Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
400 Lindy Boggs
New Orleans, LA 70118
in my lab focuses on the physiological and
ecosystem ecology of trees and carbon cycling in forested
focal point for this research is an improved understanding of forest
disturbance and recovery processes, and forest response to climatic and
atmospheric change. Most of this research has been carried out in
tropical forests of the Brazilian Amazon, in conjunction with Brazil's
Institute for Amazon Research (INPA)
NASA's Large-scale Biosphere Atmosphere experiment in Amazonia (LBA). Locally in the
Region, we are developing hurricane impact research projects in
hardwood and flooded swamp forests, and an experimental system for
sea level rise effects on coastal forest tree species. These
are funded by DOE National Institute of Climate Change Research
(NICCR) Coastal Center
Reforestation and carbon sequestration projects are also being
Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest with colleagues at the Instituto Ambiental
Rio Doce (IARVD) Linhares
Reserve. A number of new projects are using remote
to address landscape-scale questions (Chambers
et al. 2007)
research questions explored in my lab include:
factors influence how efficiently trees convert photosynthate into new
tissues and biomass?
carbon dioxide a limiting resource for old-growth tropical forests on
nutrient deficient soils?
do disturbances at the landscape-scale influence ecological processes
and species interactions?
are the physiological responses of coastal tree species to variable
salinity and water height?
assemblages of tree species are most effective for rapidly restoring
forests on degraded land in the tropics?
These and other research topics are further explored following the
links on the