Welcome to Duke's "Aquaterrestrial Biogeochemistry" Lab
In our lab we are broadly interested in 2 questions:
1. How do ecosystems retain and transform nutrients and energy? 2. How is the answer to Q1 changing as a result of human activities?
We study the movement of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus (and increasingly iron, sulfur, trace metals, and nanoparticles) within and between forests, floodplains, wetlands and streams. Our research takes place in Appalachian and Northeastern forests, the rapidly urbanizing NC piedmont, and the agricultural fields and wetlands of NC's coastal plain.
As a group and as individuals we strive to integrate our research across the classic divide between aquatic and terrestrial biogeochemistry.
We are also committed to placing our research in the context of ongoing political, legal and regulatory discussions about the protection and management of ecosystems.