Last update: 2010-01-08 17:27:06

Scott V. Ollinger

University of New Hampshire
Complex Systems Research Center
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
Telephone: 603-862-2926
FAX: 603-862-0188


Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science, 2000.
M.S., University of New Hampshire, Natural Resources, 1992.
B.S. Purchase College, Environmental Science, 1989.

Professional Positions:
  • Associate Professor (2008-Present), Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • Assistant Professor (2003-2008), Department of Natural Resources and Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • Research Assistant Professor (2000-2003), Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    Scott Ollinger conducts research on carbon and nitrogen cycling in forests with emphasis on basic ecological processes and interactions with human-induced environmental stressors. Specific research activities include projects that relate canopy chemistry in forests to spatial and temporal patterns in forest biogeochemistry; forest-climate feedbacks, modeling the effects of air pollution, rising CO2, disturbance history and climate change on forest ecosystems, and scaling local measurements of forest C and N fluxes to landscape and regional scales using high spectral resolution remote sensing. Ollinger is Principal Investigator on several projects that are part of the North American Carbon Program and involve understanding the controls on ecosystem carbon assimilation and forest-climate feedbacks across a variety of scales. He serves as an associate editor for Biogeochemistry (2004-), a steering committee member for the Northeastern Ecosystem Research Cooperative (2004-) and is on the Board of Directors of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). He also serves or has served on the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board''s Ecological Effects Subcommittee, Ecological Effects of the Clean Air Act (2004- 2005), and two Hubbard Brook Research Foundation''s Science Links Projects (2001-2003, 2005-).

    Selected Publications:

    Hollinger, D.Y., S.V. Ollinger, A.D. Richardson, T.P. Meyers, D.B. Dail, M.E. Martin, N.A. Scott, T.J. Arkebauer, D.D. Baldocchi, K. Clark, P.S. Curtis, K. Davis, A. Desai, D. Dragoni, M.L. Goulden, L. Gu, G.G. Katul, S. Pallardy, K.T. Paw U, H. Schmid, A.E. Suyker, and S.B. Verma 2010. Albedo estimates for land surface models and support for a new paradigm based on foliage nitrogen concentration. Global Change Biology, In Press.

    Ollinger, S.V., S.E. Frolking, A.D. Richardson, M.E. Martin, D.Y. Hollinger, P.B. Reich, L.C. Plourde. 2009. Nitrogen-albedo relationship in forests remains robust and thought-provoking (Reply). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 106(7) E17; DOI: 10.1073/PNAS.0900137106.

    Asner, G.P. and S.V. Ollinger. 2009. Remote Sensing for Terrestrial Biogeochemical Modeling. In. Warner, T., Nellis, M.D. and Foody, G. (eds): The Handbook of Remote Sensing. SAGE Publications, UK.

    Ollinger, S.V., A.D. Richardson, M.E. Martin, D.Y. Hollinger, S.E. Frolking, P.B. Reich, L.C. Plourde, G.G. Katul, J.W. Munger, R. Oren, M-L. Smith, K.T. Paw U, P.V. Bolstad, B.D. Cook, M.C. Day, T.A. Martin, R.K. Monson, H.P. Schmid. 2008. Canopy nitrogen, carbon assimilation and albedo in temperate and boreal forests: Functional relations and potential climate feedbacks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 105(49): 19335–19340.

    Ollinger, S.V., C.L. Goodale, K. Hayhoe and J.P Jenkins. 2008. Effects of predicted changes in climate and atmospheric composition on ecosystem processes in Northeastern U.S. forests. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 13:467-485.

    Martin, M.E., L.C. Plourde, S.V.,Ollinger, ML., Smith, B.E. McNeil. 2008. A generalizeable method for remote sensing of canopy nitrogen across a wide range of forest ecosystems Remote Sensing of Environment, 112: 3511–3519.

    Ollinger, S.V., R.N. Treuhaft, B.H. Braswell, J.E. Anderson, M.E. Martin, M-L. Smith. 2007. The Role of Remote Sensing in the Study of Terrestrial Net Primary Production. In: Fahey and Knapp (Eds.), Principles and Standards for Measuring Net Primary Production in Long-Term Ecological Studies. Oxford University Press, London.

    Jenkins, J.P., A.D. Richardson, B.H. Braswell, S.V. Ollinger, D.Y. Hollinger, and M-L. Smith. 2007. Refining light-use efficiency calculations for a deciduous forest canopy using simultaneous tower-based carbon flux and radiometric measurements. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 143: 64-79.

    Ollinger, S.V. and M.L. Smith. 2005. Net primary production and canopy nitrogen in a temperate forest landscape: an analysis using imaging spectrometry, modeling and field data. Ecosystems, 8(7):760-778.

    Turner, D.P, S.V. Ollinger and J.S. Kimball. 2004. Integrating remote sensing and ecosystem process models for landscape to regional scale analysis of the carbon cycle. BioScience. 54(6):573-584.

    Ollinger, S.V. 2003. Forest Ecosystems. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. Nature Publishing Group, London. []

    Ollinger, S.V., O. Sala, G. Ã…gren, B. Berg, E. Davidson, C. Field, M. Lerdau, J. Neff, Mary Scholes, Robert Sterner. 2003. New Frontiers in the Study of Element Interactions. In: Melillo and Field (Eds.), Interactions of the Major Biogeochemical Cycles, Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), Island Press Publishers, Washington, DC.

    Greenland, D., B.P. Hayden, J.J. Magnuson, S.V. Ollinger, R.A. Pielke Sr. and R.C. Smith. 2003. LTER Program long-term research on biosphere-atmosphere interactions. Bioscience. 53(1):33-45.

    Aber, J. D., C. G. Goodale, S. V. Ollinger, R. A. Hallett, A. H. Magill, M. E. Martin, M. L. Smith and J. L. Stoddard. 2003. Is nitrogen saturation occurring in northeastern forests? Bioscience 53(4):375-389

    Driscoll, C. T., D. Whitall, J. Aber, E. Boyer, M. Castro, C. Cronan, C. Goodale, P. Groffman, C. Hopkinson, K. Lambert, G. Lawrence and S. Ollinger. 2003. Nitrogen pollution in the northeastern United States: Sources, effects and management options. BioScience 53(4):357-374

    Ollinger, S.V., J.D. Aber, P.B. Reich and R. Freuder. 2002. Interactive effects of nitrogen deposition, tropospheric ozone, elevated CO2 and land use history on the carbon dynamics of northern hardwood forests. Global Change Biology. 8: 545-562.

    Ollinger, S.V., M.L. Smith, M.E. Martin, R. A. Hallett, C.L. Goodale and J.D. Aber. 2002. Regional variation in foliar chemistry and soil nitrogen status among forests of diverse history and composition. Ecology. 83(2): 339–355.

    Aber, J. D., S. V. Ollinger, C. T. Driscoll, G. E. Likens, R. T. Holmes, R. J. Freuder and C. L. Goodale. 2002. Inorganic nitrogen losses from a forested ecosystem in response to physical, chemical, biotic and climatic perturbations. Ecosystems 5(7):648-658

    Smith, M.L., S.V. Ollinger, M.E. Martin, J.D. Aber, C.L. Goodale. 2002. Direct prediction of aboveground forest productivity by remote sensing of canopy nitrogen. Ecological Applications, 12(5): 1286–1302.

    Ollinger, S.V., J.D. Aber, and C.A. Federer. 1998. Estimating regional forest productivity and water balances using an ecosystem model linked to a GIS. Landscape Ecology. 13(5): 323-34.

    Ollinger, S.V., J.D. Aber, and P.B. Reich. 1997. Simulating ozone effects on forest productivity: interactions among leaf-, canopy- and stand-level processes. Ecological Applications. 7(4): 1237-1251.

    Aber, J. D., S. V. Ollinger and C. T. Driscoll. 1997. Modeling nitrogen saturation in forest ecosystems in response to land use and atmospheric deposition. Ecol. Modelling 101:61-78

    Ollinger, S.V., J.D. Aber, C.A. Federer, G.M. Lovett, and J.M. Ellis. 1995. Modeling physical and chemical climate of the northeastern U.S. for a geographic information system. USDA Forest Service GTR NE-191.

    Ollinger, S. V., J. D. Aber, G. M. Lovett, S. E. Millham, R. G. Lathrop and J. M. Ellis. 1993. A spatial model of atmospheric deposition for the northeastern U.S. Ecological Applications 3(3):459-472

    Graduate Students:
    Julian Jenkins; Kirsty Lloyd; Sarah Silverberg; Richard MacLean; Kathryn Berger; Haley Wicklein; Franklin Sullivan

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator