Richardson Lab

Offices: 421, 422 (617-496-0825) and 401

Lab: 138 (617-496-1531)

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Lab Group 2014

Andrew Richardson

Faculty Web Page

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

PhD 2003, Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

HUH 421 (tel. 617-496-1277)

Research Interests: Terrestrial ecosystems, forest ecology and the carbon cycle; biosphere-atmosphere interactions; biological impacts of climate change; feedbacks between vegetation and the climate system; plant phenology; data-model fusion and inverse modeling. Curriculum vitae: Download PDF

Julie Shoemaker

Postdoctoral fellow

PhD 2010, Harvard University

HUH 422

Research Interests: Research Interests: Improving the mechanistic understanding of terrestrial methane cycling and release, particularly from wetlands. More generally, applying geochemical techniques to ecological questions, particularly relating to carbon cycling and climate change, over a variety of timescales. Other interests include redox boundaries and their impact on microbial processes, permafrost methane cycling, and interactions between climate science and policy.

Min Chen

Personal Web Page

Postdoctoral fellow

PhD 2013, Purdue University

HUH 422

Research Interests: Mechanistic ecosystem/land surface modeling and applications; improving the current understanding of carbon and water cycles between the terrestrial ecosystems and atmosphere, especially at large spatial scales. I use models to develop and test hypotheses regarding the importance of various factors in regulating the long-term atmosphere-biosphere interactions, and explore the associated uncertainties.

Brett Huggett

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Postdoctoral fellow

PhD 2013, Harvard University

HUH 422

Research Interests: Plant physiology, plant anatomy, xylem structure and function, plant biochemistry, dendrochronology, dendrology, forest ecology, and plant/fungal interactions. Focusing on nonstructural carbohydrate reserves in forest trees and adaptations and/or responses among tree species in relation to long-term or seasonal stress factors.

Donald Aubrecht

Postdoctoral fellow

Lab Safety Officer

PhD 2013, Harvard University

HUH 401

Research Interests: Terrestrial ecosystems and the carbon cycle; canopy and single tree-scale heat fluxes; plant phenology; image processing and remote instrumentation; data-model fusion.

Koen Hufkens

Postdoctoral fellow

Postdoctoral fellow (Boston University, 2009-2011)

PhD 2009, University of Antwerp, Belguim

HUH 401

Research Interests: Biogeography and macro-ecology with a strong background in remote sensing and numerical ecology. Past research included quantification of forest fragmentation, characterization of land surface dynamics (phenology) using (near-surface) remote sensing data, assessments of the stand dynamics and eco-physiology (using wood core stable isotopes) of humid tropical forests (DR Congo). My current research focusses on modelling inter- and intra-annual variability of grassland phenology.

Margaret Kosmala

Personal Web Page

Postdoctoral fellow

PhD 2013, University of Minnesota

HUH 401

Research Interests: Community dynamics, biodiversity, ecosystem function and resilience, macro ecology and sustainability, impact of human activity on natural systems, quantitative methods for processing and analyzing large ecological data sets, citizen science.

Graham Dow

Postdoctoral fellow

PhD 2014, Stanford University

HUH 422

Research Interests: stomatal development and physiology; plant-environment interactions and feedbacks; physiological climate forcing; developmental plasticity, adaptation, and evolution; genetics; predictive modeling; integrating and scaling cellular, organismic, and ecosystem processes.

Morgan Furze

Personal Web Page

PhD Student

Lab Webmaster

HUH 138

Research Interests: Terrestrial ecosystems, global change, nonstructural carbohydrate reserve dynamics, plant pests & diseases, and conservation biology.

Stephen Klosterman

PhD Student

HUH 138


Research Interests: Terrestrial ecosystems, global change, trace gas fluxes, biometeorology, plant phenology. Field studies and modeling.

Miriam Johnston

PhD Student

HUH 138

Research Interests: Plant phenology, global change, carbon dynamics, biodiversity, biogeography, statistical model development & uncertainty, application of remote sensing technology.

Meghan Blumstein

PhD Student

HUH 138

Research Interests: Global change, plant pests & diseases, forest community ecology, dendrochronology, ecosystem/land surface modeling, vegetation-climate feedbacks.

John O'Keefe

Field Phenologist

Fisher Museum Coordinator, Harvard Forest - retired

PhD 1987, University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Research Interests: Plant phenology and climate interactions; forest and environmental history and long-term studies; improving K-12 environmental education; conservation practices and conservation biology.

Visitors and regular collaborators

Mariah Carbone

Personal Web Page

Research Scientist, University of New Hampshire

PhD 2007, University of California Irvine

HUH 422

Research Interests: Response of ecosystems to climate change, use of isotopes (14C and 13C) as tracers to study terrestrial carbon cycling, soil processes in arid and Mediterranean ecosystems, respirology, partitioning of ecosystem respiration (above vs. below ground, autotrophic vs. heterotrophic components).

Alatna Z. Richardson

Junior Research Fellow and Technician-in-Training

Research Interests: I like flowers and fuzzy animals!

Mark Friedl

Lab Web Page

Visiting Researcher - 2012-13 Bullard Fellow (in residence, 401 HUH)

Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University

Research Interests: Remote sensing of biogeophysical patterns and processes.

Josh Gray

Postdoc (Boston University)

PhD 2011, University of North Carolina

Research Interests: The role of ecosystem processes in Earth’s carbon and water cycles, and their interaction with the climate system.

Eli Melaas

PhD Student (Boston University)

Research Interests: Forest phenology modeling and terrestrial carbon and water cycles.

Lab Alumni

Lynda V. Mapes

Knight Fellow, Science Journalism, MIT

Reporter, Seattle Times

Lynda is a journalist who specializes in coverage of native ecosystems, cultures, and environmental topics. She is the author of three books, including "Elwha, a River Reborn". As part of her MIT appointment, she will be based at the Richardson lab for the 2013-14 academic year to pursue a supervised reading on climate change and phenology, which will hopefully lead to a review paper. She is also working on a proposal for a new book.

Dmitri Ilushin

Undergraduate Student (Harvard College)


Research Interests: Computer science.

Min Lee

Undergraduate Student (Harvard College)


Research Interests: Global climate, phenology feedbacks and societal impacts.

Alex Cunha

Undergraduate Student (Harvard College)

Research Interests: Plants and climate change, nitrogen cycling in Pacific Northwest forests, specifically how migrating salmon introduce marine nutrients to inland freshwater systems as a byproduct of their life cycle. Currently working on a field study in the Klamath River Basin.

Andreas Westergaard-Nielsen

Visiting PhD student (University of Copenhagen)

October–November 2013

Research Interests: climate change, image processing, phenology, and spatial analysis of Arctic ecosystems.

Michael Toomey

Personal Web Page

Postdoctoral fellow (November 2011-September 2013)

PhD 2011, University of California Santa Barbara

HUH 401

Research Interests: Remote sensing of forest ecology, emphasizing integration of in situ data with imagery to quantify forest ecophysiology; biosphere-atmosphere interactions; land cover change monitoring and human-environment interactions; GIS and spatial analysis.

Trevor Keenan

Postdoctoral fellow (Harvard University 2010-2013)

PhD 2009, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Currently: Research scientist at Macquarie University, Australia

Research Interests: Improving the current understanding of, and ability to model, carbon and water fluxes from the terrestrial biosphere. Focusing on forest ecosystems, I use models of varying complexity to test and develop current hypothesis regarding the importance of different physiological processes in regulating both short and long term biosphere- atmosphere interactions.

Anne Kakouridis

PhD Student


Research Interests: Plants, global changes and ecosystem processes.

Chris Round

Special Student (Harvard College, 2012-2013)


Research Interests:Biological impacts of climate change. Changes in species spatial distribution in response to climate change. Impacts of climate change on conservation practices. Conservation biology and restoration ecology.

Fiona Jevon

Undergraduate Student (Harvard College, Class of 2013)

Anika Petach

Undergraduate Student (Harvard College, Class of 2013)


Research Interests: Remote sensing and its applications to plant phenology.


Elizabeth Felts

Undergraduate student (Harvard College, Class of 2014)

REU Intern at Harvard Forest 2011

Research Interests: Forest phenology modeling and terrestrial carbon and water cycles.

Bridget Darby

Undergraduate Student (Boston College, Class of 2013)

REU Intern at Harvard Forest 2011

Currently, PhD student at Cornell

Koen Hufkens

Personal Web Page

Postdoctoral fellow (Boston University, 2009-2011)

PhD 2009, University of Antwerp, Belguim

Research Interests: Quantitative spatial ecology / biogeography assessing influences of anthropogenic disturbances on ecosystem functioning. Characterization of phenology - climate interactions, using satellite (MODIS) and near-surface remote sensing.

Oliver Sonnentag

Personal Web Page

Postdoctoral fellow (August 2010-August 2011)

PhD 2008, University of Toronto

Currently: Assistant Professor, Université de Montréal

Research Interests: Understanding alterations in biosphere-atmosphere interactions due to global environmental change; local, regional and global biophysical parameter monitoring and mapping to study changes in ecosystem structure, functioning and phenology; GIScience education

Youngryel Ryu

Personal Web Page

Postdoctoral fellow (September 2010 - June 2011)

PhD 2010, University of California Berkeley

Currently: Assistant Professor, Seoul National University

Research Interests: Theory, measurement and modeling of canopy radiative transfer, photosynthesis and evaporation from plot level to the global scale. Environmental ecology. Phenology. Terrestrial carbon and water cycle. Application of cloud computing to the environmental sciences.

Shutao Chen

Visiting Researcher (2011)

Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing, China

Research Interests: Modeling the temporal and spatial variability of soil respiration; Measurements of greenhouse gases emissions from ecosystems. Responses of soil carbon and nitrogen cycles to environmental factors (e.g., UV-B and Acid rain) changes.

Cory Teshera-Sterne

Programmer (September 2010 - June 2011)

BA Mount Holyoke College 2010


Chenrui Wang

Visiting Researcher (2011)

PhD Student (in Geography), Roskilde University, Denmark

Research Interests: Modeling leaf area index and leaf nitrogen impacts on net ecosystem carbon dioxide exchange in agricultural and forest ecosystems.

Motomu Toda

Visitor (March - April, 2011)

Assistant Professor - Faculty of Environmental Earth Sciences

Hokkaido University, Japan

Research Interests: Vegetation dynamics; terrestrial feedback response to changing climate, especially energy and carbon exchanges between an atmosphere and cool-temperate and boreal forest ecosystems; simulation analysis based on a prosess-based model; evaluating impacts of large-scale climatic patterns on annual variability in carbon dynamics in forest ecosystems.

Mirco Migliavacca

University of Milan

Visiting postdoctoral fellow (October-December 2009)

Jasper Bloemen

University of Ghent

Visiting PhD student (November 2009-January 2010)