Dr. Hughes’s research focuses on improving the understanding of key orographic meteorological physical processes, especially those important to the mid-latitude water cycle and those potentially impactful to ocean circulation and sea ice cover in the Arctic. Her primary tools in this endeavor are dynamically-downscaled reanalysis datasets, generated using a state-of-the-art regional climate model (i.e., the Weather Research and Forecasting model and the Regional Arctic System Model [RASM]) with reanalysis data as the lateral boundary conditions (e.g., ERA Interim).
Carrie is interested in a broad range of research questions at the interface of basic and applied dryland ecology. These include examining plant species adaptation to climate change, landscape genomics of dryland plant species to improve restoration seed sourcing, and the consequences of fuel-reduction treatments on arid woodland ecosystem functioning. Currently, she is investigating the biotic interactions of biological soil crusts and vascular plant communities in drylands of the Southwestern US.
Subalpine forests in the Colorado Front Range are critical providers of habitat, water, carbon storage, and recreation - but they may be in trouble. Recent decades have seen accelerating rates of tree death, labeled "forest decline" in cases when the exact cause is not known. In our research, we are forest detectives, testing hypotheses about what killed trees in the past, what is killing them now, which trees are surviving, and what it all means for the future of Colorado's forests.
Study the intersections of earth systems and ecosystems focusing on hydrology, solute transport, watersheds, streams and glaciers. Dr. Gooseff’s research focuses on stream-groundwater interactions, hyporheic exchange, stream/hyporheic restoration, and climate change in polar and temperate regions.
Dr. Briggs’s research investigates the interaction between ecological and anthropogenic disturbances in forested ecosystems. Recently, she has focused on the dynamics of insect epidemics, fire, and forest management (e.g. restoration, fuel reduction, and prescribed burning) in Colorado.
- Marianne Blackburn (RECCS cohort 2015)
Research Interests: Soil is essential for much of life on earth. Microbes are ubiquitous in this environment – an estimated 108-109 microbial cells occupy one gram of soil with a diversity ranging from a few hundred to thousands of species. Soil microbes participate in carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, and soil formation - all critical ecosystem processes, yet are poorly understood. I study these microbes with the hope of understanding how the BcCZO and native soils around the world are affected by their presence.
Dr. Barnard’s research is focused on investigating how vegetation processes affect water flow dynamics and pathways in soil and streams, and conversely, how water flow paths affect vegetation function in mountainous terrain. The ultimate goal is to improve our knowledge of how changes in land-use and/or climate will affect water resources and ecosystems. This interdisciplinary research uses state-of-the-art techniques to reveal patterns and processes at scales ranging from the leaf to the watershed.