Ben Poulter

In January 2014, I joined the faculty in the Department of Ecology at Montana State University.benpoulter

Previously, I spent 2000-2005 at Duke University for my PhD, and then carried out post-doc positions at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (2006-2009), the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Snow, Forest and Landscape Research WSL (2009-2011), and the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et l’Environnement (2011-2013).

My research addresses the role of vegetation dynamics on earth system processes, i.e., carbon and nutrient cycling and climate feedbacks. I work with an ensemble of ecosystem models known as dynamic global vegetation models, or DGVMs, to explore hypotheses related to climate, disturbance, and land-cover change impacts on vegetation. DGVM models provide a useful approach to combine information from forest inventory, flux towers, and remote sensing, with ecological theory, to test predictions at multiple timescales in the past, present, and future.

I am engaged in several multi-model syntheses exercises (MsTMIP, TRENDY, WETCHIMP, LBA) and have contributed to the recent Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group I “Chapter 6: Carbon and other biogeochemical cycles”. In 2016, I joined the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellows program to participate in training and outreach related to climate communication.

Please contact me at if you have questions or are interested in joining my Ecosystem Dynamics Lab at MSU!


  • Duke University, Durham NC, PhD (2005)
  • University of Idaho, Moscow, BS (1997)


  • 2016-2017 – AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow
  • 2011-2012 – Chinese National Science Foundation Young Foreign Scholars Fellowship
  • 2009-2011 – EU Marie Curie FP7 Incoming International Fellowship
  • 2006-2008 – EU Marie Curie FP6 Incoming International Fellowship (declined)
  • 2002-2005 – NASA Earth System Science Graduate Fellowship
  • 2002-2003 – FK Weyerhaeuser Forest History Society Fellowship


  • Global Carbon Project, Carbon Atlas, TRENDY
  • IPCC 5th Assessment Report