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Understanding and predicting the complex behaviors of Earth's natural systems.
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Jianwu (Jim) Tang

It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Jianwu (Jim) Tang, a senior scientist in the Ecosystems Center, who died on January 4, 2023, in Shanghai, China after a long illness. 

Jim studied ecosystem biogeochemistry, soil-plant-atmosphere interactions, and global change ecology and focused his work on the impacts of climate change and human activities on ecosystem processes and functions, in particular greenhouse gas emissions from agro-ecosystems and wetlands and their responses to management and disturbance. He had numerous projects in the Arctic, at Harvard Forest, and in salt marshes on Cape Cod and Plum Island. 

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Jianwu (Jim) Tang measures greenhouse gas emissions from a salt marsh in Waquoit Bay, Mashpee, Massachusetts.
The Jerry M. Melillo Directorship in Environmental Science

The Marine Biological Laboratory proudly announces the decision to name the directorship of the Semester in Environmental Science program the Jerry M. Melillo Directorship in Environmental Science, an endowed fund.

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