Benjamin Houlton

Ph.D. Princeton University

Research Interests

  • We examine biogeochemical cycles and ecological interactions from an Earth system perspective. Our goal is to develop a basic understanding of the Earth system, coupled with applied knowledge of ecosystem responses to global environmental change. We focus primarily on interactions between carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, using models, observations, and experimental manipulations of intact ecosystems. Our work takes place in a variety of biomes, from grasslands to forests, the tropics to extra-tropics, and across scales ranging from microbes to the biosphere.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology


  • Land, Air and Water Resources