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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-


PhD, Biological Sciences, 2004

Jessica Moore

PhD candidate - started 2010

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


Leigh Moorhead

National Science Foundation GRFP fellow; National Science Foundation GROW fellow

PhD candidate - started 2011

Leigh is exploring how mammals shape the trajectory, stability, and function of ecosystems. She is spending the year in Denmark.

Jeremiah Henning, MS

National Science Foundation EAPSI fellow

PhD student - started 2012

Mycorrhizae, mycorrhizae, mycorrhizae...

Jiang Jiang, PhD

NIMBioS Post-doctoral fellow & EEB post-doc


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 is exploring mycorrhizal decomposition.


Sneha was awarded a grant from UT for her summer work on mycorrhizae in Minnesota.

Kent Connell

Undergraduate researcher- started 2012

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


Kent was an REU student at KBS in 2014.

The University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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 helps run our outreach program.

Greg Newman, MS

Lab manager - 2013

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

Maja Sundqvist, PhD

Assistant Professor, Umeå University & The University of Copenhagen


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

Aurelija Staniute

EnvEuro (Environmental Science in Europe) international master’s student - started 2014


The University of Tennessee, USA

Kenna Rewcastle

Undergraduate researcher @ UT, but was in Denmark for  a semester - started 2014

Kenna is working on carbon dynamics in Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden on the gradient project.


Kenna was funded by Sigma Xi & UT last summer.