Principal Investigator
Jen Fraterrigo

Jen Fraterrigo, Assistant Professor

My work is motivated by a desire to understand the ecological mechanisms that underpin effects of environmental change on bigeochemical cycles and vegetation distributions in diverse settings so that we can better predict the consequences of human activities for the structure and function of ecosystems at the landscape scale. My goal is to derive knowledge that will contribute to our ability to manage ecosystems under changing conditions. I encourage systems-based approaches to science and interdisciplinary perspectives in my lab. My research efforts span multiple spatial scales, from microbes to landscapes, and take advatage of various tools, from lab assays to computer-based simulation and process models.


Current Graduate Students
Matthew Carter

Matthew Carter, Ph.D. Student, 2013 - present

Matthew earned a B.A. degree from St. John's College. He is working on an interdisciplinary project that addresses the problem of targeting lands for conservation under climate uncertainty.

Kelsey Ream

Kelsey Ream, M.S. Student, 2013 - present

Kesley earned a B.S. degree from Allegheny College. He research focuses on the effects of nitrogen deposition and hemlock decline on carbon cycling in southern Appalachian forests.

Tyler Refsland

Tyler Refsland, Ph.D. Student, 2013 - present

Tyler earned a B.S. degree from St. Olaf College. His work focuses on trade-offs in ecosystem services and the role of plant traits for predicting service delivery in a mixed-ownership landscape managed with prescribed fire.

Stephanie Wagner

Stephanie Wagner, M.S. Student, 2011 - present

Stephanie earned a B.S. degree from Drake University. Her research aims to identify the environmental and landscape variables that influence the performance and spread of the exotic invasive grass Microstegium vimineum at multiple spatial scales.

Lab Alumni
Matt craig

Matt Craig, M.S. Student, 2011-2014

Matt received a B.S. degree from Augustana College. His research addressed the effects of exotic plant invasion on carbon and nitrogen cycling in temperate forests.

Jinna Larkin

Jinna Larkin, M.S. Student, 2010-2014

Jinna received a B.S. degree from McGill University. She is using remote sensing imagery to examine temporal changes of aquatic DOC in the Hudson River.

Jackie Krall

Jackie Krall, M.S. Student, 2010-2012

Jackie studied the role of seed removal in exotic plant invasions in long-leaf pine ecosystems. She is currently employed as an environmental consultant by Apex Environmental Consultants in Lenexa, KS.

Corinne Block

Corinne Block, M.S. Student, 2009-2011

Corinne studied the effects of hemlock loss on nitrogen and phosphorus cycling along a nitrogen deposition/availability gradient in western North Carolina. She is currently working at the USDA Forest Service Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in Franklin, NC.