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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jane Foster

Past Fellow

Education

B.A., 1996, Biology, Yale University
M.F.S., 2000, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Ph.D., 2011, Forest Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

I am an ecologist interested in ecosystem responses to disturbance and environmental stress, ranging from changes in carbon dynamics to changes in species composition, competition and nutrient cycling. As these ecological phenomena are subject to warming global temperatures, my work is increasingly framed in the context of climate change. My research used tree ring data to quantify forest biomass dynamics and to determine the climate sensitivity of tree species in the boreal transition zone of northern Minnesota.