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Lynn M Christenson

Vassar College
24 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie NY 12604
Telephone: 845-437-7418


PhD:SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Ecology/Biogeochemistry (2007)
Master of Science:SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Environmental Forest Biology/Ecology (May 1999)
Bachelor of Science (4 Year)University of Winnipeg Double Major: Physical Geography, Biology, June 1990

Professional Positions:
  • Assistant Professor of Biology (2010 to present): Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
  • Adjunct Lecturer/Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies (2005 to 2010): Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
  • Biology Instuctor, MAT program (2006-2007): Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.
  • Visiting Lecturer (2006): Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.
  • Graduate Research Assistant: Institute of Ecosystems Studies. Millbrook, NY.(MSc. 1997-1999 PhD 2002 to 2007).
  • Adjunct Lecturer (2002-2003): Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
  • Research Assistant: Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Millbrook, NY. (1994-1997, 1999- 2002).
  • Environmental Technician (1990-1993): Espey, Huston & Associates, Austin, Texas.
  • Environmental Scientist (1989-1990): MacLaren Plansearch (Lavlin Inc.) Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    Plant/Soil/Animal Interactions and the Impact of Pollution on Soils and Vegetation. Integrated Terrestrial Ecosystem Processes, Climate Change and biodiversity.

    Distinguished Awards and Memberships:
    Arctic Education Award 1989, Member of Ecological Society of America. Member of LTER network of scientists.

    Selected Publications:

    Groffman, P.M., L.E. Rustad, P. H. Templer, J. L. Campbell, L.M. Christenson, N. K. Lany, A.M. Socci, MA. Vadeboncoeur, P.G. Schaberg, G.F. Wilson, CT Driscoll, TJ Fahey, MC Fisk, CL Goodale, MB Green, SP Hamburg, CE Johnson, MJ Mitchell, JL Morse, LH Pardo and NL Rodenhouse.. ''Long-Term integrated studies show complex and surprising effects of climate change in the northern hardwood forest’. BioScience In Press.

    Templer, P.H., MC Mack, FS Chapin III, LM Christenson, JE Compton, HD Crook, WS Currie, C Curtis, DB 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. ''Sinks for Nitrogen Inputs in Terrestrial Ecosystems: A Meta-Analysis of 15N Tracer Field Studies.'''''''' Ecology 93:1816-1829 (2012).

    Levine, C.R.*, Winchcombe, R.J., Canham, C.D., Christenson, L.M and Ronsheim, M.L.. ‘Deer Impacts on Seed Banks and Saplings in Eastern New York’. Northeastern Naturalist. 19(1):49-66 (2012).

    Pouyat, R.V., Weathers, K.C., Haeuber, R., Goldston, Lovett, G., Christenson, L., Findlay, S., Gropp, R., Lymn,N., Menninger, H. and Rosi-Marshall, E. ‘The role and challenge of federal agencies in the application of scientific knowledge: Acid deposition policy and forest management as examples.’ Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (2010)

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

    Rodenhouse, Nicholas L., Lynn M. Christenson, Dylan Parry, Linda E. Green. ‘Climate change effects on native fauna of Northeastern forests’. Canadian Journal of Forestry Research. 39:249-263 (2009).

    Christenson, L.M., Lovett, G.M., Weathers, K., Arthur, M. ‘The Influence of Tree Species, Nitrogen Fertilization and Soil C:N Ratio on Gross Soil Nitrogen Transformations’. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 73(2): 638-646 (2009).

    Campbell, J.L., Mitchell, M.J., Mayer, B., Groffman, P.M., Christenson, L.M. ‘Mobility of 15N-labeled nitrate and 34S-labeled sulfate applied to snow at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire’. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 71:1934-1944 (2007).

    Campbell, J.L., Mitchell, M.J., Groffman, P.M., Christenson, L.M., and Hardy, J.P. ‘Winter in northeastern North America: a critical period for ecological processes’. Front. Ecol. Environ. 3(6): 314-322 (2005).

    Fitzhugh, R., Christenson, L.M., and Lovett, G.M. ‘The fate of 15NO2- tracer in soils under different tree species of the Catskill Mountains, New York’. Soil Science Society America Journal 67: (2003).

    Lovett, G.M., Christenson, L.M., Groffman, P.M, Jones, C.G., Hart, J.E. and Mitchell, M.J. ‘Insect defoliation and nitrogen cycling in forests’. Bioscience 52(4) 335- 341(2002).

    Christenson, L.M., Lovett, G.M., Mitchell, M.J. and Groffman, P.M. ‘The fate of nitrogen in gypsy moth frass deposited to an oak forest floor’. Oecologia 131:444-452 (2002).

    Lovett, G.M., Hart, J.E., Christenson, L.M., and Jones, C.G. ‘Caterpillar guts and ammonia volatilization: retention of nitrogen by gypsy moth larvae consuming oak foliage’. Oecologia 117:513-516 (1998).

    Graduate Advisor:
    Myron Mitchell and Peter Groffman

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator