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Matthew A. Vadeboncoeur

Research Scientist

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

Matt's current projects are centered around using stable isotopes in tree rings to characterize the response of forest carbon and water cycles to increased atmospheric carbon, climate change, and other stressors such as acid deposition.  He has current work in the northeastern USA, and in the Amazon basin

Matt is also a key collaborator on the Asbjornsen Ecohydrology Lab's ongoing DroughtNet experiments at UNH's Thompson Farm and at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest.

Matt completed his PhD 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.

Prior to arriving at UNH for graduate school, Matt worked in the Schmitt (plant evolutionary biology) and Hamburg (forest ecosystem) 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