Last update: 2013-01-18 13:58:14

Pamela H. Templer

Boston University
Department of Biology
5 Cummington Street
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: 617-353-6978
FAX: 617-353-6340


PhD, Cornell University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2001
BA, University of California Santa Cruz, Biology and Environmental Studies, 1995

Professional Positions:
  • Associate Professor (2012-Present), Department of Biology, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Assistant Professor (2005-2012), Department of Biology, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Co-Director (2006-Present), Boston University Stable Isotope Facility, Boston, MA
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (2001-2005), Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley
  • Research Assistant (1996), Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    My research is focused on topics in forest ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, including the effects of air pollutants, introduced pests and other disturbances. I am also interested in cross site comparisons that examine the role of plant species composition and ecosystem type in determining ecosystem retention of nutrients. Utilizing stable isotope techniques and a variety of ecosystem methods, I examine the effects of anthropogenic activities on nutrient cycling in the past and present. Current projects at Hubbard Brook include examining the effects of climate change on nutrient uptake and carbon sequestration in northern hardwood forests.

    Distinguished Awards and Memberships:
    Young Scientists Global Change Conference, Trieste, Italy, selected participant (2003), Internship in Office of Senator Patrick D. Moynihan in Washington D.C. (2000), Teresa Heinz Environmental Scholars Award (1999), President of Graduate Student Association (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, 1998), National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1996-2001), Polgar Fellowship, Hudson River Foundation (1995), Honors undergraduate senior thesis (1995), Ecological Society of America (Member), American Geophysical Union (Member)

    Selected Publications:

    Comerford DP, PG Schaberg, PH Templer, AM Socci, JL Campbell, and KF Wallin. 2013. Influence of experimental snow removal on root and canopy physiology of sugar maple trees in a northern hardwood forest. Oecologia 171:261-269.

    Templer PH, RW Pinder, and CL Goodale. Effects of nitrogen deposition on greenhouse gas fluxes for forests and grasslands of North America (Invited). Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 547-553.

    Groffman PM, LE Rustad, PH Templer, JL Campbell, LM Christenson, NK Lany, AM Socci, MA Vadeboncoeur, PG Schaberg, GF Wilson, CT Driscoll, TJ Fahey, MC Fisk, CL Goodale, MB Green, SP Hamburg, CE Johnson, MJ Mitchell, JL Morse, LH Pardo, and NL Rodenhouse. 2012. Long-term integrated studies show complex and surprising effects of climate change in the northern hardwood forest. BioScience 62: 1056-1066.

    Templer PH, MC Mack, FS Chapin III, LM Christenson, JE Compton, HD Crook, WS Currie, C Curtis, B Dail, CM D’Antonio, BA Emmett, H Epstein, CL Goodale, P Gundersen, SE Hobbie, K Holland, DU Hooper, BA Hungate, S Lamontagne, KJ Nadelhoffer, CW Osenberg, SS Perakis, P Schleppi, J Schimel, IK Schmidt, M Sommerkorn, J Spoelstra, A Tietema, WW Wessel, and DR Zak. 2012. Sinks for nitrogen inputs in terrestrial ecosystems: a meta-analysis of enriched 15N field tracer studies. Ecology 93: 1816-1829. Selected by Faculty of 1000.

    Templer PH. 2012. Changes in winter climate: soil frost, root injury, and fungal communities (Invited). Plant and Soil 35: 15-17

    Templer PH , AF Schiller, NW Fuller, AM Socci, JL Campbell, JE Drake, and TH Kunz. 2012. Impact of a reduced winter snowpack on litter arthropod abundance and diversity in a northern hardwood forest ecosystem. Biology and Fertility of Soils 48:413-424.

    Reinmann AB, PH Templer and JL Campbell. 2012. Severe soil frost reduces losses of carbon and nitrogen from the forest floor during simulated snowmelt: a laboratory experiment. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 44:65-74.

    Socci AM and PH Templer. 2011. Temporal patterns of inorganic nitrogen uptake by mature trees in a northern forest using two common approaches. Plant Ecology & Diversity 4:141-152.

    Templer PH and AB Reinmann. 2011 Multi-factor global change experiments: what have we learned about terrestrial carbon storage and exchange? New Phytologist 192:797-800.

    Brooks PD, P Grogan, PH Templer, P Groffman, M Oquist, and J Schimel. 2011. Carbon and nitrogen cycling in snow-covered environments. Geography Compass 5: 682-699.

    Templer PH and KC Weathers. 2011. Use of mixed ion exchange resin and the denitrifier method to determine isotopic values of nitrate in atmospheric deposition and canopy throughfall. Atmospheric Environment 45: 2017-2020.

    Templer PH and TM McCann. 2010. Effects of the hemlock woolly adelgid on nitrogen losses from urban and rural northern forest ecosystems. Ecosystems 13:1215-1226.

    Craine J, A Elmore, M Aidar, M Bustamante, T Dawson, E Hobbie, A Kahmen, M Mack, K McLauchlan, A Michelsen, G Nardoto, L Pardo, J Peñuelas, P Reich, E Schuur, W Stock, PH Templer, R Virginia, J Welker, and I Wright. 2009. Global patterns of foliar nitrogen isotopes and their relationships with climate, mycorrhizal fungi, foliar nutrient con-centrations, and nitrogen availability. New Phytologist 183:980-992. (Co-authors in alphabetical order after Elmore)

    Miller-Rushing AJ, RB Primack, PH Templer, S Rathbone and S Mukunda. 2009. Long-term relationships among atmospheric CO2, stomata, and intrinsic water use efficiency in individual trees. American Journal of Botany 96:1779-1786.

    Ewing HA, KC Weathers, PH Templer, TE Dawson, MK Firestone, AM Elliott and VKS Boukili. 2009. Fog water and ecosystem function: heterogeneity in a California redwood forest. Ecosystems 12:417-433.

    Huygens D, P Boeckx, P Templer, L Paulino, O Van Cleemput, C Oyarzun, C Müller and R Godoy. 2008. Mechanisms for retention of bioavailable nitrogen in volcanic rainforest soils. Nature Geoscience 1:543-548. Templer PH , WL Silver, J Pett-Ridge, K DeAngelis and MK Firestone. 2008. Plant and microbial controls on nitrogen retention and loss in a humid tropical forest. Ecology 89: 3030-3040.

    Templer PH , MA Arthur, GM Lovett and K Weathers. 2007. Plant and soil natural abundance δ15N: indicators of relative rates of nitrogen cycling in temperate forest ecosystems. Oecologia 153:399-406.

    Pardo L, PH Templer, C Goodale, S Duke, P Groffman, MB Adams, P Boeckx, J Boogs, J Campbell, B Colman, J Compton, B Emmett, P Gundersen, J Kjonaas, G Lovett, M Mack, A Magill, M Mbila, M Mitchell, G McGee, S McNulty, K Nadelhoffer, S Ollinger, D Ross, H Rueth, L Rustad, P Schaberg, S Schiff, P Schleppi, J Spoelstra and Wessel W. 2006. Regional assessment of N saturation using foliar and root δ15N. Biogeochemistry 80:143-171.

    Templer PH, G Lovett, K Weathers, S Findlay and T Dawson. 2005. Influence of tree species on forest nitrogen retention in the Catskill Mountains, New York, USA. Ecosystems 8:1-16.

    Templer PH, P Groffman, A Flecker and A Power. 2005. Land use change and soil nutrient transformations in the Los Haitises region of the Dominican Republic. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 37:215-225.

    Graduate Students:
    Annie Socci, Andrew Reinmann, Patrick Sorensen, and Rebecca Sanders-Demott

    Graduate Advisor:
    Drs. Todd Dawson and Stuart Findlay

    Role at the Hubbard Brook:
    Committee of Scientists

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator