important functional group.
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RA picRachel Arkebauer
Lab/field technician
Alex Huddell
Undergraduate
Richard Li
Undergraduate
Megan Wilcots
Undergraduate

Lab alumni

Visiting students
Kealohanuiopuna Kinney

Interns
Elizabeth Min
Franklin Román-Rodríguez
Emily Stuchiner

Undergrads
Taylor Hains




Menge Lab, E3B department, Columbia University
dm2972[at]columbia[dot]edu
, (212) 854-6889
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