Home   People   Research   Publications   Opportunities   Teaching   Links

Menge Lab People

DM picture
Duncan Menge
Associate Professor

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

Contact: dm2972[at]columbia[dot]edu, (212) 854-6889, @DuncanMenge
Placeholder picSian Kou-Giesbrecht
Ph.D. student
sk4220[at]columbia[dot]edu

Research interests:
My research interests are broadly in biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, theoretical ecology, and terrestrial biosphere models. Specifically, I am interested in how nitrogen-fixing trees promote both CO2 sequestration and soil N2O emissions in forests, the radiative balance of these opposing processes, and how it will be influenced by global change. I am also interested in the representation of biological nitrogen fixation in terrestrial biosphere models, specifically the Geophysical Fluid Dynamic Laboratory’s Land Model 4.
Placeholder picAnika Staccone
Ph.D. student
arp2195[at]columbia[dot]edu

Research interests: My research interests are in ecosystem ecology, specifically regarding soil nutrient availability and distribution. I hope to work on soil microbial processes, biofertilizers, and spatial modeling of nutrient distributions to better understand ecosystem conservation and land reclamation practices.
AH picAlex Huddell
Ph.D. student
amh2284[at]columbia[dot]edu

Research interests: My research explores biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology in agricultural systems. I'm interested in optimizing the use of nitrogen to maximize ecosystem services such as food production, nutrient cycling, and carbon storage, while minimizing the associated ecological and environmental costs of unwanted nutrient export such as eutrophication, greenhouse gas production, and biodiversity loss.
PA picPalani Akana
Ph.D. student
pra2116[at]columbia[dot]edu

Research interests: I study how nutrient dynamics within ecosystems transform, and are transformed by, the biotic structure and functioning of ecosystems. I am particularly interested in connecting ecological processes at different spatial scales, for example how the physiological processes of nutrient acquisition and use by individual plants relate to ecosystem-scale measures of productivity, diversity, and community composition. CV
Aria PereiraAria Pereira
Ph.D. student
kac2252[at]columbia[dot]edu

Savannah CooleySavannah Cooley
Ph.D. student
sc4751[at]columbia[dot]edu

Research interests: My research stems from my personal and professional mission of playing a role in mitigating climate change. In particular, I focus on characterizing the impact of land use practices on carbon, nitrogen, and water fluxes Currently I am a Co-Investigator for a NASA-SERVIR project in the Amazonia region. I investigate how canopy structure and aboveground carbon in primary and secondary forests as well as in agroforestry cocoa systems relate to biogeochemical cycling in the Peruvian Amazon. CV
Placeholder picIsobel Mifsud
M.A. student
im2501[at]columbia[dot]edu

Research interests: I am very excited about insect diversity and forest ecology, particularly deadwood-dependent beetles and their role in the processes of decomposition and nutrient cycling within temperate forest ecosystems. CV

Placeholder pic Lab Alumni
Amy WolfAmelia Wolf
Postdoc 2015-2018
Assistant Professor, UT Austin
amywolf[at]gmail[dot]com
Ben TaylorBenton Taylor
Ph.D. 2018
Assistant Professor, Harvard
Formerly postdoc, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
bentonneiltaylor[at]gmail[dot]com
TB picThomas Bytnerowicz
Ph.D. 2020
Stengl-Wyer Postdoc, UT Austin
tbytnero[at]gmail[dot]com
AQ picAndrew Quebbeman
Ph.D. 2021
Data Analyst, The Farmer's Dog
andrew.quebbeman[at]gmail[dot]com
Wenying LiaoWenying Liao
M.A. 2015
Postdoc, Harvard
Formerly Ph.D. student, Princeton
wenyingl[at]princeton[dot]edu
Emily JagerEmily Jager
M.A. 2019
NYC Parks Department and Walking Palms Global Health
eaj2145[at]columbia[dot]edu
Lex HelmsAlexa Helms
M.A. 2020
ah3597[at]columbia[dot]edu
Megan WilcotsMegan Wilcots
B.S. 2018
Ph.D. student, University of Minnesota
mew2210[at]columbia[dot]edu
Colleen SchmidtColleen Schmidt
B.S. 2020
cbs2166[at]columbia[dot]edu
Placeholder picPlaceholder pic Technicians, Visiting students, Interns, Post-Bacs, Student assistants
Kealohanuiopuna Kinney (V), Research Ecologist at IPIF, USFS
John Park (V), PhD student, U Florida
Elizabeth Min (I), PhD student at Columbia (DEES)
Franklin Román-Rodríguez (I), MA student at UPR Mayagüez
Emily Stuchiner (I), PhD student at Colorado State
Ashley Rector (I), undergrad at Ohio State
Andrew Quebbeman (T), data scientist
Rachel Arkebauer (T), software developer
Kaye Shek (T), PhD student at U Oregon
Andrés Salazar (T), PhD student at U Hawaii Manoa
Aria Pereira (T), PhD student at Columbia (E3B)
Alex Huddell (PB), PhD student at Columbia (E3B)
Taylor Hains (SA)
Emily Fratz (SA)
Kayley You-Mak (SA)
Richard Li (SA)
Anna Kaplan (SA)
John Hao (SA)
Connor Moore (SA)
Eleanor Pressman (SA)
Emily Utset (SA)
Elsie Platzer (SA)
Gabriela Jackson (SA)
Oreoluwa Solanke (SA)
Lynnette Chan (SA)
Livia Martinez (SA)
Emily Weisenberger (SA)




Menge Lab, E3B department, Columbia University
dm2972[at]columbia[dot]edu
, (212) 854-6889
10th floor, Schermerhorn Extension
1200 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY, 10027

Columbia University