• 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
  • Spring at CiPEHR
  • Fall at the Gradient site; credit: E. Webb
  • Snowfences at CiPEHR; credit: S. Natali
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ECOSS Seminar

Ecosystem Science and Communication Seminar (BIO 698) taught each semester at Northern Arizona University.

Prerequisite: Graduate student in ecosystem science, or contact instructor

Text: No required textbook

This course trains students in research development and science communication. The format is a weekly seminar in which students formally present their research ideas and results to a scientific audience (peer graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty) with the specific goal of obtaining constructive and critical feedback on both the science ideas and the presentation format.

Course instructors: Schuur/Mack/Marks/Hungate


Ecosystems and Climate Change (BIO 479) taught during the 2019 spring term at Northern Arizona University. Every other spring thereafter.

Prerequisite: Biology, chemistry, ecology.

Text: Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology, 2nd Ed. Chapin, Matson, and Vitousek. 2012

This class is a graduate class also appropriate for advanced upper division undergraduates. The material emphasizes the basic controls over terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem structure and function in relation to environmental issues.

Course instructors: Schuur/Mack/Marks


Radiocarbon in Ecology and Earth System Science short course was taught during the summer 2019 and every other year thereafter. 2019 was held at the University of California, Irvine.

Prerequisite: Contact instructor

Text: Radiocarbon and Climate Change: Mechanisms, Applications, and Laboratory Techniques. Schuur, Druffel, and Trumbore (eds.). 2016

This short course is offered as a one-week class, combining hands-on laboratory training with seminars by guest lecturers. The course is designed to expose graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and other researchers to the emerging technology of accelerator mass spectrometry for measuring radiocarbon, and to use that as an organizing principle to educate about the global carbon cycle and climate.

Course instructors: Schuur/Trumbore/Czimczik and others