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Dr. Melissa S. Lucash

Research Assistant Professor

My research interests have always been centered around improving our understanding of feedbacks between above- and
belowground processes. I began my research career studying climate change impacts on leaf physiology (M.S. in Environmental Science at Oregon State University). While working as a plant physiologist with Dynamac Corporation (US EPA Laboratory- Western Ecology Division in OR), I became more aware of the importance of understanding belowground processes. This led me to pursue a Ph.D. in root physiology and soils at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. I studied nutrient uptake by trees, both in the laboratory and in the field (Calhoun Experimental Forest in SC and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in NH).  

After graduation, I turned my sttention to biogeochemistry, studying nutrient cycling of foliage and soils in the northeastern U.S. After many years of empirical studies, I have now shifted to modelling work. In my research, I focus primarily on studying the impacts of climate change, disturbances and forest management on forests.  I'm currently working on research projects in WI (VIFF), CA/OR (Klamath) and MN (see Projects listed below).

Phone:  503-725-3894 (office)  Email:  lucash [at]

Twitter Handle: @MelissaLucash

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Researcher ID:  Publication List and Citation Statistics

Melissa Lucash,
Feb 6, 2017, 7:23 PM