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Research Ecologist Paul Henne joins the GECSC

Paul Henne

Paul Henne has joined the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center to work on the LandCarbon project. He will be modeling the impacts of changing climate and disturbance (e.g., fire, insect outbreaks) on the carbon balance of forest ecosystems, with an initial focus on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Paul's background combines vegetation modeling with paleoecology. His research approach uses Holocene pollen, macrofossil, and charcoal records to validate vegetation models and applies understanding gained from the past to project the impacts of environmental change.

Paul earned his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where he studied the impacts of changing snowfall abundance on forest ecosystems. For the past eight years, Paul has been working in Switzerland, first at ETH Zurich, then at the University of Bern. His research in Switzerland focused on modeling treeline dynamics in the Alps and understanding forest potential in Mediterranean ecosystems with a millennial history of intense human disturbance.

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Our world is being transformed due to climate variability, population growth, intensive land use, and the increasing demands on water, ecological, agricultural, energy, and mineral resources. To address these issues, the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center (GECSC) conducts research on (1) climatic, environmental, and landscape changes, (2) the geologic framework of natural resources and hazards, (3) ecological disturbance patterns resulting from natural and anthropogenic changes, and (4) the interactions among geologic, biologic, hydrologic, and human systems. This work supports policy and management decisions, the search for new sources of key materials, and the assessment of the combined environmental impacts of climate variability and human activities.

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