Dr. Knute Nadelhoffer
Director of the University of Michigan Biological Station and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Fields of study
Ecosystem ecology, terrestrial biogeochemistry, global change
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. I began a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ecosystems Center of Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Massachusetts) in 1983. I worked as a Research Scientist at the MBL until June 2002 when I left to spend a year as co-Director of the National Science Foundation's Ecosystem Studies Program. I joined the Univeristy of Michigan as Director of the Biological Station in June 2003 and as Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in September 2003. I also served as Panel Manager for the USDA Ecosystems Program in 1992 and was a Fulbright Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of Water Research (Oslo) and the Norwegian Institute of Forest Research (Aas) in 1996-97.
I am interested in ecological and biogeochemical processes that determine ecosystem dynamics and functioning at local, regional and global levels. I conduct field studies in temperate forests and arctic tundra to improve understanding of how ecosystems respond to climate change, air pollution and physical disturbance. I am particularly interested in how interactions among soil biota, plants and climate interact to determine ecosystem structure and stability.
Dr. Luke Nave
Associate Research Scientist
Luke Nave joined the lab after completing his Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral studies at The Ohio State University. He conducted his post-doctoral work in the lab on Nitrogen cycling in the Forest Accelerated Succession Experiment (FASET). He is currently Coordinator of the International Soil Carbon Network; an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Michigan Biological Station and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; he is also an Adjunct Instructor at North Central Michigan College.
John Den Uyl
Research Laboratory Specialist
John Den Uyl joined the lab as a Research Specialist in 2017 after working as a Laboratory Manager in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 2015 and has spent time as a Research Assistant on a range of projects from the deposition of mercury in northern temperate forests to the evolution of facial recognition in paper wasps. He has also worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Michigan Biological Station. John maintains lab and field operations in Ann Arbor and at the Biological Station.
Renee Kinney joined the lab as a research technician in 2013. She is responsible for leaf litterfall, litterbag, and wood decomposition sample processing. Renee is also a summer Maintenance Supervisor at the University of Michigan Biological Station as well as the owner and operator of Kinney Cleaning, Catering, and Lawn Care.