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 Students
Chad Backsen

Chad Backsen, M.S. Student, 2014 - present

Chad earned a B.S. degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. His research focuses on modeling forest stand dyanmics under climate change.

Matt Candeias

Matt Candeias, Ph.D. Student, 2015 - present

Matt earned his M.A. in ecology from SUNY Buffalo State. His research will focus on investigating niche conservatism in plant communities through the lens of phylogeny and competition. The goal is to better understand how evolution and community composition relate to ecosystem functioning.

Kelsey Ream

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

Kelsey earned a B.S. degree from Allegheny College. Her 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 climate change and plant water relations in forested landscapes managed with prescribed fire.

Ron Salemme

Ron Salemme, Ph.D. Student, 2015 - present

Ron earned his B.S. in Forestry from Humboldt State University and his M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois. His work focuses on the interactive effects of non-native grass invasion and prescribed burning on tree regeneration, and prescribed burning effects on carbon cycling in eastern deciduous forests.

Sam Stickley

Sam Stickley, Ph.D. Student, 2015 - present

Sam earned his B.S. degree from Colorado State University and his M.S. in Environmental Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. His research utilizes geospatial data to assess how landscapes and ecosystems are being affected by anthropogenic stressors and climate change. His goal is to prioritize conservation efforts by better understanding the distribution of species throughout changing landscapes.

Lab Alumni
Stephanie Wagner

Stephanie Wagner, M.S. Student, 2011 - 2015

Stephanie earned a B.S. degree from Drake University. Her research addressed the interaction beween prescribed fire and invasion by the exotic grass Microstegium vimineum in southern Illinois. Stephanie is now a staff scientist for Illinois State Geological Survey.

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. Matt is now a Ph.D. student at Indiana Universty in Bloomington.

Jinna Larkin

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

Jinna received a B.S. degree from McGill University. She used remote sensing imagery to examine temporal changes in water quality parameters in the Hudson River. She is curently employed as a GIS analyst.

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. After finising her degree, Corinne spent three years working as a technician at the USDA Forest Service Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in Franklin, NC. She now lives in Bend, OR.