understanding the responses of forest ecosystems to a rapidly changing environment
I am Justin Mathias, a doctoral student in Dr. Richard Thomas' lab at West Virginia University. My research focuses on understanding the effects of environmental change on the function of terrestrial forest ecosystems. In particular, I am interested in examining how a changing world will affect the intricate coupling between the carbon and nitrogen cycles in order to inform future management, conservation, and policy.
Latest News: January 2019: With the help of the Roland Schlich Early Career Scientist's Travel support and a travel award from the journal Plants, I will be traveling to the European Geosciences Union's annual meeting in Vienna, Austria to present research on the effects of environmental change on the growth and physiology of two broadleaf deciduous tree species in the eastern United States!
August 2018: ESA Biogeosciences section awarded my paper, Disentangling the effects of acidic air pollution, atmospheric CO2, and climate change on recent growth of red spruce trees in the Central Appalachian Mountains, the Elizabeth Sulzman award for best graduate student publication of the year at ESA 2018 in New Orleans, LA!