• Eight Mile Lake, AK; C. Schädel
  • Eight Mile Lake, AK; C. Schädel
  • Alaska Range; credit: C. Schädel
  • Automated Flux Chambers
  • Eriophorum Vaginatum
  • foggy mountains in Healy
  • Winter setting in Healy, AK
  • Winter snow fences
  • Dall Sheep, Denali National Park
  • Fall at CiPEHR
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  • Fall at the Gradient site; credit: E. Webb
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News and Updates:

Christina Schädel and Ted Schuur are featured in an NAU news article.

The article describes their most recent publication in the Proceedings of the National Acadmey of Sciences. The findings of the study, organized by the Permafrost Carbon Network, suggest that putting more effective greenhouse gas controls in place for the rest of this century could help mitigate the effects of climate change on the release of carbon from thawing soils of the northern permafrost region.

Read the full NAU news article here.


Ted Schuur selected as lead author for the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), one of the three-part series of special reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Read the full NAU news article here.


Seven-year-study shows plant growth does not sustainably balance carbon losses from solar warming and permafrost thaw. Read more about the DOE funded project here and in Mauritz et al. 2017


New article in Science Magazine featuring Ted Schuur in an article about NASA's ABoVE project. Read the article here.


Ted Schuur was cited in the Washington Post article: "We all knew this was coming": Alaska's thawing soils are now pouring carbon dioxide into the air. Click here to read the full article


New article in Scientific American written by Ted Schuur about changing permafrost. It got published in November in 2016 and is available at newsstands. NAU news wrote a short story about it, read it here.


We frequently communicate to the media, find the latest press releases here

This is the home page for Dr. Ted Schuur's laboratory. The lab recently moved to Northern Arizona University and is now part of the Center of Ecosystem Science and Society (ECOSS).

The research in our lab focuses on:

  • the interactions between terrestrial ecosystems and global change
  • the exchange of carbon between plants, soils, and the atmosphere
  • understanding the response of terrestrial ecosystems to changes in climate and disturbance regimes
  • responses of arctic ecosystems to climate change

    Please see below for details on our research, our lab members and publications



    our research

    our lab

    new publications

    McGuire AD, Lawrence DM, Koven CD, Clein J, Burke EJ, Chen G, Jafarov E, MacDougall A, Marchenko S, Nicolsky D, Peng S-S, Rinke A, Ciais P, Gouttevin I, Hayes D, Ji D, Krinner G, Moore J, Romanovsky V, Schädel C, Schaefer K, Schuur EAG, Zhuang Q (2018) The dependence of the evolution of carbon dynamics in the Northern Permafrost Region on the trajectory of climate change Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018)

    Strauss J, Schirrmeister L, Grosse G, Fortier D, Hugelius G, Knoblauch C, Romanovsky V, Schädel C, von Deimling TS, Schuur EAG, Shmelev D, Ulrich M, Veremeeva A Deep Yedoma permafrost: A synthesis of depositional characteristics and carbon vulnerability. Earth-Science Reviews.

    Celis G, Mauritz M, Bracho R, Salmon VG, Webb EE, Hutchings J, Natali SM, Schädel C, Crummer KG, Schuur EAG (2017). Tundra is a consistent source of CO2 at a site with progressive permafrost thaw during six years of chamber and eddy covariance measurements. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. doi:10.1002/2016JG003671

    Zhang X, Hutchings JA, Bianchi TS, Liu Y, Arellano AR, Schuur EAG (2017) Importance of lateral flux and its percolation depth on organic carbon export in Arctic tundra soil: Implications from a soil leaching experiment. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciencesdoi:10.1002/2016JG003754

    Mauritz M, Bracho R, Celis G, Hutchings J, Natali SM, Pegoraro E, Salmon VG, Schädel C, Webb EE and Schuur EAG (2017), Non-linear CO2 flux response to seven years of experimentally induced permafrost thaw. Glob Change Biol. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/gcb.13661

    Olefeldt D, Goswami S, Grosse G, et al. (2016) Circumpolar distribution and carbon storage of thermokarst landscapes. Nature Communications, 7, 13043. doi:10.1038/ncomms13043

    McGuire AD, Schädel C, Schuur EAG, et al. (2016) Variability in the sensitivity among model simulations of permafrost and carbon dynamics in the permafrost region between 1960 and 2009. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. doi:10.1002/2016GB005405

    Schädel C, Bader MKF, Schuur EAG et al. (2016) Potential carbon emissions dominated by carbon dioxide from thawed permafrost soils. Nature Clim. Change, 6, 950-953. doi:10.1038/nclimate3054