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Research Interests

I work at the interfaces of biological, geological and climatological sciences. The overall objective of my research is to understand long-term ecosystem dynamics under changing climatic conditions. To achieve this objective, I use "the natural experiments of the past" that are archived in geological deposits (e.g., lake sediments). These deposits offer a long-term holistic perspective into past environmental conditions, some of which do not exist today but may be analogs of different climatic conditions in the future. In pursuing my research interests, I integrate traditional paleoecological analyses and state-of-the-art analytical tools (e.g., genomic, geochemical, and numerical-modeling techniques). My students and I have conducted field research from the tropics to the Arctic to address a wide array of global change questions. We have authored more than 110 scholarly articles in top-tier disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals.

I am currently serving as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Despite my administrative duties, I continue to enjoy working closely with students on their research projects. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to contact me directly to explore research of mutual interest.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Washington
 

Office Phone

+1.217.244.2982

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Research Output 1993 2020

tundra
ecosystems
Ecosystems
near infrared
Fires

Automated detection of thermoerosion in permafrost ecosystems using temporally dense Landsat image stacks

Lara, M. J., Chipman, M. L. & Hu, F. S., Feb 2019, In : Remote Sensing of Environment. 221, p. 462-473 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Permafrost
permafrost
Landsat
Ecosystems
Lakes

Consequences of climatic thresholds for projecting fire activity and ecological change

Young, A. M., Higuera, P. E., Abatzoglou, J. T., Duffy, P. A. & Hu, F. S., Apr 2019, In : Global Ecology and Biogeography. 28, 4, p. 521-532 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

tundra
boreal forests
uncertainty
ecosystems
climate

Resilience of lake biogeochemistry to boreal-forest wildfires during the late Holocene

Chipman, M. L. & Hu, F. S., Aug 1 2019, In : Biology Letters. 15, 8, 20190390.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

biogeochemistry
Lakes
wildfires
boreal forests
lakes

Rethinking long-term vegetation dynamics: multiple glacial refugia and local expansion of a species complex

Napier, J. D., de Lafontaine, G., Heath, K. D. & Hu, F. S., May 2019, In : Ecography. 42, 5, p. 1056-1067 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Alnus
vegetation dynamics
species complex
refugium
refuge habitats