Environmental Science Faculty
My training is in botany (BS, Michigan State University), plant ecology (MS, University of Florida Gainesville), forest silviculture and ecology (PhD, Duke University), and ecosystem ecology (Marine Biological Laboratory and Stanford University). I currently am a professor who participates in the Interdepartmental Graduate Programs in Environmental Science and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
The central theme of my research is carbon cycling within terrestrial ecosystems, including tropical forests, grassland, and croplands. Plant productivity and soil C dynamics are particular foci of my empirical work. I utilize field experiments, observational studies, and integrated modeling to ask and address questions at plot to global scales.
Broader Impact of My Work
My long-term interests in the effects of human activities on ecosystem carbon dynamics place my work centrally within the field of global change analysis. I am oriented toward addressing big questions that relate directly to the understanding of feedbacks between atmospheric and terrestrial carbon cycles. This sometimes requires the development of new approaches or tools that offer insights into difficult issues.
Carbon cycling, ecosystems, land cover, plant productivity, soil biogeochemistry, soil respiration
Four Key Environmental Science Publications
During his tenure at Iowa State, Dr. Raich has secured external grant funding focused on environmental science from the National Science Foundation, USDA, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and other agencies.
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