Grant funded to link disturbance, forest structure, and ecosystem productivity

Matthes is a co-PI on a new grant funded by the National Science Foundation MacroSystems Biology program, led by Brady Hardiman at Purdue University. The grant is titled ‘Incorporating canopy structural complexity to improve model forecasts of functional effects of forest disturbance’ and this research will combine LiDAR data with ecosystem modeling at a diverse suite of forested sites across the National Ecological Observatory Network. The goal of the project is to link disturbances with changes in forest structure and productivity, and to improve modeled forecasts of resulting ecosystem processes.