Ecology, Evolution, and Genomics in Changing Environments
Training in Integrative Biology - Supported by the U.S. Department of Education
Ecosystem Ecology

Linking Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems in Ecosystem Ecology. Many processes that have major effects on natural systems occur at ecosystem levels, some of which operate at large spatial scales.  Nutrient cycling is a main focus of some of our group. 

Blair studies N-cycling in grasslands in the context of global environmental change with an emphasis on soil processes. In addition, he leads the Konza LTER program. 

Briggs studies plant ecology especially the role of fire and grazing in grasslands and most recently his main research area has been the expansion of woody vegetation into grasslands. He is the Director of Konza Prairie Biological Station.

Dodds also studies N-cycling with an emphasis on aquatic responses, especially in streams. He is co-founder of the continental-scale LINX project on N-movement in U.S. streams. 

Gido focuses on the constraints of consumers and community structure to nutrient cycling, in part by studying the role of fish in regulating nutrient cycling. Efforts also aim to understand patterns of fish species coexistence in changing environments.