Paul Stoy, Montana State University
Paul Stoy, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He has his Ph.D., 2006, from Duke University; and a B.A. 2001, from University of Wisconsin.
Paul's area of focus is surface-atmosphere exchange of water, energy, and trace gases with an emphasis on plot scale measurements and regional and global scale synthesis. Specific interests including quantifying the impacts of land use change and climate change on the surface energy balance, the carbon cycle, and hydrology in temperate, boreal, and arctic ecosystems.
Recent publications can be found here.
Ben Poulter, NASA
Ben Poulter is a Research Scientist in the Earth Sciences Division at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. His research is focused on understanding how terrestrial ecosystems recycle and store carbon from the atmosphere in vegetation and soils. Using ecological models, with observations from satellites, field studies and experiments, Ben's group investigates processes that span the exchange of CO2 at the leaf level, to how climate change, deforestation, disturbance alter vegetation at continental to global scales.
Ben received his PhD from Duke University in 2005, and worked at a variety of research institutes across Europe before setting up a research group at Montana State University in 2014, since the fall of 2016, Ben has been affiliated with NASA. His research is published in both the primary literature, in peer-reviewed publications, governmental reports, i.e., the IPCC and USGCRP, and also featured in various media outlets such as The Conversation and on NPR. His role on WAFERx will be to develop the LPJ dynamic global vegetation model to simulate biofuel production under various land-cover and land-use change scenarios and to provide projections for changes in vegetation cover and biogeochemistry that will be used to inform water quality, biodiversity, and energy production impacts.
Selena Ahmed, Montana State University
Ben Rashford, University of Wyoming
Ben Rashford, PhD, is an associate professor in the Dept. of Ag & Applied Economics at the University of Wyoming. His current appointment is split between teaching, research and extension.
Ben's research and extension efforts are focused broadly in the areas of environmental and natural resource economics, with particularly interests in natural resource issues at the intersection of agricultural production and the environment. Some of his current research and extension projects include:
- Conservation and management of wildlife on private land
- Effects of climate change on land use and habitat conservation
- Economics of wildlife disease in range livestock production systems
On the WAFERx project, Ben will be leading the Wyoming team who will analyze the economic implications of achieving different BECCS scenarios, including how various economic and climate drivers influence the region's land use, how alternative farming systems affect on-farm profitability, and how different BECCS options affect the regional economy.
Ben also teaches a graduate course in research methods (AGEC 5650), which covers written and oral communication skills for applied economics research.
David Swanson, University of South Dakota
David Swanson, PhD, is Director, Missouri River Institute, and Professor of Biology at the University of South Dakota. His research interests are broadly based in the areas of avian ecology and ecological physiology and the evolution of physiological adaptation in animals (particularly vertebrates). Within these broad areas, his specific research foci include:
- Patterns, mechanisms and evolution of seasonal phenotypic flexibility and adaptation to cold in birds;
- Habitat use during migration and breeding for Northern Prairie birds, particularly including comparisons of natural and human-modified habitats.
Dr. Swanson will be involved in the avian biodiversity modeling sub-project of the WAFERx project, which will examine how landscape changes in the Northern Prairie region related to various BECCS scenarios will impact bird biodiversity, abundance and productivity in the Upper Missouri River Basin.
Meghann Jarchow, University of South Dakota
Meghann Jarchow, PhD, is the coordinator of the Sustainability Program at USD. Her research focuses on prairie plant community ecology, sustainability pedagogy, and scenario planning.
For the WAFERx project, Meghann will be leading the research focused on visioning for a sustainable and desirable UMRB and mapping cultural ecosystem services associated with land use and land-use change in the UMRB.
She received her PhD (2012) in sustainable agriculture and ecology and evolutionary biology from Iowa State University, her MS (2005) in biology from Minnesota State University – Mankato, and her BA (2002) in biology from Ripon College.
Her lab website can be found at www.JarchowLab.org.