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Jennifer A. Plaut


  • Department of Biology
  • University of New Mexico
  • Albuquerque, NM 87131
  • Phone: 505-277-8685
  • jplaut at unm dot edu


  • 2002 - Brown University, Providence, RI, ScB - Environmental Science, with honors
      Thesis - "Carbon accumulation and distribution in a boreal mixedwood logged chronosequence near Wabowden, Manitoba"
  • 2006 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, Ph.D. in Biology, expected June 2011, Advisor: William Pockman

Research Interests

  • Intersection of large-scale abiotic phenomena such as global climate change with plant-level physiological mechanisms and their combined effects on community structure and function
  • Land use change and its effects on carbon and nutrient cycling
  • Physiological consequences of drought and adaptations by plants to deal with and avoid drought stress

Current Support

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship: Plant Interactions in Arid Lands in the Context of Global Climate Change

Publications and Presentations

Martin, J.L., S.T. Gower, J. Plaut, and B. Holmes. 2005. Carbon pools in a boreal mixedwood logging chronosequence.  Global Change Biology 11:1883-1894

Hane, E., S. Hamburg, A. Barber, and J. Plaut. 2003. Phytotoxicity of American beech leaf leachate to sugar maple seedlings in a greenhouse experiment.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33:814-821

Plaut, J., S.T. Gower, B. Bond-Lamberty, J. Martin. 2001.  Carbon dynamics of a boreal logging chronosequence in Northern Manitoba.  Poster, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

Teaching Assistantships

  • Global Change: Ecology and Climate, Environmental Studies, Brown University Fall 2003


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