Understanding our environment

Sharon Billings

Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Dean's Professor, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
she/her/hers
Primary office:
785-864-1560
154 Higuchi Hall


Summary

Research Interests

  • Ecosystem ecology
  • Climate change
  • Soil organic matter
  • Microbial ecology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Stable isotope ecology

Academic degrees
Ph.D., Ecosystems Ecology, Duke University, 1998
M.S., Ecosystems Ecology Duke University, 1996
B.A., Political Science, University of New Hampshire, 1991


Area of specialization
Global change biology


Research interests
Our research investigates how forest and grassland biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nutrients, and water is influenced by climate, vegetation, nutrient availability, and natural and anthropogenic disturbance regimes. We explore scales ranging from microorganisms to the whole ecosystem. In so doing, we invoke tools from a wide range of disciplines, including ecosystem ecology, ecophysiology, microbial ecology and soil science. We quantify pools and fluxes of carbon and nutrients in soils and vegetation to assess how ecosystems respond to environmental conditions, often using stable isotopic signatures in biomass, soil organic matter, and multiple greenhouse gases to infer driving mechanisms.


Publications
Please see a list of Sharon's publications on her lab website.


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