Faculty

In-Residence

Christopher Neill

Director, Ecosystems Center
Director, Brown-MBL Graduate Program Partnership
Senior Scientist

Interests: Forest and grassland biogeochemistry, conservation biology; coastal plain ponds and grassland restoration on Martha’s Vineyard (MA) and deforestation in Brazil.

Zoe G. Cardon

Senior Scientist

Interests: To understand how biogeochemical cycles have dramatically affected, and been dramatically affected by, evolutionary changes in the anatomy and physiology of organisms on Earth, and by the ecological interplay of those organisms above- and below-ground in complex mutualisms, symbioses and food webs.

Maureen H. Conte

Adjunct Associate Scientist

Interests: Multi-disciplinary research on ocean and terrestrial carbon cycle processes using a variety of geochemical and isotopic techniques.

Linda A. Deegan

Senior Scientist

Interests: Role of animals in ecosystems, stable isotopes and food webs; conducts research on Brazilian streams and at Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites at Plum Island (MA) and the Arctic.

Anne E. Giblin

Senior Scientist

Interests: Biogeochemistry; N, P, S and metal cycling in aquatic and wetland ecosystems; conducts research in Boston Harbor, Arctic LTER at Toolik Lake, Alaska, and in tropical watersheds and mangroves in Panama. Lead principal investigator Plum Island (MA) LTER

John E. Hobbie

Senior Scholar

Interests: Microbial ecology of aquatic ecosystems, mycorrhizae in soils, stable isotopes;conducts research at Arctic LTER in Toolik, Alaska.

David S. Johnson

Assistant Research Scientist
Interests: Coastal wetlands including mangrove and salt marsh ecology, marine invertebrate ecology, community ecology

Jerry M. Melillo

Distinguished Scientist

Interests: Understanding impacts of human activities on the biogeochemistry of ecological systems using a combination of field studies and simulation modeling; conducts research at Harvard Forest LTER.

James Nelson

Assistant Research Scientist
Interests: Fish related components of marine ecosystems.

Bruce J. Peterson

Senior Scholar

Interests: Water balance in Arctic and Siberian rivers, abrupt climate change, aquatic biogeochemistry, stable isotopes, element cycling; conducts research at Arctic and Plum Island LTER sites and Russia

Edward B. Rastetter

Senior Scientist

Interests: Mathematical land computer simulation of ecosystem element cycles and climate effects, multiple element limitation.

Gaius R. Shaver

Senior Scientist

Interests: Physiological ecology of plants, role of plant species in Arctic ecosystem function, climate change; lead principal investigator at Arctic LTER.

Paul A. Steudler

Senior Research Scholar

Interests: The responses of temperate and tropical forest ecosystems to disturbance.

Jianwu Tang

Assistant Scientist

Interests: Plant-soil interactions, measuring and modeling element cycling and respiration in soils, climate change.

Ivan Valiela

Senior Research Scientist

Interests: Function, structure and controls on coastal ecosystems, land-sea couplings, impacts of urbanization and deforestation on coastal ecosystems, management of coastal environments, international environmental policy.

Joseph J. Vallino

Senior Scientist

Interests: Mathematical simulation of microbial dynamics, coupled physical-biological models of estuaries, ecological engineering; conducts research at Plum Island LTER and Waquoit Bay.

Nathan Wilson

Director, EOL Biodiversity Informatics
Associate Research Scientist

Interests: Computers, fungi and citizen science.

Not In-Residence

Hugh W. Ducklow

Adjunct Senior Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Interests: Ecosystems ecology, marine and global biogeochemistry, microbial ecology.

Robert Howarth

Adjunct Senior Scientist, Cornell University

Interests: Biogeochemistry and ecosystem science, applied to a wide variety of both theoretical and practical questions.