Faculty Advisors for EES Program
Ph.D. 2006, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Biogeochemistry and ecosystem analysis with emphasis on nutrient cycling and limitation. Interests include: ecosystem response and feedback to atmospheric and climate variation; watershed biogeochemistry; plant-soil interactions; natural abundance isotope analysis; ecosystem modeling; global change.
Ph.D. 1991, Montana State University
Research and teaching in the fields of conservation biology, landscape ecology, and restoration ecology. Areas of research include biodiversity assessment with remote sensing and GIS applications, spatial analysis, metapopulation dynamics, habitat fragmentation, population viability assessment, genetics of small populations, climate change, and grassland restoration.
Ph.D. 1983, University of Minnesota
Soil nutrient management and plant nutrition. Field research investigations on management and use of fertlizer inputs for improving crop yield and quality; water and environmental stress effects on crop nutrient requirements, yield, and quality; plant nutrition effects on disease and disease-like symptoms in wheat; and fertilizer management for maintaining environmental quality.
Ph.D. 2007, University of California, Berkeley
Isotope biogeochemistry of soils in the Earth system. Effects of disturbance (pollution, climate change) on soil-atmosphere and soil-hydrology interactions. Innovative use of multiple isotope systems to explore the interaction of geochemical, geomorphic, and biological processes in driving biogeochemical cycling in terrestrial environments.
Ph.D. 2014, University of Minnesota
Methods of optimizing forage establishment, quality, persistence, and production; forage/animal/soil interactions and relationships; livestock and equine grazing issues; promoting awareness of best forage-management practices; identifying and addressing any questions, issues, or opportunities identified by extension agents and producers regarding forage-based issues
Ph.D. 1985, University of Minnesota
Soil chemical processes important in agricultural systems and environmental sciences; fate and mobility of chemicals in the environment, and mechanisms of chemical adsorption, precipitation and dissolution in natural systems.
Ph.D. 1998, Montana State University
Developing educational resources and materials on soil fertility and nutrient management for county agents, crop advisers, producers, and other agricultural professionals; current primary research emphasis on soil fertility in cropping systems, nutrient management in conservation tillage systems, and soil testing.
Ph.D. 2009, University of Colorado
In the Jones lab, we study how ecological and stochastic factors govern microbial community assembly and how shifts in community composition alter community function. We combine observational and experimental approaches to investigate soil microbes, freshwater microbes, plant-microbe interactions, and insect-associated microbes. In almost all cases, we use high-throughput DNA sequencing to assess community membership (e.g. tagged 16S, metagenomics) and community function (e.g. metatranscriptomics). We routinely work with ecologists, evolutionary biologists, disease ecologists, conservation biologists, agriculturists, soil scientists, and computer scientists.
Ph.D 2007, University of Arizona
Effects of human activities on wildlife populations and communities (including invasive species, changes in land-use, disturbance regimes, and climatic patterns); plant-animal interactions; restoration ecology; quantitative ecology
Ph.D. 1990, Oregon State University
Invasive plant ecology in managed systems. Plant population and community ecology in agroecosystems and wildlands with an emphasis on applying science to solve management problems. Research approach often includes the use of simulation models to clarify and explore hypotheses associated with complex interactions associated with spatial and temporal plant population and community dynamics.
Ph.D. 1996, University of Massechusetts
Research and extension focused on integrated management of agricultural weeds. Understanding the mechanisms conditioning the abundance and distribution of annual and perennial weeds in agricultural systems. Weed population and community dynamics, crop-weed competition, herbicide resistance, and weed management in conventional and alternative cropping systems.
Ph.D. 1992, University of Minnesota
Development of diversified cropping systems under water-limited conditions to maintain or improve soil quality, economic returns and sustainable practices. Resource-use-efficiency in no-till and organic systems, spring and winter pulse crop agronomy, annual pea forage and green manure systems, and farming strategies for reducing green house gas emissions.
Ph.D. 1981, Colorado State University
Insect behavior and ecology, with particular reference to foraging, pollination, thermoregulation, and parental strategies; influence of land management practices on insect communities; biological constraints on insect population and community sampling.
Ph.D. 2009, Colorado School of Mines
Role of water movement in the structure and function of watershed ecosystems; integration of biogeochemical and hydrologic models; inference of watershed ecosystem behavior from spatially distributed stream water quality; influence of valley floor hydrologic systems on whole-watershed behavior and on stream-riparian ecosystem behavior.
Ph.D. 1995, University of Lincoln - Nebraska
Human and ecological risk assessments for agricultural technologies, physiological responses of plants to biotic stressors, plant-insect interactions, economic decision level theory and development, and integrated pest management theory.
Ph.D. 2000, University of Montana
Integrate knowledge to understand the spatial ecology of stream and river ecosystems. Diverse interests include Landscape Ecology, Stream Ecology, Forest Ecology, Hydrology, Geomorphology, and Hydrogeology. Most efforts relate to the study of flood plains and river networks in the emerging field of Fluvial Landscape Ecology.
Ph.D. 2004, Montana State University
Forest ecology and dynamics; integration of remote sensing data, GIS, and field data for ecological applications; modeling aboveground biomass and carbon sequestration; land cover and land use change analysis; invasive species monitoring.
Ph.D. 1988, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Weed physiology research centering on understanding how environmental, insect, and herbicide stresses influence crop and weed productivity. Emphasis on role of oxidative stress tolerance mechanisms in weed/crop interactions, and alkaloid biosynthesis by the locoweed/endophyte complex.
Ph.D. 2006, Duke University
Surface-atmosphere exchange of water, energy, and trace gases with an emphasis on plot scale measurements and regional and global scale synthesis. Specific interests including quantifying the impacts of land use change and climate change on the surface energy balance, the carbon cycle, and hydrology in temperate, boreal, and arctic ecosystems.
David W. Willey
Ph.D. 1998, Colorado State University
Ecology; population dynamics; habitat relationships; and management of avian species.
Ph.D. 1987, University of California-Davis
Utilizing viruses to understand viral diseases and as model systems to explore cell biology; combining biochemical and genetic approaches with the tools of molecular and structural biology to examine the interplay of viral and host gene products