The Ecosystem Ecology Lab

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Aimée Classen

PI of the Ecosystem Ecology Lab; Aimée’s CV is here

Associate professor, University of Copenhagen, 2014-

Associate Editor-in-Chief, Ecological Monographs, 2012-

Associate professor, University of Tennessee, 2012-

Assistant professor, University of Tennessee, 2008-12

Staff scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2005-08

PhD, Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, 2004

Jessica Moore

PhD candidate and RA - started 2010

Jessica is investigating how and when mycorrhizae influence carbon cycling in soils.

Graduate students

Undergraduate Researchers

Leigh Moorhead

National Science Foundation GRFP fellow

PhD candidate- started 2011

Leigh is exploring how mammals shape the trajectory, stability, and function of ecosystems.

Jeremiah Henning

PhD student and RA - started 2012

Mycorrhizae, mycorrhizae, mycorrhizae...

Post Doc

Jiang Jiang

NIMBioS Post-doctoral fellow

PhD, Ecology, University of Miami 2012

Jiang develops models that couple ecological and hydrologic processes to understand vegetation regime shifts associated with climate change. He’s collaborating with us exploring mycorrhizal - soil - carbon dynamics.

Sneha Patel

Undergraduate researcher - started 2012

Sneha works with Jessica Bryant exploring mycorrhizal decomposition.

Kent Connell

Undergraduate researcher- started 2012

Kent is exploring how ants, via their impacts on soils, might alter seedling establishment.

Kent is an REU student at KBS this summer!

Brandy Pieper

Undergraduate researcher - started 2012

Brandy is interested in decomposition and riparian habitats.

Brandy was an REU in Puerto Rico in 2013.

Nora Dunkirk

Undergraduate researcher - started 2012

Nora has a lot of genomic research under her belt exploring plant-microbe interactions. Lucky for us, she is also excited about ecosystem ecology.

Nora was an REU at the SEV in 2013.

Lab Technicians

Courtney Patterson

Lab manager - 2013

Courtney is the lab manager at the University of Tennessee. She is coordinating our project investigating biology impacts on soil C dynamics. Courtney also heads up our outreach program.

Nick Hendershot

Undergraduate researcher- started 2013

Nick spent last semester and the summer working and studying ecology in Costa Rica. He is now working on a mycorrhizal project with Jeremiah.

Greg Newman, MS

Lab manager - 2013

Greg is the research manager at the University of Copenhagen.  He is particularly interested deep-rooting patterns in soil, controls on ecosystem productivity and C allocation, and relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem processes.

Danny Lusk

Lab technician - 2013

Danny agreed to come back to the lab and help us with some mycorrhizal and soils data. We are glad he’s back for awhile.

Maja Sundqvist

Assistant Professor, Umeå University

Maja received a Swedish FORMAS grant to lead the gradient work in Abisko, Sweden. She will be working in Copenhagen, Abisko, and Umeå

Kenna Rewcastle

Undergraduate researcher - started 2014

Kenna is working with us in Copenhagen. She will be working on the Swedish gradient this summer.