A. Center/Institute/Program


Center Name:  University of Michigan Biological Station

UMBS Ann Arbor Office:
2541 Chemistry Building

930 North University Avenue

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1055


UMBS Douglas Lake Facility:
9133 E. State Street
Pellston, MI 49769

Phone: Ann Arbor - 734-763-4461
             Pellston - 231-539-8408

Fax:     Ann Arbor - 734-647-1952
             Pellston - 231-539-8785

E-mail: umbs@umich.edu

Web Page: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/umbs


Director/Chairperson: Dr. Knute Nadelhoffer

Representative to AERC: Dr. Knute Nadelhoffer


B. Major objectives of the Center/Institute/Program


Promoting education and research in field biology and environmental science.


C. Major ecosystem research emphases


1. Impacts of regional and global change on terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems.


2. Biosphere-atmosphere interactions.


3. Effects of invasive species and land use changes on ecosystem function.


4. Linkages between ecosystem function and biodiversity.


D. Staff


Permanent scientific staff: PhD: 2, MS: 2

Scientific support staff: Postdocs: 0, Technicians: 4

Other support staff: Clerical/physical plant:6, Administrative: 6

Research staff directly involved in ecosystem research: 29

Graduate investigators: PhD: 34, MS: 8

Undergraduate researchers: 10

Research assistants: 36

Summer undergraduate students: ~120

Other Guests: 1100


E. Approximate annual funding (recent year)


Core funding: None

Grants: $1,086,903/yr, Major sources: DOE (Midwest NIGEC) and NSF (IGERT-BART)*

Non-Federally funded grants: $171,612*


*These amounts are direct grants to the UM Biological Station. Fees are also collected from visiting researchers who have been awarded grants through their home institutions.


F. Areas and facilities for ecosystem research studies


1. University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, MI, ~4,000 ha.


2. The Osborne Preserve (administered by UMBS), Sugar Island, MI, ~1,200 ha.


         10 km undeveloped inland lakeshore on Douglas and Burt Lakes, near Pellston, MI

         Residential and Meeting Facilities

o        There are 150 buildings including the Lakeside Laboratory (described below), an auditorium, a large library, a dining center, 16 classrooms, 3 small winterized dormitories, 10 winterized homes, 90 summer cabins, and maintenance and storage facilities. About 280 students, faculty, staff, scientists and families can be accommodated in summer, and 40 people in winter. At the Osborn Preserve, accommodations can be made for researchers or up to 30 students in group housing during the warm months.

         Lakeside Laboratory

o        A year-round research facility with laboratory and office space for resident and visiting researchers. Analytical laboratory and mass spectrometer facilities, chemical and field supplies, and research vessels.


o        Over 2,000 sq ft available for research on plants, insects, and the interactions between plants and insects

         Elevated CO2 facility

o        outdoor open-top chambers with controlled CO2 levels

         An Experimental Stream facility

o        allows research of stream ecosystems under controlled conditions (stream flow, channel conformation, bottom conditions)

         Soil Biotron

o        belowground laboratory available for in situ investigations of roots, microbes and invertebrates

         An Eddy Covariance tower (UMBS Flux Facility) part of the AmeriFlux network)

o        addresses questions of ecosystem-atmosphere linkages contributing to large-scale carbon cycle modeling efforts

         The PROPHET (Program for Research on Oxidants) tower

o        Used for interactions between sunlight, nitrogen oxides, and volatile organic compounds that result in the formation of ozone and other oxidants.


G. Research staff directly involved in ecosystem research (names and specialty areas)


NOTE- Most UMBS researchers hold academic appointments at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, or at other universities and research institutes. Researchers listed below conduct or have conducted research based at UMBS. Names followed by * are not currently active, but are in discussions regarding participation in future research at UMBS.


Allan, J. J.* (University of Michigan) Freshwater ecosystem and watershed dynamics

Barnes, Burton (University of Michigan) Integrated geo-ecosystem-remote sensing of forest ecosystems

Bergen, Kathleen M.* (University of Michigan) Remote sensing and ecosystem-community dynamics

Bertman, Steve (Western Michigan University) PROPHET - Trace gas dynamics, especially O3, N2O, PAN

Bierbaum, Rosina M.* (University of Michigan) Ecosystem management, global change and science policy

Blum, Joel D.* (University of Michigan) Ecosystem dynamics and stable isotope geochemistry

Carroll, Mary Anne (University of Michigan) Ozone and isoprene flux measurements; atmosphere-forest nitrogen and carbon exchange

Curtis, Peter (Ohio State University) Mass and energy exchange in a northern hardwood forest ecosystem

Currie, William S.* (University of Michigan) Ecosystem analysis and modeling

Ellsworth, David (University of Michigan) Forest productivity across complex landscapes

Goldberg, Deborah E. (University of Michigan) Plant community-ecosystem interactions

Helmig, Detlev (University of Colorado) Flux measurements of biogenic volatile organic compounds

Karowe, Dave (Western Michigan University) Effects of elevated CO2 on C3 and C4 grasses, insect herbivores and invasive species

Kling, George W.* (University of Michigan) Biogeochemistry and land-water interactions

Lamb, Dr. Brian (Washington State University) Pheromone fate in forest canopies; disjunct flux methods development

Nadelhoffer, Knute (University of Michigan) - Forest biogeochemistry

Pillsbury, Robert (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh) The effects of climate change on wetland periphyton

Rier, Steve (University of St. Thomas) Effects of bound tannin on leaf litter decomposition in streams

Schloss, Jeff (Westmont College) Influence of canopy-mediated microclimate on lichen growth and distribution

Schmid, Hans Peter (Indiana University) AmeriFlux: mass and energy exchange in a northern hardwood ecosystem, micro-meteorology

Shepson, Paul (Purdue University) PROPHET: uptake of organic nitrogen by the forest canopy

Singsaas, Eric Singsaas (University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point) Stable isotopes in the atmospheric boundary layer

Snow, Allison (Ohio State University) Effects of crop genes on the invasiveness of weedy relatives.

Tuchman, Nancy (Loyola University) Effects of multiple global change parameters on wetland ecosystem structure and function

Vogel, Chris (University of Michigan Biological Station) AmeriFlux project, forest-atmosphere CO2 exchange

Zak, Donald R. (University of Michigan) Forest biogeochemistry and microbial ecology

Webb, Paul (University of Michigan) Fragmentation in Great Lake coastal marshes

Westberg, Hal (Washington State University) Isoprene flux studies

Zhou, Xianliang (Wadsworth Center) - HONO chemistry in non-urban atmospheric boundary layers


H. Long-term data sets (code name, number of years of data, computer accessibility)