- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. Biology, University of Tartu, Estonia
- Graduate Education
- M.S. Forest Science, Michigan Technological University
- Ph.D. Forest Science, Michigan Technological University
Dr. Noormets is a Forest Ecologist with background in plan ecophysiology (carbon and nutrient use), ecosystem biochemistry (ecosystem- and landscape level exchange of carbon, water and energy), and global change ecology (plant responses to increasing atmospheric CO2 and ozone. His current work focuses on soil carbon balance and plant carbon allocation in different ecosystems, and in response to various management and land us changes. Understanding the interactive effects between environmental conditions like water and nutrient availability, atmospheric CO2 and other pollutants on ecosystem function will help develop management strategies that maximize ecosystem resilience, and ensure continued provisioning of ecosystem services that we depend on.
Research Interests and Specializations
Carbon cycle, carbon allocation, ecosystem management, respiration, forest management
Forest Ecology Lab
The Forest Ecology Lab studies how forest carbon, water, and nutrient cycling respond to environmental and land use change, and management activities. Research focuses in the maintenance of functionally diverse, healthy ecosystems, and the tolerance of external disturbances. The research team uses a combination of field observations (eddy covariance, allometry, chamber fluxes, micrometeorological monitoring), field and laboratory experiments, and empirical and ecosystem models to answer questions about the physiological processes that govern ecosystem resilience in the changing environment.
Active areas of work include: