Research in the Naithani lab focuses on three complementary themes: (1) understanding spatio-temporal dynamics of ecosystem structure and function, 2) upscaling carbon and water fluxes from plants to landscape, and 3) understanding and modeling the influence of disturbance and global change on socio-ecological systems. All current and past projects combine field and modeling approaches.

Recent Publications

Moon J. B., DeWitt T. H., Errend M. N., Bruins R. J. F., Kentula M. E., Chamberlain S. J., Fennessy M. S., and Naithani K. J. (2017) Model application niche analysis: Assessing the transferability and generalizability of ecological models. Ecosphere 8(10): e01974. 10.1002/ecs2.1974

Baldwin D., Naithani K. J. & Lin H. (2017) Combined soil-terrain stratification for characterizing catchment-scale soil moisture variation. Geoderma, 285: 260–269. 

Moon J. B., Wardrop D. H., Bruns M. A. V., Miller R. M., and Naithani K. J. (2016) Land-use and land-cover effects on soil microbial community abundance and composition in headwater riparian wetlands. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 97: 215–233.


2017              2016              2015              2014

  • Andy and Kusum received NSF funding to study genetic variation in rice photosynthesis.
  • JB is presenting model transferability work at ESA in Portland. 
  • Kusum received NSF funding to study tropical montane forest in Borneo. Read more about the project here.
  • Jackson and Kusum received Honors College Research Grant to study rice genotypes. Read more about the project here
  • Kusum presented rice project work at the Plant and Animal Genome meeting in SanDiego.