Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Carol Wessman Group

Carol Wessman Group

Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology

Ecosystem ecology, landscape ecology, regional and global biogeochemical cycling, ecological applications of remote sensing and geographic information systems

Our research program seeks to gain insights on feedback dynamics between ecosystem structure and function, and the influence of disturbance on trajectories of ecosystem processes. Our research approaches involve field studies, remote sensing methodologies investigating temporal and spatial heterogeneity in ecosystem properties, and landscape and ecosystem modeling. We incorporate theory in ecosystem and landscape ecology, with a recent emphasis on resilience and complex system theory. Current research projects include: biogeochemical dynamics of woody plant encroachment in the US Southwest, resilience of forest ecosystems under compound disturbance, and social-ecological systems in urban environments.

Carol Wessman Group's Projects

Current Projects

World Deltas Network

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Social-ecological Systems in Urban Environments

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Regional NPP and Carbon Stocks in Southwestern USA Rangelands: Land-use Impacts on the Grassland-Woodland Balance

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Disturbance Dynamics in Subalpine Forest:

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Architecture for Modeling Ecological Functions

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Members of Carol Wessman Group:


Current Members

Carol A. Wessman Director of CIRES Ecosystem Science Division, Director of the CU Boulder Environmental Studies Program, and Professor

Past members



Carol A. Wessman, Professor

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