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Walter C. Oechel Ph.D.
Email: oechel@sunstroke.sdsu.edu

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 Biographic Sketch 

Name:                              Oechel, Walter C. 

Birthdate:                        15 January 1945

Birthplace:                      San Diego, California

Education:                       B.A., San Diego State University, San Diego, California, 1966
Organization for Tropical Studies, Tropical Ecology
Course, Costa Rica, Summer 1967
Duke University, 1969-1970, Predoctoral Research
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, California, 1970


 Professional Experience

2004-date                          Adjunct Professor, CICESE (Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada)

2001-date                          Adjunct Professor, CIBNOR (Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste)

1999-date                          Coordinator, Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology, San Diego State University

1999-date                          Science Faculty, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education

1993-date                          Director, Global Change Research Group, San Diego State University.

1983-date                          Professor, Biology Department, San Diego State University.

1982-1987                         Director, Systems Ecology Research Group, San Diego State University.

1982-1986                         Member, Watershed Research Advisory Committee, University of California.

1982-1986                         Member, Watershed Management Task Force,
County of San Diego, Department of Agriculture.

1982-1983                         Chairman, Physiological Ecology Section, Ecological Society of America.

 1980-1987                         Director, Biological Field Stations, San Diego State University.

 1978-1982                         Research Professor, Systems Ecology Research Group, San Diego State University.

 1976-1978                         Visiting Research Professor, Systems Ecology Research Group, San Diego State University.

 1975-1978                         Associate Professor, Biology Department, McGill University.   Tenured 1978.

 1970-1975                         Assistant Professor, Biology Department, McGill University.

 1967-1970                         NDEA Fellow, Department of Life Sciences, University of California, Riverside.

 1967-1968                         Research Assistant, Department of Life Sciences, University of California, Riverside.

 1967                                 National Science Foundation Fellowship to attend Organization for Tropical Studies Summer Tropical Ecology Course, Costa Rica.

 1966-1967                         Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Life Sciences, University of California, Riverside.

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Selected Research Experience

1998-2004                         Principal Investigator. Regional Variability in Carbon and Fluxes: Towards a Global Synthesis. National Science Foundation—Land Atmosphere Ice Interactions, Arctic System Science.  May 1, 1998-April 31, 2004.  $2,955,191.

2003-2004                         Principal Investigator.  Educational Program for Atmospheric Science Education in the San Diego/Tijuana/Ensenada Border Region. Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC).  July 1, 2003-June 30, 2004.  $15,000.

2002                                 Principal Investigator. Interaction of the Pacific Atmosphere-Ocean System on Circum-Pacific Carbon Balance. International Arctic Research Consortium.  July 1-December 31, 2002. $69,993.

2001-2004                         Co-Principal Investigator.  Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB).  National Science Foundation.  June 1, 2000-August 31, 2004.  $305,965.

2001-2004                         Principal Investigator.  Long Term Patterns of and Controls on Inter- and Intra-annual Variability in CO2 Flux in the Alaskan Arctic.  National Science Foundation—Office of Polar Programs.  September 1, 2001-August 31, 2004.  $573,225.

2001-2002                         Principal Investigator.  Extrapolation of leaf and stand level CO2 and H2O flux measurements to the regional level in a Mediterranean Ecosystem under current and elevated CO2 concentrations. National Institute for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC), WESTGEC. July 1, 2001-June 30, 2002.  $80,000.

2000-2003                         Principal Investigator.  Construction of Mobile Flux Platform. Institute of Agrometeorology and Environmental Analysis (IATA).  July 1, 2000-June 30, 2003. $130,000.

2000-2002                         Co-Principal Investigator. Principal Investigator: W. Timothy Hushen, SDSU. Feedbacks on Global Change from Arctic Terrestrial Ecosystems.  International Arctic Science Committee (IARC).  April 18, 2000-April 30, 2002. $85,000.

2000-2002                         Co-Principal Investigator.  Principal Investigator: Kathy Williams, SDSU. Enhancement of Undergraduate Biology Curriculum Instruction in Ecology and Global Change. National Science Foundation—Undergraduate Curriculum: CCLI.  January 1, 2000-December 31, 2002.  $79,839.

1999-2003                         Principal Investigator.  GK-12: K-6 Science Corps Fellow for the San Diego PISCES Project.  National Science Foundation. September 1, 1999-August 31, 2003. $1,511,522.

2000-2001                         Co-Principal Investigator. Principal Investigator: Kathy Williams, SDSU. FSML: Data Management and Communication Enhancement at San Diego State University Field Stations. National Science Foundation—Biological Infrastructure: FSML.  Oct. 1, 2000-Sept. 30, 2001. $39,130.

2000-2001                         Principal Investigator.  Mobile Flux Platform Training.  Lund University. Dec. 1, 2000-Nov. 30, 2001. $30,000.

2000-2001                         Principal Investigator.  Coastal Sage Restoration Project.  Synagro West, Inc. Sept. 1, 2000-Aug. 30, 2001. $10,000.

1997-2001                         Principal Investigator. Acquisition of a Very-light Aircraft and Ground-based Tower Eddy Correlation System for Measurement and Prediction of Ecosystem CO2 Flux. National Science Foundation—Biological Infrastructure.  Apr. 1, 1997 - Mar. 31, 2001.  $239,300.

1997-2001                         Principal Investigator.  Patterns and Controls of Temporal Variation in CO2 Sequestration and Loss from Arctic Ecosystems.  The Joint Program on Terrestrial Ecology and Global Change Notice 97-02 (TECO). National Science Foundation.  Oct. 1, 1997- Sept. 30, 2001.  $942,619.

1997-2001                         Principal Investigator.  A new CO2 resource and facility for determination of the effects of atmospheric CO2 on native Pinus Jeffreyi forests using geothermal sources of CO2.  National Science Foundation (SGER). October 1, 1997-September 31, 2001. $86,244.

1997-2000                         Principal Investigator.  Development and Testing of a Free-Air CO2 Enrichment Facility for Use in Arid and Semi-arid Ecosystems. WESTGEC. July 1, 1997-June 30, 2000.   $376,429.

1997-1998                         Principal Investigator.  Fellowship: Using remote sensing and natural CO2.  NASA.  September 1, 1997-August 31, 1998.  $22,000.

1997                                 Principal Investigator.  Effects of Global Change on Mediterranean-type ecosystems.  Southern California Edison. Sept. 1 1997- December 31, 1997.  $119,000.

1997                                 Principal Investigator.  GLOBE Workshop. NASA.  July 1997. $20,000.

1996-1999                         Principal Investigator.  Response of Mediterranean-type Ecosystems to Elevated Atmospheric CO2 and Associated Climate Change.  DOE Program for Ecosystem Research.  September 1, 1996-August 31, 1999. $600,000.

1996-1998                         Principal Investigator. Using natural CO2 springs to understand the long-term effects of elevated CO2 on ecophysiology and distribution patterns of evergreen and deciduous tree species. NASA Fellowship. August 1, 1996-July 31, 1998.  $10,000.

1996-1998                         Principal Investigator.  Long-term natural CO2 enrichment of a Mediterranean mixed-oak forest: seasonal variation in plant-soil nutrient dynamics and carbon sink strength.  National Science Foundation, Division of International Programs.  July 15, 1996-June 30, 1998. $10,000.

1995-1998                         Principal Investigator.  Acquisition of a free air CO2 enrichment (FACE) facility.  National Science Foundation.  September 15, 1995-August 31, 1998.  $258,000.

1995-1998                         Principal Investigator.  Fellowship: Using remote sensing and natural CO2.  NASA.  September 1, 1995-August 31, 1998.  $44,000.

1994-1998                         Principal Investigator.  Carbon flux in Arctic landscapes.  National Science Foundation.  June 1, 1994-December 31, 1998.  $243,116.

1994-1998                         Principal Investigator.  Off-campus work regional estimates of carbon flux.  National Science Foundation.  June 1, 1994-December 31, 1998.  $336,307.

1994-1997                         Principal Investigator.  Large area estimates of carbon fluxes in arctic landscapes.  NSF, ARCSS LAII.  June 1, 1994-December 31, 1997.  $1,858,221.

1993-1994                         Principal Investigator.  Response of a Tundra Ecosystem to Elevated Atmospheric CO2.  U.S. Department of Energy, CO2 Project.  September 1, 1993-August 31, 1994.  $300,000.

1993-1994                         Principal Investigator.  Response of Mediterranean-type Ecosystems to Elevated Atmospheric CO2 and Associated Climate Change.  U.S. Department of Energy, Chaparral Project.  September 1, 1993-August 31, 1995.  $400,000.

1993-1994                         Principal Investigator.  Net Ecosystem Carbon Flux of Age-specific Sub-Arctic Tussock Tundra Stands Following Fire:  Implications for Alaska Interagency Fire Management.  Department of the Interior, Interior Fire Coordinating Committee.  October 1, 1993-September 30, 1994.  $750,000.

1993-1994                         Principal Investigator.  Effects of Global Climate and Atmospheric Change on the Structure and Function of Mediterranean Shrub Ecosystems and Associated Forest Ecotones in California.  Southern California Edison.  April 1, 1993-March 31, 1994.  $63,300.

1992-1994                         Principal Investigator.  Effects of global climate and atmospheric change on the structure and function of Mediterranean shrub ecosystems and associated forest ecotones in California.  WESTGEC. September 1, 1992-June 30, 1994.  $78,650.

1992-1993                         Principal Investigator. Effects of global climate and atmospheric change on the structure and function of Mediterranean shrub ecosystems and associated forest ecotones in California. Southern California Edison. April 1, 1992-March 31, 1993.   $48,640.

1992-1993                         Principal Investigator.  Net ecosystem carbon flux of age-specific sub-Arctic tussock tundra stands following fire:  implications for Alaska interagency fire management. U.S. Department of the Interior. July 6, 1992-April 30, 1993.   $278,755.

1992-1993                         Principal Investigator.  Large area estimates of carbon fluxes in arctic landscapes.  NSF, ARCSS LAII.  September 1, 1992-August 31, 1993.   $340,101.

1989-1993                         Principal Investigator.  Response to a tundra ecosystem to elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide and CO2-induced climate change.  U.S. Department of Energy, CO2 Project.  $400,000.

1985-1988                         Principal Investigator.  Mechanisms controlling resource use, community organization, and succession in fire dominated chaparral ecosystems.  National Science Foundation. $900,000.

1984-1988                         Principal Investigator, Principal Scientist. Effect of perturbation of tundra drainage systems on ecosystem dynamics of tundra and riparian vegetation." , U.S. Department of Energy, R4D Program. $3,000,000.

1984-1988                         Principal Investigator.  The response of arctic ecosystems to elevated carbon dioxide regimes. U.S. Department of Energy, CO2 Project. $1,200,000.

1982-1984                         Principal Investigator.  Potential responses of tundra ecosystems to perturbations from energy development.  U.S. Department of Energy. $700,000.

1982-1984                         Principal Investigator.  Response of arctic ecosystems to elevated CO2 regimes. U.S. Department of Energy. $600,000.

1982-1984                         Principal Investigator.  Mechanisms controlling resource use, community organization, and succession in fire-dominated chaparral ecosystems. National Science Foundation.

1982-1983                         Principal Investigator.  Controls on growth and carbon balance of resprouts and seedlings following fire and harvesting for biomass. USDA Forest Service.

1982-1983                         Principal Investigator.  A proposal for cooperative research in Mediterranean-type ecosystems MAB-UNESCO.

1981-1982                         Principal Investigator.  Primary production and stand development in chaparral communities at the San Dimas Biosphere Reserve. USDA Forest Service.

 1981-1982                         Principal Investigator.  Development of a guide to the vegetation communities along a transect from the Pacific Coast to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. USDA Forest Service.

 1981-1982                         Principal Investigator.  Patterns and control of carbon assimilation in chaparral and associated ecosystems. USDA Forest Service.

 1981-1982                         Co-Principal Investigator.  International symposium on dynamics and management of Mediterranean-type ecosystems.  Paul Zedler, Principal Investigator. National Science Foundation. 

1981-1982                         Co-Principal Investigator.  International symposium on dynamics and management of Mediterranean-type ecosystems."   Paul Zedler, Principal Investigator. UNESCO-MAB.

 1979-1980                         Principal Investigator.  Controls on growth and photosynthesis in chaparral regrowth following fire. USDA Forest Service

 1978-1980                         Co-Principal Investigator.  The structure and function of a black spruce (Picea mariana [Mill] B.S.P.) forest in relation to other fire affected taiga ecosystems.  K. Van Cleve, Principal Investigator. National Science Foundation.

 1977-1981                         Co-Principal Investigator.  Community organization and resource utilization by vegetation in convergent ecosystems.  P.C. Miller, Principal Investigator. National Science Foundation.

 1977-1982                         Co-Principal Investigator.  Research on dynamics of tundra ecosystems and their potential response to energy resource development.  P.C. Miller, Principal Investigator. U.S. Department of Energy.

 1977-1978                         Principal Investigator.  Travel Grant. National Research Council, Canada.

 1977-1978                         Principal Investigator.  Capital Equipment Grant for Growth Chambers. National Research Council, Canada.

 1974-1978                         Principal Investigator.  Factors controlling the evolution and selection of the photosynthetic response patterns in boreal plants. National Research Council, Canada.

 1974-1978                         Co-Principal Investigator.  Systems analysis of production and nutrient cycling in a subarctic open lichen woodland. FCAC, Quebec Ministry of Education. Four annual grants.

 1974-1975                         Principal Investigator.  Capital Equipment Grant for a Data Acquisition System. National Research Council, Canada.

 1973-1974                         Principal Investigator.  Factors controlling photosynthesis in arctic and subarctic bryophytes. National Research Council, Canada.

 1972-1973                         Principal Investigator.  The ecology and productivity of subarctic plants. National Research Council, Canada

 1971-1978                         Principal Investigator.  Northern biology project. Department of Indian Affairs and Northern development. Seven annual grants.

 1971-1977                         Co-Principal Investigator.  The ecology and productivity of subarctic mosses and lichens. FCAC, Quebec Ministry of Education. Six annual grants.

 1971-1973                         Principal Investigator.  The ecology and productivity of subarctic plants. National Research Council, Canada.

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 Other Professional Activities

 Ad hoc Reviews              

Annually              Reviewed over 40 proposals for various national and international research organizations.

 Annually                           Reviewed over 20 manuscripts for national and international journals including: Nature, Science, Global Change Biology, Ecology, and Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres.                                 

Annually                           Reviewed over 6 external personnel evaluations for national and international academic institutions, foundations, and research organizations.     

 2004                                 Review Panel for NSF Post Doctoral Program: Office of Polar Programs

 2004                                 Site Review Panel for Department of Energy

 2002                                 Review Panel for NSF: International Fellows Program

 2002                                 Review Panel for NSF: Biocomplexity Program.

 2002                                 Mathematics and Statistics Department Statistician Search Committee—2 positions

 2001                                 Biology Department Marine Plan/Algal Ecologist Search Committee Chair

 2000                                 Biology Department Microbial Biologist Search Committee

 12/6-9/94                          Expert Reviewer.  Dutch National Research Programme on Global Air

                                        Pollution and Climate Change.  Maastricht, The Netherlands.   

12/7-10/93                        Expert Consultant. Italian Parliament, Global Climatic Change and Agricultural Production: Direct Effects on Hydrological and Plant Physiological Processes.  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Organization (FAO, UNESCO, UN).  Rome, Italy.

3/29/93                             Expert Testimony.  Entique Committee Hearing on CO2 Fertilizer Effect.  Bonn, Germany.

8/17-20/92                        Expert Reviewer.  Dutch National Research Programme on Global Air Pollution and Climate Change.  Appledorn, The Netherlands.

4/6/92                               Expert Testimony.  To the US Senate at the request of then Senator Gore, Senate Transportation and Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on Global Change Research: Global Warming and the Biosphere.  Washington, DC.

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Committee and Board Memberships:

2003-2006                         Senator, San Diego State University Faculty Senate

2002-date                          Member, Scientific Ad Hoc Advisory Committee for Greenhouse Gas Reduction, City of San Diego Initiative

2000-date                          Member, BASC Science Advisory Committee

1999-date                          Member, NOAA National Global Carbon Cycle Steering Committee

1999-date                          Co-Chair, Science Advisory Committee (SAC), International Arctic Research Center (IARC)

1999-date                          International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) Committee, US Representative

1999-date                          Feedbacks from Arctic Terrestrial Ecosystems (FATE) Committee, US Representative

1998-1999                         Coordinator, Ecology Program Area, San Diego State University

1997-2001                         Member, Ecosystem Panel on Global Change, NRC National Academy of Sciences

1996-date                          Board Member, San Diego Science Alliance

1995-1998                         Board Member, Polar Research Board, National Academy of Sciences

1994-1998                         Member, CO2 Technical Oversight Committee, City of Chula Vista

1994-1997                         Secretary, International Society of Mediterranean Ecologists (ISOMED) (ICSU)

1993-1998                         Science Steering Committee, Arctic System Science Program, Land/Atmospheric/Ice Interactions (ARCSS LAII), NSF.

1993-1995                         Board of Directors, Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS)

1992-date                          SDSU Coordinator, DOE Graduate Fellowships for Global Change


Editorial Boards

1999-date                          Editorial Board Member, Journal of Mediterranean Ecology

1987-97                            Editorial Review Board Member, Tree Physiology

1989-97                            Editorial Board Member, Ecologia Mediterranea

1993-95                            Editorial Board Member, ECOSCIENCE


Professional Memberships

             American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAA)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
California Native Plant Society (CNPS)
Ecological Society of America (ESA)
International Association of Ecology (INTECOL)
British Ecological Society (BES)
 

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Current Support

Funding Source:                National Science Foundation—Office of Polar Programs
                                        Principal Investigator
Project Title:                     Long Term Patterns of and Controls on Inter- and Intra-annual Variability in CO2 Flux in the Alaskan Arctic.
Award Amount:                $763,225
Period Covered:                09/01/01-08/31/05
% Effort:                          2 mo/yr
Location:                          Alaska and California 

Funding Source:                National Science Foundation—Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12
                                        Principal Investigator
Project Title:                     PISCES (Partnerships Involving the Scientific Community in Elementary Schools): Graduate Teaching Fellowships in K-12 
                                        Education
Award Amount:                $1,657,500
Period Covered:                09/01/02-8/31/05
% Effort:                          1.8 mo/yr
Location:                          San Diego, California; Alaska; Baja California Sur, Mexico

Funding Source:                National Institute for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC)—Midwest/Great Plains
                                        Principal Investigator
Project Title:                     Understanding and Determining the Patterns and Controls of Regional Net Ecosystem Production in the Great Plains and  
                                        Midwestern Regions: A Proof of Concept.
Award Amount:                $536,708
Period Covered:                07/01/02-08/31/05
% Effort:                          1.8 mo/yr
Location:                          Midwest and Great Plains, US 

Funding Source:                National Science Foundation—Division of Biological Infrastructure
                                         Principal Investigator                                   
Project Title:                     Spectroscopic Instrumentation for
San Diego State University Ecology Programs
Award Amount:                $194,173
Period Covered:                05/01/03-04/30/05
% Effort:                          0 mo/yr
Location:                         
San Diego State University

Funding Source:                National Science Foundation – International Programs
                                        Principal Investigator
Project Title:                     Current and future patterns of vegetation and ecosystem function in the regions of San Diego and La Paz, Baja California.
Award Amount:                $78,289
Period Covered:                06/01/00-08/31/05
% Effort:                          0 mo/yr
Location:                          California and Baja California Sur, Mexico 

Funding Source:                San Diego Science Alliance

Project Title:                     PISCES Resource Center Support

Award Amount:                $31,600

Period Covered:                10/01/02-09/30/05

% Effort:                          0

Location:                          San Diego State University

 

Funding Source:                National Science Foundation—Small Grants for Exploratory Research
                                        Principal Investigator
Project Title:                     SGER: Rapid Research Response to Determine the Impact of a Natural, Hot Wildfire at the Sky Oaks Biological Field Station on the Horizontal and Vertical Fluxes of Carbon.
Award Amount:                $100,000
Period Covered:                10/01/03-01/31/05
% Effort:                          0.50
Location:                          San Diego State University 

Funding Source:                National Aeronautics and Space Administration-University of Montana
                                        Principal Investigator
Project Title:                     Regional Assessment of Arctic Vegetation Productivity and Soil Respiration Environmental Controls Using MODIS and AMSR-E: A New Approach for Satellite Monitoring of Pan-Arctic Terrestrial Net CO2 Exchange.
Award Amount:                $240,000
Period Covered:                05/15/04-05/14/07
% Effort:                          1.00 mo/yr
Location:                          Alaska 

Funding Source:                National Science Foundation—Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars
                                        Principal Investigator
Project Title:                     Sharing the Message of Global Change through Multimedia, Vertically Integrated Outreach Curriculum
Award Amount:                $305,000
Period Covered:                05/15/04-04/30/08
% Effort:                          0.75 mo/yr
Location:                          San Diego State University

 

Funding Source:                The San Diego Foundation, Blasker-Rose Miah
                                        Principal Investigator
Project Title:                     Lateral Carbon Flux in a Chaparral Ecosystem and Its Effects on Carbon Budget Estimates
Award Amount:                $73,690
Period Covered:                07/01/04-06/30/05
% Effort:                          0.75 mo/yr
Location:                          San Diego State University 

Funding Source:                California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology
                                        Principal Investigator
Project Title:                     Spectroscopic Instrumentation for
San Diego State University Ecology Programs
Award Amount:                $25,000
Period Covered:                07/01/04-06/30/05
% Effort:                          0
Location:                          San Diego State University

 Funding Source:                National Science Foundation—Office of Polar Programs
Project Title:                     Developing an Understanding and Predictive Capability of the Interconnections among Arctic Terrestrial, Atmospheric, and Marine Systems
Award Amount:                $1,600,000
Period Covered:                01/01/05-12/31/08
% Effort:                          2.00 mo/yr
Location:                          Alaska

 Funding Source:                National Science Foundation—Environmental Research and Education

Project Title:                     Biocomplexity Associated with the Response of Tundra Carbon Balance to Warming and Drying across Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales

Award Amount:                $2,000,000
Period Covered:                09/01/04-08/31/08
% Effort:                          2.00 mo/yr
Location:                          Alaska

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Pending Support 

Funding Source:                National Science Foundation—Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI)
Project Title:                     Controlled Environmental Research Instrumentation at San Diego State University
Award Amount:                $275,013
Period Covered:                07/01/05-06/30/07 

Funding Source:                National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Project Title:                     Time-series Measurement of Coastal Pacific CO2 Flux Using Eddy Covariance and Ocean pCO2
Award Amount:                $472,653
Period Covered:                02/01/05-01/31/08 

Funding Source:                National Science Foundation—Ecosystem Studies
Project Title:                     Ecosystem-level Response to CO2 and Water Manipulations: A Study of Plant Response, N Cycling, and the Microbial Community
Award Amount:                $738,587
Period Covered:                04/01/05-03/31/08

Funding Source:                National Institute for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC), WESTGEC
Project Title:                     Ecosystem- Level Response to Manipulations of Water and Nitrogen: A Study of Plant Response Nitrogen Cycling, and the Microbial Community
Award Amount:                $313,175
Period Covered:                07/01/05-06/30/07


Funding Source:                National Science Foundation—Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Project Title:                     REU Site: Arctic Alaska: Integrated Research on Global Change, Ecology, Earth Systems Science, and Social Impacts
Award Amount:                $986,136
Period Covered:                02/01/05-01/31/08

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Current Teaching, Mentoring, Advising, and Supervising Activities:

Teaching

BIOL 688            Seminar In Terrestrial Ecology                      Spring 1998                     

BIOL 354            Ecology And Environment                           Fall 1998                          

BIOL 535            Plant Ecology                                              Spring 1999                     

BIOL 354            Ecology And Environment                           Fall 2000                          

BIOL 688            Seminar in Terrestrial Ecology                      Fall 2001                          

BIOL 315            Ecol Human Impacts Environment                Spring 2002                     

BIOL 596            International Ecol Field Research                  Spring 2003

BIOL 596            Sustainability of Coastal Ecosystems            Spring 2004

 

SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology Students (Serving as Advisor)

Hyojung Kwon: Temporal and spatial patterns of carbon dioxide exchange over Arctic ecosystem

Cheryl Laskowski:  Local to global scale impacts of increased CO2 in the Arctic

Hongyan Luo: Net ecosystem carbon exchange and its environmental controls in Southern California chaparral ecosystems

Yonghai Qian: Current and future vegetation and ecosystem metabolism of Southern and Baja California

Kirstin Skadberg:  Direct measurement of coastal CO2 flux

Rommel Zulueta:  Regional estimates of arctic carbon flux using aircraft

Masters Students

Advisor to Scott Graham, MS Ecology.  Lateral carbon flux in chaparral ecosystems.  PISCES participant.

Advisor to Glen Kinoshita, MS Ecology. Effects of water table and soil temperatures on arctic ecosystem carbon balance.  PISCES participant.

Thesis Committee Member for Heather Karnes, MS Ecology.  Effects of fire history on post-fire succession in the chaparral community at Sky Oaks Field Station.

Thesis Committee Member for Deborah Berlin, MA Geography.  A comparison of RHESSys estimates with flux tower measurements of net ecosystem productivity in southern California chaparral. 

PISCES Students:  current undergraduates, and graduate science students involved with bringing inquiry, kit-based science lessons to K-6 schools in San Diego County; La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, and the North Slope of Alaska as part of an NSF GK-12 education grant

Alejandra Blakeslee

Jessica Bray

Julianne Browne

Karen Campbell

Henry Carson

Laura Dane

Rebekka Darner

Kimberly Davis

Debbie DeRoma

Carey Galst

Scott Graham

Christine Gregor

Jill Henry

Heather Karnes

Robin Keith

Chris Lieder

Krissy Lovering,

Brian Matusek

Mariah Meek

Jacob Morton

Kathleen Patarak

Krista Pease

Christine Reif

Maggie Reinbold

Jennifer Targowski

Tina Tretinjak

Jason Webber

Tania Zamora

 

Collaborating Graduate Students from other institutions

Daniel Sims:  Remote sensing at Sky Oaks Biological Field Station.  California State University, Los Angeles

John Snyder:  Climate modeling that covers Southern California and Baja California.  Kent University

 Foreign Student Advising

Aurora Breceda

Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, S.C (CIBNOR), La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico

Doctoral student working on vegetation analysis and remote sensing on a joint, CIBNOR-SDSU NSF International Grant

 Yolanda Maya

Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, S.C (CIBNOR), La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico

Doctoral student working on soil respiration in various plant communities in southern portion of Baja California on a joint, CIBNOR-SDSU NSF International Grant

 Steven J. Hastings

Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, S.C (CIBNOR), La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico

Doctoral student working on land-atmospheric interactions of CO2, H2O and energy balance in a desert coastal ecosystem in Baja California and its relevance to global change. 

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Past Teaching, Mentoring, Advising, and Supervising Activities
 
Past Graduate Students

Cheng, Yufu. 2003. Effects of Manipulated Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations on CO2 and Water Vapor Flux in Southern California Chaparral. San Diego State University/UC Davis.  

Stylinski, Cathylyn.  2000. Spatial and temporal variations in hyperspectral reflectance and plant photosynthesis.  Ph.D. Dissertation, San Diego State University/UC Davis

Vourlitis, George.  1997.  Large-scale measurements of net CO2 flux and energy balance of Alaskan arctic tundra ecosystems.  Ph.D. Dissertation, San Diego State University/UC Davis. 

Cook, Andrea.  1996.  Effects of global change on photosynthesis and respiration in arctic plants.  Ph.D. Dissertation, San Diego State University/UC Davis

Langsford, Derek.  1996.  Controls on seedling establishment after fire.  Ph.D. Dissertation, San Diego State University/UC Davis

Hinkson, Cara.  1996.  Effects of global change on nutrient relations of Quercus agrifolia.  M.Sc. Thesis, San Diego State University. 

Jenkins, M.  1993.  Effects of atmospheric CO2 Level and Drought on Growth and Physiology of Two Chaparral Shrubs.  M.Sc. Thesis, San Diego State University. 

Sparks, S.  1989.  Competitive interactions among seedlings of obligate seeder and resprouter species of chaparral shrubs.  Ph.D. Dissertation, San Diego State University/UC Davis.nll, D.  1988.  Controls on nutrient uptake in water hyacinth.  M.Sc. Thesis, San Diego State University. 

Perry, S. 1987.  Controls on the growth and distribution of Hydrilla.  M.Sc. Thesis, San Diego State University.

Mauffette, Y.  1987.   Controls of herbivory on Quercus agrifolia.  Ph.D. Dissertation, San Diego State University/UC Davis.

Prudhomme, T. 1984.  Priorities determining photosynthate use in leaves of a deciduous and an evergreen subarctic shrub from northern Quebec.  Ph.D. Dissertation, McGill University, Montreal, P.Q., Canada.  123 pp.

Reid, C.  1984.  Possible physiological Indicators of senescence in two chaparral shrub species along a fire-induced age sequence.  M.Sc. Thesis, San Diego State University.  159 pp.

Tissue, D.  1984.  Physiological and growth response of eriophorum vaginatum to elevated CO2 and temperature in the Alaskan tundra.  M.Sc. Thesis, San Diego State University.  104 pp.

Chester, A.  1984.  Controls on nitrogen allocation in two Vaccinium species in the arctic at Eagle Creek, Alaska.  Ph.D. Dissertation, Duke University.  Co-Supervisor - Boyd Strain, Supervisor.

Houpis, J.  1983.  Photosynthesis, water relations and plant distribution:  An Ecophysiological study.  M.Sc. Thesis, San Diego State University. 109 pp.

Lawrence, W.  1983.  Soil temperature effects on carbon exchange in taiga species of interior Alaska.  Ph.D. Dissertation, San Diego State University.  131 pp.

Bigger, M.  1981.  Effect of nutrient enhancement on photosynthesis in native vascular and nonvascular plants growing in the Alaskan tundra at Eagle Creek.,  M.Sc. Thesis, San Diego State University.  103 pp.

Sveinbjornsson, B.  1979.  Controls on the CO2 exchange in arctic Polytrichum mosses.  Ph.D. Dissertation, McGill University.   190 pp.

Mustafa, J.  1978.  The effect of growth and species specific variability on photosynthesis along an elevational gradient in the chaparral.  M.Sc. Thesis, McGill University.  74 pp.

Carstairs, A.  1976.  The physiological ecology of Cladonia alpestris in the subarctic at Schefferville, Quebec.  M.Sc. Thesis, McGill University.  88 pp.

Hicklenton, P.  1975.  The physiological ecology of Dicranum fuscencens Turn. in the subarctic.  M.Sc. Thesis, McGill University.  146 pp.

Auger, S.  1974.  Growth and photosynthesis of Larix laricina (Du Roi) K. Koch in the subarctic at Schefferville, Quebec.  M.Sc. Thesis, McGill University.  114 pp.

Vowinckel, T.  1974.  The effect of climate on the photosynthesis of Picea mariana at the subarctic tree line.  Ph.D. Dissertation, McGill University (with W. Boll). 147 pp.

Past Master’s Students

Stephen Black: Eddy covariance and weather data to quantify ecosystem characteristics, CO2 flux, in particular.

Willow Craven: GCRG project on carbon and water flux data and reduction from chaparral research

Dominic Dirksen:  Carbon sequestration comparison of old vs. new chaparral stands.

Adrienne Marriott: Effects of elevated CO2 on litter quality in the chaparral.  PISCES participant.

Past Undergraduate Students

Steve Delong:  Independent research project

Desiree Heath:  Independent research project on palm growth, survivorship, and mortality in Baja California using repeat photography

Nancy Lautch:  GCRG project on carbon and water flux data and reduction from chaparral research

Maggie Reinbold:  Arctic field research and PISCES participant

Ale Rios:  Arctic field research and PISCES participant

Leticia Sanchez:  SDSU GCRG An independent study of soil respiration of arctic ecosystems

Michelle Perl:  SDSU GCRG An independent study of below ground biomass of arctic ecosystems

Past Collaborating Students from other institutions

Erika Anderson

Kalamazoo College, Michigan

Undergraduate, working for the summer in Alaska correlating spectroradiometric data with carbon flux measured using the eddy covariance technique

Sara Diaz

Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, S.C (CIBNOR), La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico

Doctoral student working on correlating annual tree ring growth with climate on a joint, CIBNOR-SDSU NSF International Grant

Sionnan Fitzgerald

Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, S.C (CIBNOR), La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico

Master’s student studying ecosystems in La Paz and turtle survival.

Stan Houston

California State University, Los Angeles

Arctic research correlating spectroradiometric data with carbon flux measured using the eddy covariance technique. 

Dave Loehlin

University of Chicago

Undergraduate GCEP/SURE program, doing an independent study of soil respiration in the chaparral at Sky Oaks

Atushi Nojiri

Japan

Graduate Student

Markus Reichstein

University of Bayreuth/ Department of Plant Ecology, Germany

Doctoral student working on a respiration model using nighttime eddy covariance data from Sky Oaks

Cesar Salinas

Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, S.C (CIBNOR), La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico

Doctoral student working on a vegetation model on a joint, CIBNOR-SDSU NSF International Grant, now graduated.

Maosheng Zhao

START Regional Centre for Temperate East Asia, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Graduate student working on parameterizing a Biogeographical model for Southern California and all of Baja California

 Masayoshi Mano

Japan

Doctoral student working on carbon and methane flux of a mash in Alaska to compare with SDSU’s coastal sedge carbon flux measurements


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