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Jeff Minucci -- PhD Student



I am broadly interested in the effects of global climate change on forest ecosystem processes in the Southeastern US. More specifically, my research focuses on how prolonged growing season drought affects Robinia pseudoacacia, a leguminous tree which is responsible for symbiotically fixing large amounts of atmospheric nitrogen in early successional forests. Since biological nitrogen fixation occurring early in succession greatly outweighs other sources of nitrogen input to the ecosystem, how this species responds to drought has the potential to influence the entire trajectory of forest development.