Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Environmental Science

Interdepartmental Graduate Program

Environmental Science Faculty

James Raich James Raich

Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology

135 Bessey Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1020
tel: 515.294.5073
fax: 515.294.1337

Bio Sketch
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.

Research Interest
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.

Key Words
Carbon cycling, ecosystems, land cover, plant productivity, soil biogeochemistry, soil respiration

Four Key Environmental Science Publications
  • Zhang J., Loynachan T.E., Raich J.W.. Artificial soils to assess temperature sensitivity of the decomposition of model organic compounds: Effects of chemical recalcitrance and clay-mineral composition. European Journal of Soil Science, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2389.2011.01394.x
  • Russell, A.E., J.W. Raich, R. Bedoya, O. Valverde-Barrantes and E. González. 2010. Impacts of individual tree species on carbon dynamics in a moist tropical forest environment. Ecological Applications 20(4): 1087–1100. doi:10.1890/09-0635.1
  • Litton C.M., J.W. Raich and M.G. Ryan. 2007. Carbon allocation in forest ecosystems. Global Change Biology 13: 2089-2109. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2007.01420.x
  • Mora, G. and J.W. Raich. 2007. Carbon-isotopic composition of soil-respired carbon dioxide in static closed chambers at equilibrium. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 21: 1866-1870. doi: 10.1002/rcm.3034

Grant Funding
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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