Sustainability Science Program

Pamela Templer

Pamela Templer

Pamela TemplerDr. Pamela Templer
Geomuseum Room 412A
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Tel: (1) 617-496-1854
Group affiliation: Research Fellow and Bullard Fellow
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Pamela Templer is a joint Research Fellow in the in the Sustainability Science and Charles Bullard Fellowship Programs. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and a faculty member in the interdisciplinary Biogeosciences Program at Boston University. Her research focuses on the effects that human activities have on forest ecosystems, water, and air quality. Her research examines the effects of climate change, air pollution, and land-use change on biogeochemical cycling and health of trees in temperate and tropical forests. Current projects include a new ecosystem warming experiment at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where she and members of her lab are determining the interactive effects of climate change in winter and the growing season on nutrient uptake and carbon sequestration of northern hardwood forests. Pamela is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development led by William Clark. She is a recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Junior Faculty research grant and a National Science Foundation CAREER award. Pamela was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, received her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University (2001) and a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz (1995). Her faculty host is William Clark.

Role of winter climate change in biogeochemical cycling, water, and air quality of northeastern U.S. forest ecosystems
Studies of forest dynamics in seasonally snow-covered ecosystems have been primarily conducted during the growing season. However, considerable progress is being made in our understanding of how winter climate change influences dynamics of Northeastern U.S. forests. Recent experiments demonstrate that a smaller winter snowpack and increased soil frost decrease water and nitrogen uptake by some tree species and reduces litter arthropod abundance and diversity. This research examines the effects of winter climate on forest productivity, water, and air quality across the Northeastern United States. A broad spatial perspective is undertaken using winter climate measurements (e.g., snow depth, soil temperature) from multiple sites across the Northeastern U.S. and how they relate to forest productivity is being determined. Data from long-term ecological research (LTER) datasets at Harvard Forest in MA and Hubbard Brook in NH are providing fine-scale resolution for each of these forest sites. Ground-based methods and satellite images from LANDSAT are used as measures of productivity at these and other forests throughout the Northeastern U.S.

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