Prof. R. Quinn Thomas, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech, USA
- What are the dynamics of coupled nutrient cycles, and how do they impact terrestrial ecosystems and climate?
- How is nitrogen deposition altering forest dynamics, carbon sequestration, and climate?
- How do we scale ecosystem processes across time and space?
- How do we use observational and experimental data to improve ecosystem models and ecological forecasts?
- How do we best represent ecosystem processes in global models that predict forest-climate interactions?
- How can we manage forest ecosystems to mitigate climate change, especially focusing on carbon, nitrogen, water, and energy balances of the forests?
- Earth System and ecosystem modeling
Thomas, R. Q., S. Zaehle, P.H. Templer, and C.L. Goodale. 2013. Global patterns of nitrogen limitation: Confronting two global biogeochemical models with observations. Global Change Biology 19: 2986–2998.
Thomas, R. Q., G. B. Bonan, and C. L. Goodale. 2013. Insights into mechanisms governing forest carbon response to nitrogen deposition: a model-data comparison using observed responses to nitrogen addition. Biogeosciences 10: 3869–3887.
Thomas, R.Q., C. D. Canham, K. C. Weathers, and C. L. Goodale. 2010. Increased tree carbon storage in response to nitrogen deposition in the U.S. Nature Geosciences 3: 13-17.