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Duncan Menge
Associate Professor

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

Contact: dm2972[at]columbia[dot]edu, (212) 854-6889, @DuncanMenge
Eva Arroyo Eva Arroyo
Ph.D. student

Research interests: My current work focuses on how intraspecific variation is structured: the way intraspecific variation impacts species range, adaptation, and competition. I combine tools from Bayesian statistics applied to data from Puerto Rican forests, with more theoretical mathematical models. Generally, I am interested in the applications of probabilistic mathematics in ecology, using theory and Bayesian statistics to ask questions relevant to global change. I focus on tropical forests, partially because they are magnificent and complicated, and as part of my heritage as a Costa Rican citizen.
Aria Carreras Pereira Aria Carreras Pereira
Ph.D. student

Research interests: I am broadly interested in mycorrhizal networks, forest ecology, biogeochemistry, ethnobotany, succession and climate change. My research is motivated by the principal question of "how do trees, both as individuals and in a forest community, use a mycelial network to communicate?" Within that question, I focus on nutrient transfer between trees via these networks.
Savannah Cooley Savannah Cooley
Ph.D. student

Research interests: My research stems from my personal and professional mission of playing a role in mitigating climate change. I focus on ecosystem regeneration dynamics at landscape and global scales. In particular, I am interested in characterizing how forest regeneration can influence ecosystem-atmosphere exchanges of water, carbon, nitrogen and trace greenhouse gases. To investigate these dynamics, I use a transdisciplinary toolset suitable for addressing complex socio-ecological challenges that includes remote sensing data sets, Bayesian statistics, co-production approaches integrating local knowledge and indigenous perspectives, field observations and process-based theoretical modeling. CV
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Ph.D. student

Research Interests: I am broadly interested in the effects of extreme disturbances on nitrogen losses and cycling. I specifically look at the losses and cycling within the stream-soil interface. One of the goals of my work is to increase social justice and resource equity amongst BIPOC affected by disturbances and major events.
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Ph.D. student

Research interests: I am broadly interested in carbon and nitrogen dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems under changing climate, and other global change drivers including warming and elevated CO2.
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Ph.D. student

Research interests: As an ecosystem ecologist, my research interests include plant-soil-microbe interactions and both theoretical and empirical biogeochemical cycling. Specifically, my dissertation is focusing on the impacts of climate change on nitrogen cycling and vegetation dynamics across scales in the arctic tundra.
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M.A. student

Research Interests: Broadly, I am interested in biogeochemical cycling and plant ecology. My current research involves investigating the feedback loop between climate change and the nitrogen cycle. How does global change due to anthropogenic emissions affect nitrogen availability? As nutrient availability shifts, how does associated plant growth mitigate climate change?
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Research interests: I am interested in exploring how anthropogenic forces such as land use change and climate change influence plant-soil feedbacks, and how those interactions can have greater scale influences on nutrient cycling/availability, photosynthetic capacity, and community assembly.
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Research interests: I am interested in global change ecology, specifically ecosystem responses to climate change variables, such as warming and increased nutrient availability. I am currently monitoring terrestrial experiments in the arctic tundra for the Long-Term Ecological Research network.
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Frontiers of Science Fellow/Postdoc

Research interests: My research examines the role of trees in cycling nutrients through ecosystems. My work has included projects on spatial patterns of soil nutrient availability, species differences in coarse root architecture, rain-mediated nutrient export from rainforest canopies, and the regulation of symbiotic nitrogen fixation by temperature, light, and nutrient availability.
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Amy Wolf Amelia Wolf
Postdoc 2015-2018
Assistant Professor, UT Austin
Ben Taylor Benton Taylor
Ph.D. 2018
Assistant Professor, Harvard
Formerly Postdoc, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Ph.D. 2020
Stengl-Wyer Postdoc, UT Austin
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Ph.D. 2021
Data Analyst, The Farmer's Dog
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Ph.D. 2021
Assistant Professor, Dalhousie
Formerly Postdoc, Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis
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Ph.D. 2021
Applied Scientist, Earthshot Labs
Formerly NSF Innovative Postdoctoral Entrepreneurial Fellow, Lead System Scientist at Lotic Labs
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Ph.D. 2021
Assistant Professor, U Delaware
Formerly Postdoctoral Fellow, U Maryland
Formerly ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow, EPA
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Ph.D. 2022
Columbia Science Fellow
Formerly Instructor, Columbia, NYU, and Stanford
Wenying Liao Wenying Liao
M.A. 2015
Sequoia Climate Foundation
Formerly Postdoc, Harvard; Ph.D. student, Princeton
Emily Jager Emily Jager
M.A. 2019
NYC Parks Department and Walking Palms Global Health
Lex Helms Alexa Helms
M.A. 2020
US Forest Service
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M.A. 2021
Emma Lauterbach Emma Lauterbach
M.A. 2023
Megan Wilcots Megan Wilcots
B.S. 2018
Postdoc, Harvard University
Formerly Ph.D. student, University of Minnesota
Colleen Schmidt Colleen Schmidt
B.S. 2020

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