Ecological Synthesis

small plant in soil at sunset

Our work in ecological synthesis aims to synthesize experimental results across a wide range of topics:  how nitrogen cycling affects land carbon cycling and storage, how microbial enzyme activity contributes to soil carbon loss with warming, controls over the soil priming effect, how the diversity and activity of bacterial predators influence soil food webs and element cycles, and how accumulating resistance to multiple antibiotics affects sepsis mortality. 

We are also interested in the quantitative and statistical tools that support synthesis work; for example, we assess the comparative risks and rewards of traditional and Bayesian approaches to meta-analysis, and seek out better ways to integrate datasets with biogeochemical models.