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University-Led Projects

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) program supports a wide array of research projects at universities (and other nonprofit research entities) across the country and internationally.  University awards range from short-term, small-scale activities such as workshop support, to large, multi-investigator experimental and synthetic projects.  University projects are solicited through an annual Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and are selected based on input from peer review panels and evaluation of mission relevance. 

Current

See also: current University Award abstracts and Completed University Projects.

PI (Last Name) PI (First Name) Institution Project Start Project End Title Award
Berkelhammer Max University of Illinois, Chicago 9/1/2019 8/31/2021 Water foraging with dynamic roots in E3SM; The role of roots in terrestrial ecosystem memory on intermediate timescales $271,554.00
Brzostek Edward West Virginia University 9/15/2018 9/14/2021 Quantitative, trait-based microbial ecology to accurately model the impacts of nitrogen deposition on soil carbon cycling in the Anthropocene $732,177.00
Campbell John University of California, Merced 7/1/2014 6/30/2020 Scaling from Flux Towers to Ecosystem Models: Regional Constraints on Carbon Cycle Processes from Atmospheric Carbonyl Sulfide $1,045,721.00
Cardon Zoe Marine Biological Laboratory 9/1/2018 8/31/2020 Sticky roots -- implications of widespread, cryptic, viral infection of plants in natural and managed ecosystems for soil carbon processing in the rhizosphere $294,999.00
Cavaleri Molly Michigan Technological University 9/1/2018 8/31/2021 Effects of hurricane disturbance and increased temperature on carbon cycling and storage of a Puerto Rican forest: a mechanistic investigation of above- and belowground processes $314,394.00
Cusack Daniela University of California, Los Angeles 7/15/2016 7/14/2021 Consequences of Plant Nutrient Uptake for Soil Carbon Stabilization $985,383.00
DeAngelis Kristen University of Massachusetts, Amherst 8/15/2016 8/14/2020 Resolving Conflicting Physical and Biochemical Feedbacks to Climate in Response to Long-Term Warming $570,000.00
Feng Xue University of Minnesota 9/1/2018 8/31/2020 Peatland hydrology across scales: a probabilistic framework for confronting variability, heterogeneity, and uncertainty $255,585.00
Fraterrigo Jennifer University of Illinois, Chicago 8/1/2016 7/31/2020 Arctic Shrub Expansion, Plant Functional Trait Variation, and Effects on Belowground Carbon Cycling $578,910.00
Griffis Timothy University of Minnesota 9/1/2019 8/31/2022 Biophysical processes and feedback mechanisms controlling the methane budget of an Amazonian peatland $974,238.00
Keller Michael USDA Forest Service 9/1/2018 8/31/2021 Catastrophic Forest Disturbance and Regrowth in Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria:  Benchmarks for Earth System Models from Forest Inventory and Remote Sensing Measurements $376,072.00
Lilleskov Erik USDA Forest Service 9/1/2019 8/31/2022 Biophysical processes and feedback mechanisms controlling the methane budget of an Amazonian peatland $25,760.40
Matheny Ashley University of Texas, Austin 9/1/2019 8/31/2022 Exploring halophyte hydrodynamics and the role of vegetation traits on ecosystem response to disturbance at the terrestrial-aquatic interface $882,483.00
Medvigy David University of Notre Dame 9/1/2019 8/31/2022 Unraveling the Mechanisms of Below- And Aboveground Liana-Tree Competition in Tropical Forests $999,869.00
Megonigal Patrick Smithsonian Institution 8/1/2015 1/31/2020 Coastal Wetland Carbon Sequestration in a Warmer Climate $1,499,952.00
Megonigal Patrick Smithsonian Institution 9/1/2018 8/31/2021 Coastal Wetland Carbon Processes in a Warmer Climate $1,000,000.00
Morton Douglas NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 9/1/2018 8/31/2021 Catastrophic Forest Disturbance and Regrowth in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria:  Benchmarks for Earth System Models from Forest Inventory and Remote Sensing Measurements $123,884.00
Neumann Rebecca University of Washington 9/1/2018 8/31/2021 Effects of Rapid Permafrost Thaw on CO2 and CH4 Fluxes in a Warmer and Wetter Future $897,199.00
Nippert Jesse Kansas State University 9/1/2018 8/31/2021 Using root and soil traits to forecast woody encroachment dynamics in mesic grassland $998,261.00
Powers Jennifer University of Minnesota 8/1/2015 7/31/2020 Extrapolating carbon dynamics of seasonally dry tropical forests across geographic scales and into future climates: improving simulation models with empirical observations $1,350,000.00
Pries Caitlin Dartmouth College 9/1/2019 8/31/2022 Testing mechanisms of how mycorrhizal associations affect forest soil carbon and nitrogen cycling $959,995.00
Rawlins Michael University of Massachusetts Amherst 8/15/2018 8/14/2021 Quantifying Variability and Controls of Riverine Dissolved Organic Carbon Exported to Arctic Coastal Margins of North America $276,522.00
Reed Sasha US Geological Survey 9/1/2018 8/31/2021 Effects of hurricane disturbance and increased temperature on carbon cycling and storage of a Puerto Rican forest: a mechanistic investigation of above- and belowground processes $224,531.00
Schuur Edward Northern Arizona University 9/1/2019 8/31/2022 Coupled Long-Term Experiment and Model Investigation of the Differential Response of Plants and Soil Microbes in a Changing Permafrost Tundra Ecosystem $999,972.00
Waring Bonnie Utah State University 9/1/2019 8/31/2021 Leveraging synthetic root-soil systems to quantify relationships between plant traits and the formation of soil organic carbon $295,967.00
Wood Tana USDA Forest Service 9/1/2018 8/31/2021 Effects of hurricane disturbance and increased temperature on carbon cycling and storage of a Puerto Rican forest: a mechanistic investigation of above- and belowground processes $370,666.00

 

Completed

PI (Last Name) PI (First Name) Institution Project Start Project End Title Award
Baldocchi Dennis University of California Berkeley 8/15/2014 8/14/2018 Connecting AmeriFlux to the Globe, Extending the Partnership with Global Flux Network FLUXNET $882,078.00
Barnard Holly University of Colorado, Boulder 9/15/2011 3/14/2016 Carbon-Water Cycling in the Critical Zone:  Understanding Ecosystem Process Variability Across Complex Terrain $647,020.00
Belnap Jayne U.S. Geological Survey 5/15/2013 5/14/2014 Climate Change in Arid Lands $224,600.00
Berry Joe Carnegie Institute of Washington 1/1/2014 12/31/2018 Collaborative Research on Ecophysiological Controls on Amazonian Precipitation Seasonality and Variability $451,784.00
Bowling David University of Utah 9/1/2013 8/31/2018 Multi-scale Carbon Cycle Observations and Ecosystem Process Modeling at Niwot Rid $955,445.00
Bridgham Scott University of Oregon 6/15/2012 6/15/2016 Understanding the Mechanisms Underlying Heterotrophic CO2 and CH4 Fluxes in a Peatland with Deep Soil Warming and Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment $1,047,425.00
Cardon Zoe Marine Biological Laboratory 6/15/2012 6/14/2016 Hydraulic Redistribution of Water Through Plant Roots - Implications for Carbon Cycling and Energy Flux at Multiple Sites $1,048,327.00
Cavaleri Molly Michigan Technological University 7/1/2014 6/30/2019 Effects of warming on tropical forest carbon cycling: investigating temperature regulation of key tropical tree and soil processes $776,935.00
Classen Aimee University of Tennessee 9/1/2013 6/1/2018 Incorporating Rhizosphere Interactions and Soil Physical Properties into a Soil Carbon Degradation Model through Experimenting Across Ecotypes $905,433.00
Curtis Peter Ohio State University 9/1/2011 12/31/2014 Forecasting Carbon Storage as Eastern Forests Age: Joining Experimental and Modeling Approaches at the UMBS Ameriflux Site $1,030,767.00
Davidson Eric Woods Hole Research Center 9/15/2011 9/14/2015 Partitioning CO2 Fluxes With Isotopologues Measurements and Modeling to Understand Mechansims of Forest Carbon Sequestration $275,060.00
Day Frank Old Dominion University 6/15/2012 12/14/2014 Advancing Understanding of the Role of Belowground Processes in Terrestrial Carbon Sinks Through Ground-Penetrating Radar $149,999.00
Domec Jean-Christophe North Carolina State University 9/1/2011 8/31/2015 Quantifying the Effect of Nighttime Interactions Between Roots and Canopy Physiology and Their Control of Water and Carbon Cycling on Feedbacks Between Soil Moisture and Terrestrial Climatology under Variable Environmental Conditions $462,546.00
Dukes Jeffrey Purdue University 7/1/2012 6/30/2015 Climate Change Feedbacks from Interactions Between New and Old Carbon $171,981.00
Dunn Robert North Carolina State University 1/1/2012 12/31/2013 Impacts of Elevated Temperature on Ant Species, Communities and Ecological Roles at Two Temperate Forests in Eastern North America $721,000.00
Dye Dennis U.S. Geological Survey 1/1/2014 12/31/2016 Understanding the Response of Photosynthetic Metabolism in Tropical Forests to Seasonal Climate Variations $410,344.00
Ehleringer James University of Utah 9/1/2013 8/31/2017 Confronting Models with Regional CO2 Observations $1,048,742.00
Eissenstat David Pennsylvania State University 7/1/2014 6/30/2018 Linking topographic variation in belowground C processes with hydrological processes to improve Earth system models $1,050,000.00
Fendorf Scott Stanford University 9/1/2013 12/31/2016 Spatial Variation in Microbial Processes Controlling Carbon Mineralization within Soils and Sediments $900,857.00
Finzi Adrien Boston University 7/1/2014 6/30/2018 Effects of Experimental Warming and Elevated CO2 on CO2 and CH4 Fluxes in an Ombrotrophic Black-Spruce $390,825.00
Fisher Joshua University of California, Los Angeles 7/15/2012 7/31/2017 Nutrient Cycle Impacts on Forest Ecosystem Carbon Cycling: Improved Prediction of Climate Feedbacks From Coupled C-Nutrient Dynamics From Ecosystem to Regional Scales $1,044,839.00
Genereux David North Carolina State University 9/15/2011 9/14/2016 Water-Carbon Links in a Tropical Forest: How Interbasin Groundwater Flow Affects Carbon Fluxes and Ecosystem Carbon Budgets $788,331.00
Gentine Pierre Columbia University 1/1/2014 12/31/2017 Collaborative Research on Ecophysiological Controls on Amazonian Precipitation Seasonality and Variability $527,758.00
Germino Matthew U.S. Geological Survey 8/1/2012 9/30/2016 Subalpine and Alpine Species Range Shifts with Climate Change: Temperature and Soil Moisture Manipulations to Test Species & Population Responses $68,003.00
Gonzalez-Meler Miquel University of Illinois, Chicago 9/1/2011 11/30/2016 Permafrost Thawing and Vegetation Change Effects on Cryoturbation Rates and C and CH4 Dynamics $1,034,150.00
Goulden Michael University of California , Irvine 5/1/2008 4/30/2015 Physiological Demographic Competitive And Biogeochemical Controls On The Response Of California's Ecosystems To Environmental Change $1,852,586.00
Hayes Daniel University of Maine 12/15/2015 12/14/2018 Model-Data Fusion Approaches for Retrospective and Predictive Assessment of the Pan-Arctic Scale Permafrost Carbon Feedback to Global Climate $150,000.00
Hinkle Charles University of Central Florida 7/1/2012 6/30/2019 Carbon Dynamics of the Greater Everglades Watershed and Implications of Climate Change $972,678.00
Hofmockel Kirsten Iowa State University 8/1/2012 7/31/2017 Can Microbial Ecology and Mycorrhizal Functioning Inform Climate Change Models? $707,704.00
Hollinger David USDA Forest Service 9/1/2011 8/31/2015 Supporting Carbon Cycle and Earth Systems Modeling with Measurements and Analysis from the Howland AmeriFlux Site $349,815.00
Hungate Bruce Climate Wise Solutions 7/15/2012 7/14/2014 Synthesis of Scrub-Oak Ecosystem Responses to Elevated CO2 $91,094.00
Ivanov Valeriy University of Michigan 1/1/2014 12/31/2018 Understanding the Response of Photosynthetic Metabolism in Tropical Forests to Seasonal Climate Variation $1,339,508.00
Katul Gabriel Duke University 9/1/2011 8/31/2016 Constraining the Simultaneous Effects of Elevated CO2, Temperature, and Shifts in Rainfall Patterns on Ecosystem Carbon Fluxes using Multi-Scale Resource $826,270.00
Keeling Ralph Scripps Institute of Oceanography 7/1/2014 6/30/2017 Measurements and modeling of CO2 concentration and isotopes to improve process-level understanding of Arctic and boreal carbon cycling $1,050,000.00
Kostka Joel Georgia Tech 9/15/2011 9/14/2015 The Response of Soil Carbon Storage and Microbially Mediated Turnover to Simulated Climatic Disturbance in a Northern Peatland Forest: Revisiting the Concept of Soil Organic Matter Recalcitrance $822,625.00
Kostka Joel Georgia Tech 7/1/2014 6/30/2018 Toward a predicitive understanding of the response of belowground microbial carbon turnover to climate change drivers in a boreal peatland $1,019,995.00
Kueppers Lara University of California, Merced 8/1/2012 7/31/2017 Subalpine And Alphine Species Range Shifts With Climate Change: Temperature & Soil Moisture Manipulations To Test Species & Population Responses $1,231,277.00
Law Beverly Oregon State University 7/1/2014 6/30/2017 Carbon Dynamics within urban-suburban-forested-agricultural landscapes $430,634.00
Law Beverly Oregon State University 9/15/2010 9/14/2015 The Effects of Climate, Forest Age, and Disturbance History on Carbon and Water Processes at Ameriflux Sites Across Gradients in Pacific Northwest Forests $1,049,381.00
Lee Jung-Eun Brown University 1/1/2014 12/31/2017 Collaborative Research on Ecophysiological Controls on Amazonian Precipitation Seasonality and Variability $524,941.00
Lintner Benjamin Rutgers University 1/1/2014 12/31/2017 Collaborative Research on Ecophysiological Controls on Amazonian Precipitation Seasonality and Variability $113,983.00
Litvak Marcy University of New Mexico 6/15/2012 6/14/2017 Determining The Impact Of Forest Mortality In Semi-Arid Woodlands On Local And Regional Carbon Dynamics $1,129,113.00
Luo Yiqi University of Oklahoma 7/1/2012 6/30/2017 Data Synthesis and Data Assimilation at Global Change Experiments and Fluxnet Toward Improving Land Process Models $1,050,000.00
Megonigal Patrick Smithsonian Institution 8/1/2012 5/31/2017 Archiving Data to Support Data synthesis of DOE Sponsored Elevated CO2 Experiments $203,608.00
Megonigal Patrick Smithsonian Institution 6/15/2014 12/31/2015 Sources, Sinks and Processes Regulating Cryptic Methane Emissions from Upland Ecosystems $34,575.00
Melillo Jerry Marine Biological Laboratory 1/1/2012 12/31/2014 Effects Of Warming On Tree Species' Recruitment In Deciduous Forests Of The Eastern United States $461,006.00
Melillo Jerry Marine Biological Laboratory 9/1/2013 8/31/2018 Changes in Soil Carbon Dynamics in Response to Long-Term Soil Warming - Integration Across Scales from Cells to Ecosystems $1,049,999.00
Moorcroft Paul Harvard University 9/15/2011 9/14/2015 Partitioning CO2 Fluxes with Isotopologue Measurements and Modeling to Understand Mechanisms of Forest Carbon Sequestration $224,915.00
Morton Douglas NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 5/15/2016 3/31/2019 NASA Contribution To NGEE Tropics $526,007.00
Neumann Rebecca University of Washington 7/15/2013 7/14/2019 Methane Oxidation in the Rhizosphere of Wetland Plants $750,000.00
Oren Ram Duke University 8/1/2009 12/31/2015 DUKE FOREST FACE - Forest-Atmosphere Carbon Transfer And Storage (FACTS-I) $1,970,107.00
Pendall Elise University of Wyoming 9/15/2011 9/14/2015 Direct, Indirect and Interactive Effects of Warming and Elevated CO2 on Grassland Carbon Metabolism $1,044,170.00
Pockman William University of New Mexico 3/15/2009 3/14/2015 Hydraulic Mechanisms Of Survival And Mortality During Drought In Pinon Juniper Woodlands Of Southwestern USA $2,319,408.00
Reed Sasha US Geological Survey 9/1/2013 8/31/2018 Dryland Feedbacks to Future Climate Change: How Species Mortality and Replacement will Affect Coupled Biogeochemical Cycles and Energy Balance $1,049,357.00
Reed Sasha US Geological Survey 7/1/2014 6/30/2019 Effects of warming on tropical forest carbon cycling: investigating temperature regulation of key tropical tree and soil processes $172,065.00
Reich Peter University of Minnesota 8/1/2011 7/31/2018 Climate Change Impacts At The Temperate-Boreal Ecotone:  Interactions Between Warming And Precipitation $2,528,252.00
Resh Sigrid Michigan Technological University 9/1/2011 8/31/2014 Interactive Effects of Climate Change and Decomposer Communities on the Stabilization of Wood-Derived Carbon Pools:  Catalyst for a New Study $149,397.00
Richardson Andrew Harvard University 8/15/2014 8/14/2017 Modeling the temporal dynamics of nonstructural carbohydrate pools in forest trees $149,998.00
Richardson Andrew Harvard University 9/1/2012 8/31/2015 Improving Models to Predict Phenological Responses to Global Change $40,560.00
Richardson Curtis Duke University 8/1/2014 7/31/2018 Phenolic Compounds and Black Carbon Feedback Controls on Peat Decomposition and Carbon Accumulation in Southeastern Peat $994,906.00
Roberts Scott Mississippi State University 9/1/2011 8/31/2014 Exploratory Research - Using Volatile Organic Compounds to Separate Heterotrophic and Autotrophic Forest Soil Respiration $149,978.00
Saleska Scott University of Arizona 9/15/2011 9/14/2015 Partitioning CO2 Fluxes with Isotopologue Measurements and Modeling to Understand Mechanisms of Forest Carbon Sequestration $274,903.00
Schuur Edward Northern Arizona University 8/1/2015 7/31/2016 Effects of Warming the Deep Soil and Permafrost on Ecosystem Carbon Balance in Alaskan Tundra: A Coupled Measurement and Modeling Approach $28,847.59
Schuur Edward Northern Arizona University 8/1/2015 7/31/2019 Regional Vulnerability of Permafrost Carbon to Climate Change: A Multifactor Experiment and Model Network $1,409,666.00
Silver Whendee University of California, Berkeley 9/1/2013 8/31/2018 Determining the Drivers of Redox Sensitive Biogeochemistry in Humid Tropical Forests $869,143.00
Smith Melinda Yale University 12/15/2009 12/14/2013 Bridging the Divide: Linking Genomics to Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change $560,029.00
Sumner David U.S. Geological Survey 7/1/2012 6/30/2015 Carbon Dynamics of the Greater Everglades Watershed and Implications of Climate Change $40,000.00
Tang Jianwu Marine Biological Laboratory 9/1/2011 8/31/2013 Quantifying the Control of Plant Photosynthesis on Root Respiration by Measuring and Manipulating Photosynthate Transport Rates in the Tree Phloem $149,805.00
Teixeira Kristina Smithsonian Institution 6/1/2013 10/31/2015 Carbon Dynamics of Forest Recovery Under a Changing Climate: Forcings, Feedbacks, and Implications for Earth System Modeling $153,155.00
Tharayil Nishanth Clemson University 9/1/2013 3/31/2016 Rigid Nanostructured Organic Polymer Monolith for In Situ Collection and Analysis of Plant Metabolites from Soil Matrices $127,497.00
Trettin Carl USDA Forest Service 8/1/2016 7/31/2019 Wood decomposition and mineral soil C: using the d13C signature in FACE wood to measure the contribution of dead wood to mineral soil C pools $598,213.00
Trowbridge Amy HyPerspectives, Inc. 9/1/2013 8/31/2016 Above and Belowground Connections and Species Interactions: Controls Over Ecosystem Fluxes

$150,000.00
Wallenstein Matthew Colorado State University 9/1/2013 8/31/2017 Understanding Litter Input Controls on Soil Organic Matter Turnover and Formation are Essential for Improving Carbon-Climate Feedback Predictions for Arctic, Tundra Ecosystems $940,996.00
Wieder William University of Colorado, Boulder 8/1/2015 7/31/2018 Benchmarking and Improving Microbial-explicit Soil Biogeochemistry Models $497,780.00
Wofsy Steven Harvard University 7/15/2012 7/14/2016 Fluxes of CO2, CH4, CO, BVOCs, NOx and O3 in An Old Growth Amazonian Forest: Ecosystem Processes, Carbon Cycle, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Feedbacks on Climate $1,048,187.00
Fisher Joshua University of California, Los Angeles 8/15/2016 8/14/2019 The Carbon-Nutrient Economy of the Rhizosphere: Improving Biogeochemical Prediction and Scaling Feedbacks From Ecosystem to Regional Scales $599,834.00
Keller Jason Chapman University 8/1/2015 7/31/2019 Understanding Mechanistic Controls Of Heterotrophic CO2 and CH4 Fluxes In A Peatland With Deep Soil Warming And Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment $1,495,783.00
Strand Allan College of Charleston 8/1/2015 7/31/2019 Effects of fine-root senescence upon soil communities and nutrient flux into soil pools $149,933.00

 


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