Dr. Asko Noormets
Ecosystem ecology, carbon cycle, management effects on ecosystem function
PhD Michigan Technological University, MS Michigan Technological University, BS University of Tartu (Estonia)
Dr. Noormets joined the department in 2017 as Forest Biologist. Prior to arriving in College Station, he worked at North Carolina State University. Dr. Noormets' work deals with the management effects on forest ecosystem function, carbon allocation, and long-term carbon sequestration. He is interested in the effects of land-use change on regional land-atmosphere feedbacks and climate implications. He uses field observations (eddy covariance, allometry, chamber fluxes, micrometeorological monitoring), field and laboratory experiments, and empirical and ecosystem models to answer questions about the physiological processes that govern ecosystem resilience in the changing environment. Understanding the interactive effects between environmental conditions like water and nutrient availability, atmospheric CO2 and other pollutants on ecosystem function will help develop management strategies that maximize ecosystem resilience, and ensure the provision of ecosystem services that we depend on. Dr. Noormets will teach ESSM319 "Principles of Forestry" and graduate courses in the area of ecosystem ecology.