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. 


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  • Graduate student positions are available starting Spring/Fall 2019 to work on the food, energy, and water nexus. Please see join the lab page for more information about the opportunities. 
  • Connor Perkins joined the group. He is working on his honors thesis on comparing an expensive commercial soil CO2 flux measurement systems with an inexpensive custom made system. Welcome to the group!
  • Two research papers from our group came online this month. Click on the images to read more.

  • Megan joined the rice team.
  • Kusum gave a talk at the TERI School of Advance Studies, New Delhi, India. 
  • Kusum is selected to participate in NEON/QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network.