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Matthew A. Vadeboncoeur

Research Scientist

Matt is currently working on projects examining dendrochronologic stable isotope trends and their relationship with climate and hydrology at sites across the northeastern US, as well as a NASA-funded collaborative project examining drought effects on water use in the Amazon.  He is also a collaborator on the DroughtNet and Silvopasture projects.

Matt completed his Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences at UNH in 2013.  He studied nutrient limitation of primary production in forest ecosystems, and in particular the role of mycorrhizal fungi in acquiring inaccessible nutrients.  His research was supervised by Erik Hobbie, and much of his work was conducted in the UNH Stable Isotope Lab.

More broadly, Matt is interested in better understanding nutrient acquisition and resource allocation processes, as well as how these processes interact with land-use, management, and disturbance history to affect cycles of water, nutrients, carbon, and energy in forest ecosystems. 

Prior to arriving at UNH for graduate school, Matt worked in the Schmitt and Hamburg Labs at Brown University.  Much of his current and previous research has taken place at Hubbard Brook and Bartlett Experimental Forests in New Hampshire.  He continues to be involved in the MELNHE project examining the effects of chronic N, P, and Ca additions to forest ecosystems.

Matt taught Biogeography (GEOG 573) at UNH in spring 2014.

e-mail: Matt Vadeboncoeur