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
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.
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)