Peter Groffman

Professor, City University of New York
Hubbard Brook, New Hampshire

Peter M. Groffman (he/him/his) is a Professor at the City University of New York Advanced Science Research Center and the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program at the Graduate Center, and Brooklyn College Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. His research focuses on climate effects on ecosystem biogeochemical processes related to carbon and nitrogen cycles. Groffman was a Convening Lead Author for the 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment Chapter on Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, a lead author for the Second (Wetlands) and Third (North America) Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Program on Climate Change (IPCC)

Forests Don't Read Scientific Papers: Surprising Results from Long-term Ecological Research in Northern Hardwood Forests

The Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research project (HBR) is an interdisciplinary research program focused on improving the understanding of the response of northern forest ecosystems to natural and anthropogenic disturbances. The principal research site is the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountain region of New Hampshire, but the research is extended through comparative studies with other sites in the northeastern U.S. and throughout the world. The research involves long-term studies of the biological composition, productivity, hydrology, biogeochemistry, and food webs of forest and stream ecosystems. Results of the research are used to test and revise conceptual and quantitative models of ecosystem functioning, to inform policy and management decisions regionally and nationally, and to bring ecological knowledge to a diverse community of students and teachers at levels from K-12 to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Our conceptual model has continually evolved in response to surprising results from long-term data collection, leading to new insights, new experiments, and new efforts to communicate with stakeholders.

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