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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. CV

Contact: dm2972[at]columbia[dot]edu, (212) 854-6889, @DuncanMenge
DM pictureAmelia 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 coupl
ed mutualisms to indirect complementarity between species. 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
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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. 
Placeholder picSian Kou-Giesbrecht
Ph.D. student

Research interests:
My research interests are ecosystem ecology, ecosystem theory, and global change. Specifically, I'm interested in how nitrogen-fixing trees promote both carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions, and their net cooling vs. warming effect under increasing nitrogen deposition and climate change. CV
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Ph.D. student

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. Website
AH picAlex Huddell
Ph.D. student

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. CV
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Ph.D. student

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
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M.A. student

Research interests: My background is in environmental policy and biology. My research interests are broadly in forest ecology with the goal of influencing or supporting environmental policy or stewardship. I am currently working on a project looking at the mechanisms that influence the distribution of nitrogen fixing trees and a project looking at the effects of wildfires on soil nutrient cycling in a partnership to establish a UN-REDD+ carbon credit system in southern Chile's protected area forests.
Placeholder picAlexa Helms
M.A. student

Research interests: My research interests include dendrology, conservation biology, forest ecology, and global change. I'd like to pursue the effects of greenhouse gases as they cycle through a forest ecosystem. Website

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PhD students

Benton Taylor, postdoc at SERC

MA students
Wenying Liao, PhD student at Princeton

Technicians, Visiting students
, Interns, Post-Bacs Kealohanuiopuna Kinney (V), Research Ecologist at IPIF, USFS
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), PhD student at Columbia (E3B)
Rachel Arkebauer (T), software developer
Kaye Shek (T), PhD student at U Oregon
Andrés Salazar (T), PhD student at U Hawaii Manoa
Alex Huddell (PB), PhD student at Columbia (E3B)

Taylor Hains, Emily Fratz, Kayley You-Mak, Richard Li, Anna Kaplan, John Hao, Megan Wilcots (PhD student at U Minnesota), Connor Moore, Eleanor Pressman, Emily Utset

Menge Lab, E3B department, Columbia University
, (212) 854-6889
10th floor, Schermerhorn Extension
1200 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY, 10027

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