Our faculty and staff know two heads are better than one. It’s why they build teams dedicated to tackling specific, scientific questions related to the natural resources in Nebraska, North American and beyond.
Agroforestry Research Farm
The ARDC Agroforestry Farm is a working 500-acre farm with the only replicated, long-term shelterbelt study in the United States. The farm is part of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln's Agricultural Research and Development Center (ARDC) located 30 miles northeast of Lincoln. The 9,500 acre ARDC, site of the Mead Ordinance Plant, was acquired from the US Department of Defense in the early 1960's.
Applied Wildlife Ecology & Spatial Movement Lab (AWESM)
Our lab focuses on developing innovative solutions to the growing wildlife conservation and management needs in multi-functional landscapes where there are competing interests for agricultural production, wildlife conservation, and ecosystem services.
Benson Lab of Predator-Prey Ecology
The Benson Lab studys wildlife population dynamics, behavior, and predator-prey interactions around the world. Current research investigates
- Wolf-coyote hybridization dynamics
- Ecology of mountain lions in a major metropolitan area
- Wolf-caribou predator prey dynamics
- Mule deer population ecology
- Bighorn sheep spatial ecology
- Ecology of mountain lions in California
Carbon Science and Modeling Program
Long-term greenhouse gases and carbon sequestration study AmeriFlux Network, Mead sites (US-Ne1, US-Ne2, and US-Ne3) has been in continuous operation since 2001 and currently lead by Dr. Andrew Suyker to determine how much carbon can be stored in dryland and irrigated cropping systems, and what soil, plant, and atmospheric factors regulate C sequestration. Recently, the sites joined the AmeriFlux Core Site Network and will be funded on a long-term basis.
Ecohydrology and Hydrogeophysics Science Lab
Our goal is to monitor and model the flow of water through natural and human dominated ecosystems in order to understand how ecosystems function and how to utilize water more efficiently for food production. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and works at the interfaces of ecology, hydrology, agronomy, and geophysics.
Ecosystem Stoichiometry Laboratory
We study the processes that control and are affected by the flow of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and other elements in and across ecosystems. We mostly work in lakes and streams, but not always. Sometimes we work in heavily polluted regions, other times we work in nutrient-poor regions. Always, we strive for our research to inform both ecosystem theory and sustainable environmental management. Jessica Corman leads the lab.
Fish Conservation Behavior and Physiology Lab
Our lab uses investigations of physiology and behavior to address conservation and management issues in fishes. We primarily focus on how changes in important environmental variables, such as temperature, affect individuals and populations.
Exploring Ecosystem Function at Multiple Scales -Dr. John Gamon studies the "breathing of the planet" – the exchanges of carbon and water vapour between the biosphere and the atmosphere that affect ecosystem productivity and help regulate our atmosphere and climate. Of particular interest are the effects of disturbance (fires, succession, weather events and climate change) on these basic processes. Additional research questions involve the detection of plant physiology, ecosystem function, species composition, and biodiversity using non-contact sampling methods. Much of this work is done with optical monitoring (remote sensing and automated field methods), and entails the development of new monitoring methods and related informatics tools.
Hydroinformatics and Integrated Hydroclimate Research Group
The Hydroinformatics and Integrated Hydroclimate Research Group (HIH) studies how naturally driven and anthropogenically modified processes affect the hydrological cycle and the biogeochemical cycle of elements, particularly those processes and their scales in relation to the sustainability of human activities and ecosystems in a changing environment. We integrate modeling, field and remote sensing observations, and laboratory analyzes to engineer solutions aimed to predict the temporal variability and spatial distribution of water availability in response to Extreme Hydrometeorological and Climate Events (EHCEs).
Stream Ecology Laboratory
Our research focuses on the functional attributes of stream ecosystems, how community composition influences ecosystem function and how ecological and evolutionary processes interact. Much of our work focuses on the transport dynamics of various ecological entities (e.g. fine organic particles, nitrogen, phosphorus, organisms) and the potential for transport to longitudinally link ecosystems. Steve Thomas leads the lab.