Paul Moorcroft

Paul R. Moorcroft

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Phone: 617-496-6744
Office: MCZ Labs, Rm 43
26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Ecological dynamics of terrestrial plant communities and ecosystems; biosphere-atmosphere interactions; mechanistic models of animal movement.

Recent Publications

Powell, T.L., D.R. Galbraith, B.O. Christoffersen, A. Harper, H.M.A. Imbuzeiro, L. Rowland, S. Almeida, P.M. Brando, A.C.L. da Costa, M.H. Costa, N.M. Levine, Y. Malhi, S.R. Saleska, E. Sotta12, M. Williams, P. Meir and P. R. Moorcroft (2013). Confronting model predictions of carbon fluxes with measurements of Amazon forests subjected to experimental drought. New Phytologist. doi: 10.1111/nph.12390

Schimel, D.S., G.P. Asner, and P.R. Moorcroft (2013). Observing changing ecological diversity in the Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. doi:10.1890/120111

Paul R. Moorcroft (2012). Mechanistic approaches to understanding and predicting mammalian space use: recent advances, future directions. Journal of Mammalogy: September 2012, Vol. 93, No. 4, pp. 903-916

Dong, S.X., S.J. Davies, P.S. Ashton, S. Bunyavejchewin, M. N. Nur-Supardi, A.R. Kassim, S. Tan and P. R. Moorcroft (2012). Variability in solar radiation and temperature explains observed patterns and trends in tree growth rates across four tropical forests. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B: doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1124

Kim, Y., R.G. Knox, M. Longo, D. Medvigy, L.R. Hutyra, E.H. Pyle, S.C. Wofsy, R.L. Bras, and P.R. Moocroft (2012). Seasonal carbon dynamics and water fluxes in an Amazon rainforest. Global Change Biology, (18) 4: 1322-1334.

Medvigy, D. and P.R. Moorcroft (2012). Predicting ecosystem dynamics at regional scales: an evaluation of a terrestrial biosphere model for the forests of northeastern North America. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B (2012) 367, 222–235

Michael C. Dietze and Paul R. Moorcroft. Tree mortality in the eastern and central U.S.:Patterns and Drivers. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02477.x.

Antonarakis, A.S., S.S. Saatchi, R.L. Chazdon, P.R. Moorcroft (2010). Using Lidar and Radar measurements to constrain predictions of forest ecosystem structure and function. Ecolological Applications June, Vol.21, No.4: 1120-1137.

Courses Taught

OEB 157. Global Change Biology
OEB 311. Ecosystem Ecology


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