M. Ross Alexander

Other Email:
Bannister 300A-2
Other Room:
Bannister 309


 My research focuses on understanding how the combination of climate and ecology influence forest growth and function, specifically how nutrients cycle through the forest.  I use tree rings as a tool to apply a timeline to forest processes and to study the interactions which occur at longer timescales.  I seek to understand the full lifecycle of the forest, from stand establishment, to gap-phase dynamics, through the decay process. In the past, my research has focused on applying a precise timeline to the physiochemical changes of decaying wood by applying tree-ring techniques to decayed samples.  Currently, I am generating aboveground biomass estimates at a network of flux tower sites across the US to gain a better understanding of how both climate and stand dynamics interact to affect tree growth and carbon allocation.