Scott Saleska’s research focuses on how climate interacts with plant physiology, demography, and ecological processes to influence or control biogeochemical cycling from local to global scales. Dr. Saleska uses multidisciplinary approaches that combine classical techniques of field ecology and forestry with advanced technological methods and modeling to integrate biogeochemical processes to ecosystem scales. Dr. Saleskaalso is interested in the effect of human activities on these processes and on the sustainable functioning of the biosphere in general. Two current projects include using new technologies to measure whole-ecosystem isotopic exchange and understanding Amazon forest carbon exchange. His work in the Amazon is designed to build upon ongoing investigations of how forest demography and disturbance dynamics control carbon cycling in old-growth Amazon forest.
PhD, Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley, 1998