Director, BU URBAN Program; Professor of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
- PhD, Cornell University
Pamela Templer is broadly interested in ecosystem ecology and the influence that plant-microbial interactions have on nutrient cycling, retention and loss. She is particularly interested in the effects that human activities, such as fossil fuel combustion, introduction of non-native plant species, land use change and climate change, have on forest ecosystems. The Templer Lab focuses on the effects of environmental change, including climate change, atmospheric deposition, and urbanization on biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and water in natural and managed ecosystems. Her team explores how plant-microbial interactions influence carbon exchange, nitrogen retention, forest productivity, and water and air quality. They currently work in temperate forests of the northeastern United States, urban sites throughout the Greater Boston Area, and tropical forests of Mexico.