Erica Smithwick

I work at the interface of landscape and ecosystem ecology, focusing on the influence of spatial patterns on ecosystem function. I explore how fire patterns (e.g., “pyrogeography”) influence soil biogeochemistry and carbon storage. In the face of increasing concern about fire in human-dominated landscapes, the understanding of the causes and ecological consequences of fire is critical to local and landscape level management. As such, my research is relevant to landscape-level conservation management as well as global change biology.

Elizabeth W. Boyer

As a hydrologist, my research explores how natural and anthropogenic factors affect water -- in streams, lakes, aquifers, rivers, and estuaries. Understanding processes that affect status and trends of water quality remains a grand challenge; given the need to represent elemental cycles within diverse landscapes, and to characterize spatial and temporal variability. I approach this from an interdisciplinary perspective, and have worked with over 300 collaborators from around the world on my publications about watersheds and water resources.

Donald Davis

My general projects are directed towards determining the etiology of hardwood tree diseases and evaluating forest health in the Northeast. Specific current projects include: relative susceptibility of forest plants to ozone; temporal and spatial trends of mercury accumulation in the forest; biocontrol of artillery fungi (Sphaerobolus spp.) using spent mushroom compost; and biocontrol of tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) using Verticillium. Teaching activities include the undergraduate course “Diseases of Forest and Shade Trees” and giving guest lectures.