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Biogeochemical and Ecological Processes in Forest and Agricultural Systems

Over the past several decades, our research has focused on the effects of land use change and other human caused changes on biogeochemical processes and trace gas exchanges in tropical environments. Ourwork has ranged from measuring trace gas emissions in tropical forests and agricultural systems and developing an ecologically based global budget for the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide to analyzing the consequences of nitrogen deposition for biogeochemical processes in tropic forests. We also collaborate with the growing group of other faculty and students at Stanford working on biogeochemical studies ( ; ;

Holtgrieve, G.W., P.K. Jewett, and P.A. Matson. 2006. “Variations in soil N cycling and trace gas emissions in wet tropical forests.” Oecologia 146(4): 585-594.

Lohse, K.A., and P.A. Matson. 2005. “Consequences of nitrogen additions for soil processes and solution losses from wet tropical forests.” Ecological Applications 15(5): 1629-1648.

Hedin, L.O., P.M. Vitousek, and P.A. Matson. 2003. “Nutrient losses over four million years of tropical forest development.” Ecology 84(9): 2231-2255.

Matson, P.A., K. Lohse, and S. Hall. 2002. “The globalization of nitrogen deposition: Consequences for terrestrial ecosystems.” Ambio 31(2): 113-119.