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Andrew Ouimette

Research Scientist

Andy is a research scientist in the Forest Ecosystem Research Group and manager of the UNH Stable Isotope Lab. He received Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University in 1998 and 2000. Prior to joining the Forest Ecosystem Research Group in 2005, he worked for the US Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Team in Menlo Park, CA from 2000-2004. His current research interests are mainly focused on carbon and nitrogen cycling dynamics in forest ecosystems. This includes understanding the carbon cost of nitrogen acquisition by forest trees and their associated mycorrhizal fungi, as well as predicting carbon sequestration potential under future climate and land management scenarios. One of his main goals is to better understand how the tradeoff between aboveground (needle-leaf vs. broadleaf) and belowground (arbuscular mycorrhizae vs. ecto-mycorrhizal fungi) ecological strategies control the carbon cost and form of nitrogen assimilated by forest trees. His approach so far has been to incorporate knowledge learned from detailed isotopic (δ15N, δ13C) and carbon pool measurements into an ecosystem modeling framework with the hopes of applying this knowledge to improve estimates of forest carbon sequestration.

Publications by Ouimette

Current Projects

(1) Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics of Forest Trees and Associated Mycorrhizal Fungi: The Carbon Cost of N Uptake
(2) Quantifying Organic Nitrogen Use by Mycorrhizal Fungi and Tree Hosts
(3) Aboveground Carbon Sequestration Potential for Northeastern US Forests
(4) Interactions between Climate Change, C Cycling and Land Use in a mixed Agricultural, Residential and Forested Landscape
(5) Forest Ecosystem Modeling of Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics

email: Andrew Ouimette