- March 06, 2014
- 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
- Goergen Hall, Room 101
Global climate regimes are characterized by both complex patterns in both intra-annual and inter-annual variability. Understanding the consequences of present and future climate variability on the global distribution of ecosystems and the services they provide is a critical issue in contemporary earth sciences. Using data from field studies, satellite observations, and large scale models I explore how climate is linked to ecosystem structure and function. My research is aimed at quantifying these linkages and how ecosystems, in turn, influence the global energy, water, and carbon cycles.
Stephen studied Mechanical Engineering as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University, and then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic working on rural water and sanitation problems. After the Peace Corps, Stephen completed his PhD in Environmental Engineering from Princeton University, and his dissertation research focused on the linkages between climate dynamics, biogeography, and ecosystem functionality in Africa. Currently, Stephen is a post-doctoral fellow in the Geology and Geophysics department at the University of Utah investigating how stable isotope tracers can inform our knowledge of the global hydrologic cycle.
Host: Carmie Garzione