Resident Scientists

Anne E. Giblin, Interim Director, 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

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.

John E. Hobbie, Distinguished Scientist

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

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.

Bruce J. Peterson, Senior Scientist Emeritus

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.

Emil Ruff, Assistant Scientist

Interests: Mechanisms and pathways that govern community assembly and the establishment of trophic networks..

Gaius R. Shaver, Senior Scientist Emeritus

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 Scientist Emeritus

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

Jianwu Tang, Senior Scientist

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

Ivan Valiela, Distinguished 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.

Research Scientists

Inke Forbrich, Research Scientist

Interests: Ecosystem-atmosphere exchange of trace gases (water, carbon dioxide, methane) and its biological and environmental controls.

Javier Lloret, Research Scientist

Interests: Interactions between human activities in land and their impact on relevant ecological processes in the coastal zone.

Rut Pedrosa Pàmies, Research Scientist

Interests: Cycling of elements in the environment, especially the biogeochemistry of carbon.

Elena Lopez Peredo, Research Scientist

Interests: Adaptions associated with shifts between terrestrial and aquatic lifestyles during plant evolution.

MBL Fellows

Maureen H. Conte, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

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

Linda A. Deegan, Woods Hole Research Center

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.

Robert Howarth, Cornell University

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

Christopher Neill, Woods Hole Research Center

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

Mailing Address

The Ecosystems Center
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1015

Physical Address

CV Starr Environmental Laboratory
11 Albatross Street
Woods Hole, MA

Support Us

Support the Ecosystems Center with a gift to the MBL Annual Fund!