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 benjamin.poulter@montana.edu if you have questions or are interested in joining my Ecosystem Dynamics Lab at MSU!

Education

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

Fellowships

  • 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

Activities

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