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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 ArroyoEva 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 PereiraAria 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 CooleySavannah 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 trajectories influence ecosystem-atmosphere exchanges of carbon, nitrogen, and water. To investigate these exchanges, my work involves the use of a combination of remote sensing and process-based 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

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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?
Emma Lauterbach Emma Lauterbach
M.A. student

Research interests: I am interested in fire ecology and the role climate change plays in altering the natural fire regime. I'm currently studying how wildfires alter nutrients, hydrology, and permafrost in Arctic ecosystems.
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Amy WolfAmelia Wolf
Postdoc 2015-2018
Assistant Professor, UT Austin
Ben TaylorBenton Taylor
Ph.D. 2018
Assistant Professor, Harvard
Formerly postdoc, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
TB picThomas Bytnerowicz
Ph.D. 2020
Stengl-Wyer Postdoc, UT Austin
AQ picAndrew Quebbeman
Ph.D. 2021
Data Analyst, The Farmer's Dog
SKG picSian Kou-Giesbrecht
Ph.D. 2021
Postdoc, Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis
APS picAnika Staccone
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
Postdoctoral Fellow, U Maryland
Formerly ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow, EPA
PA picPalani Akana
Ph.D. 2022
Stanford University
Wenying LiaoWenying Liao
M.A. 2015
Sequoia Climate Foundation
Formerly Postdoc, Harvard; Ph.D. student, Princeton
Emily JagerEmily Jager
M.A. 2019
NYC Parks Department and Walking Palms Global Health
Lex HelmsAlexa Helms
M.A. 2020
IM picIsobel Mifsud
M.A. 2021
Megan WilcotsMegan Wilcots
B.S. 2018
Ph.D. student, University of Minnesota
Colleen SchmidtColleen Schmidt
B.S. 2020

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