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Jennifer Morse

Research Interests

Understanding ecosystem functions that affect water quality, climate regulation, and carbon sequestration in natural and human-modified ecosystems.

Research Description

We study the retention and processing of nutrients (nitrogen, carbon, and phosphorus) and the flux of greenhouse gases in wetlands, streams, forests, and urban ecosystems. We use approaches from ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry in our work and collaborate across social and biophysical sciences. We are also interested in understanding the biogeochemical functions of restored, engineered, and degraded ecosystems


ESM 321/324: Environmental Systems II
ESM 416/516: Ecosystem Restoration
ESM 427/527 Watershed Biogeochemistry


phone: 503.725.2826
email: jlmorse@pdx.edu
office: SRTC B1-04B

Recent Publications

Morse, J.L., J. Durán, F. Beall, I. Creed, E. Enanga, I. Fernandez, and P.M. Groffman. Soil denitrification fluxes from three northeastern North American forests ranging in nitrogen availability. (accepted)

Durán, J., J.L. Morse, P.M. Groffman, J.L. Campbell, L.M. Christenson, C.T. Driscoll, T.J. Fahey, M.C. Fisk, M.J. Mitchell, and P.H. Templer. Winter climate change affects growing-season soil microbial biomass and activity in northern hardwood forests. (in press)

Morse, J.L., S.F. Werner, C. Gillin, C.L. Goodale, S.W. Bailey, K.J. McGuire, and P.M. Groffman. Searching for biogeochemical hotspots in three dimensions: soil C and N cycling in hydropedologic units in a northern hardwood forest. (in press)

Polsky, C., J.M. Grove, C. Knudson, P.M. Groffman, N. Bettez, J. Cavender-Bares, S.J. Hall, J.B. Heffernan, S.E. Hobbie, K.L. Larson, J.L. Morse, C. Neill, K.C. Nelson, L.A. Ogden, J. O’Neil-Dunne, D.E. Pataki, R. Roy Chowdhury, M.K. Steele. 2014. Assessing the homogenization of urban land management with an application to US residential lawn care. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 111(12): 4432-4437 . 

Steele, M.K., J.B. Heffernan, N. Bettez, J. Cavender-Bares, P.M. Groffman, M. Grove, S. Hall, S.E. Hobbie, K. Larson, J.L. Morse, C. Neill, K.C. Nelson, J. O’Neil-Dunne , L. Ogden, D.E. Pataki, C. Polsky, R. Roy Chowdhury. 2014. Convergent surface water distributions in U.S. cities. Ecosystems 1-13.

Groffman, P.M., J. Cavender-Bares, N.D. Bettez, J.M. Grove, S.J. Hall, J.B. Heffernan, S.E. Hobbie, K.L. Larson, J.L. Morse, C. Neill, K. Nelson, J. O’Neil-Dunne, L. Ogden, D.E. Pataki, C. Polsky, R. Roy Chowdury, M.K. Steele. 2014. Ecological homogenization of urban USA. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12 (1): 74-81.

Ardón, M., J.L. Morse, B.P. Colman, and E.S. Bernhardt. 2013. Drought-induced saltwater incursion leads to increased wetland nitrogen export. Global Change Biology 19(10): 2976-2985.

Durán, J., A. Rodríguez, J.L. Morse and P.M. Groffman. 2013. Winter climate change effects on soil C and N cycles in urban grasslands. Global Change Biology 19(9): 2826-2837.

Morse, J.L. and E.S. Bernhardt. 2013. The relative contribution of nitrification and denitrification to N2O and Nemissions in coastal plain wetlands under contrasting land uses and soil moisture conditions. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 57(1): 635-643.

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