Last update: 2013-02-28 12:35:15

Gary M. Lovett

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Box AB
Millbrook, NY 12545
Telephone: 845-677-7600
FAX: 845-677-5976

Ph.D., Dartmouth College, Plant Ecology, 1981
B.S., Union College, Biology, 1975

Professional Positions:
  • Senior Scientist (2004 - Present) Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, MIllbrook, NY
  • Adjunct Professor (2004 - Present) Department of Biological Sciences, University at Albany, Albany, NY
  • Associate Member, Graduate Faculty in Ecology (1989 - Present) Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Scientist (1995 - 2004) Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY
  • Associate Scientist (1989 - 1995) Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY
  • Assistant Scientist (1985 - 1989) Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY
  • Research Associate (1983 - 1985), University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Stationed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (1981-1983) US Department of Energy Postdoctoral Research Training Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Environmental Sciences Division.

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    My main research interests involve forest ecosystem ecology, including effects of air pollution, climate change and introduced pests and pathogens on forests, nutrient cycling, the role of individual species in ecosystem function, and regional scale analysis of biogeochemistry.

    Distinguished Awards and Memberships:
    Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Chair, Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study Scientific Coordinating Committee, 2011-present; Chair, Steering Committee, Northeastern Ecosystem Research Cooperative, 2000-present. Member, Organizing Committee, Workshop on Air Pollution and Biodiversity. Nature Conservancy/IES Workshop, Millbrook, NY, May 2004 Member, Coweeta LTER External Advisory Committee, June 2004. Chair, Steering Committee, Tenth Cary Conference, 2001-2004 Chair, Gordon Conference on Forested Catchments, 1999-2001. Co-organizer, Acid Rain Workshop, Institute of Ecosystem Studies, January 2000 Vice Chair, Gordon Conference on Forested Catchments, 1997-1999. Panel member, US Geological Survey Cooperative Research Program Evaluation team, 1999. Peer review panel, National Science Foundation, Long-Term Ecological Research Project at Coweeta, NC, 1999. Expert Witness, US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, 1999 Team member, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Integrating the Nation's Environmental Monitoring and Research Programs: Nutrient Enrichment Team, 1998 Co-chair, Session on "Atmosphere-Canopy Interactions," Second International Forest Canopy Conference, 1998 Advisory Panel, US EPA, /Mountain Acid Deposition Program, 1996-1998 Board of Editors, Ecological Applications, 1995- 1998 Peer Review Panel, US EPA Clean Air Status and Trends Program, 1997 Editorial Review Board, Tree Physiology, 1992- 1995 Ecology Panel, National Science Foundation, 1993- 1994

    Selected Publications:

    Smithwick, E. A. H., D. M. Eissenstat, G. M. Lovett, R. D. Bowden, L. E. Rustad, and C. T. Driscoll. 2013. Root stress and nitrogen deposition: consequences and research priorities. New Phytologist 197:712-719.

    Lovett, G.M. 2013. Critical issues for critical loads. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 110:808-809.

    Crowley,K.F., B.E. McNeil, G.M. Lovett, C.D. Canham, C.T. Driscoll, L.E. Rustad, E. Denny, R.A. Hallett, M.A. Arthur, J.L. Boggs, C.L. Goodale, J.S. Kahl, S.G. McNulty, S.V. Ollinger, L.H. Pardo, P.G. Schaberg, J.L. Stoddard, M.P. Weand, and K.C. Weathers. Do nutrient limitation patterns shift from nitrogen toward phosphorus with increasing nitrogen deposition across the northeastern United States? Ecosystems 15:940-957.

    Tang, M. H., S. Porder, and G. M. Lovett. 2012. Species differences in nitrate reductase activity are unaffected by nitrogen enrichment in northeastern US forests. Forest Ecology and Management 275:52-59.

    Svensson, T., G. Lovett, and G. Likens. 2012. Is chloride a conservative ion in forest ecosystems? Biogeochemistry 107:125-134.

    Fenn, M.E. K. F. Lambert, T. F. Blett, D. A. Burns, L. H. Pardo, G.M. Lovett, R. A. Haeuber, D. C. Evers, C. T. Driscoll, and D.S. Jeffries. 2011. Setting limits: Using air pollution thresholds to protect and restore U.S. ecosystems. Issues in Ecology #14. Ecological Society of America, Washington, D.C.

    Lovett, G.M. and C.L. Goodale. 2011. A new conceptual model of nitrogen saturation based on experimental nitrogen addition to an oak forest. Ecosystems 14:615-631.

    Mitchell, M., G. Lovett, S. Bailey, F. Beall, D. Burns, D. Buso, T. Clair, F. Courchesne, L. Duchesne, C. Eimers, I. Fernandez, D. Houle, D. Jeffries, G. Likens, M. Moran, C. Rogers, D. Schwede, J. Shanley, K. Weathers, and R. Vet. 2011. Comparisons of watershed sulfur budgets in southeast Canada and northeast US: new approaches and implications. Biogeochemistry 103:181-207.

    Pouyat, R. V., K. C. Weathers, R. Hauber, G. M. Lovett, A. Bartuska, L. Christenson, J. L. D. Davis, S. E. G. Findlay, H. Menninger, E. Rosi-Marshall, P. Stine, and N. Lymn. 2010. The role of federal agencies in the application of scientific knowledge. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8:322-328.

    Weand, M. P., M. A. Arthur, G. M. Lovett, R. L. McCulley, and K. C. Weathers. 2010. Effects of tree species and N additions on forest floor microbial communities and extracellular enzyme activities. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 42:2161-2173.

    Christenson, L.M., M.J. Mitchell, P.M. Groffman and G.M. Lovett. 2010. Winter climate change implications for decomposition in Northeastern forests: comparisons of sugar maple litter to herbivore fecal inputs. Global Change Biology 16:2589-2601.

    Lovett, G.M., M.A. Arthur, K. C. Weathers and J.M. Griffin. 2010. Long-term changes in forest carbon and nitrogen cycling caused by an introduced pest/pathogen complex. Ecosystems 13: 1188-1200.

    Katz, D.S.W., G.M. Lovett, C.D. Canham, and C.M. O’Reilly. 2010. Legacies of land-use history diminish over 22 years in a forest in southeastern New York. J. Torrey Botanical Society 137:236-251.

    Weand, M.P. ; M.A Arthur, G.M. Lovett, F. Sikora, and K. C Weathers. 2010. The phosphorus status of northern hardwoods differs by species but is unaffected by nitrogen fertilization. Biogeochemistry 97:159-181.

    Peltzer, D.A., R.B. Allen, G.M. Lovett, D. Whitehead and D.A. Wardle. 2010. Effects of biological invasions on forest carbon sequestration. Global Change Biology 16: 732-746.

    Lovett, G.M , T. H. Tear, D. C. Evers, S.E.G. Findlay, B. J. Cosby, J. K. Dunscomb, C.T. Driscoll and K. C. Weathers. 2009. Effects of air pollution on ecosystems and biological diversity in the eastern United States. The Year in Ecology and Conservation Biology, 2009: Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1162: 99–135.

    Christenson, L.M., G.M. Lovett, K. C. Weathers, M. A. Arthur. 2009. The influence of tree species, nitrogen fertilization, and soil C:N ratio on gross soil nitrogen transformations. Soil Science Society of America Journal 73:638-646.

    Lovett, G.M D. A. Burns, C.T. Driscoll, J.C. Jenkins, M.J. Mitchell, L. Rustad, J. B. Shanley, G.E. Likens, and R. Haeuber. 2007. Who needs environmental monitoring? Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 5:253-260.

    Wallace, Z.P., G.M. Lovett, J.E. Hart, and B. Machona. 2007. Effects of nitrogen saturation on tree growth and death in a mixed-oak forest. Forest Ecology and Management 243:210-218.

    Lovett, G.M., C.D. Canham, M.A. Arthur, K.C. Weathers, and R.D. Fitzhugh. 2006. Forest ecosystem responses to exotic pests and pathogens in eastern North America. Bioscience 56:395-405.

    Graduate Advisor:
    William A. Reiners

    Role at the Hubbard Brook:
    I am the Chair of the Scientific Coordinating Committee for the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study. I am also a member of the Research Approval Committee.

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator