Michael Dietze

Associate Professor

Educational Background

PhD, Duke University, 2006
BS, Duke University, 2000

Current Research

The general theme of our work is to gain a quantitative understanding of plant ecosystem and community dynamics across scales from the individual to the globe. This is achieved by a balanced combination of field research, novel statistical methods, numerical models, and ecoinformatics tools. Current projects include climate-fire-vegetation relationships in the Alaskan tundra, assessing climate change impacts on forest biodiversity, the role of carbon reserves in forest demography, assessing the sustainability of woody biofuel feedstocks, validating ecosystem models against paleoecological data, and the development of ecoinformatics tools for model-data integration.