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Area of Expertise:David Moore is a plant ecologist and ecosystem scientist. His research uses a range of observation types from ground measurements to satellite remote sensing and focuses on ecosystem processes and transitions between ecosystem states both seasonally and interannually.
Plants mediate the exchange of carbon between the atmosphere and the terrestrial biosphere, taking up approximately 120 giga-tons of carbon through photosynthesis from the atmosphere annually and returning about half that amount through respiration. Information about the controls of these processes is abundant at the leaf level but sparse at scales relevant to regional and global carbon balance. Although we can now collect, log and store more data and ecological observations than ever before, we are challenged to interpret and analyze these data effectively. A key focus of my research is integrating time series of ecological observations with ecosystem models using data assimilation over a range of scales to improve our understanding on ecophysiological processes and our ability to predict ecosystem function under varying environmental conditions. I’m actively involved in synthesizing data from the Ameriflux and FLUXNET networks and also the growing array of phenological information available from the USA National Phenology Network and in developing tools to integrate and synthesize data which will be collected by the National Ecological Observatory Network.
Moore Lab Members:
Moore lab group fall 2012 (Mohamed Khairy, Ian Shiach, Dave Moore, Emily Dynes)
Ian Shiach (MSc Student): Plant phenology and seasonal photosynthesis in Populus sp.
Emily Dynes (MSc Student): Forest disturbance and recovery
Mohamed Khairy (Under graduate): Near Earth optical remote sensing
Dave will be organizing the 6th Annual Summer Course in flux measurements and advanced modeling will be held July of 2013 together with Russ Monson (UA) and Paul Stoy (Montana State). With instructors from all over the US and the world.
This course is offered annually to 24 graduate students, post-docs/early career scientists and will cover: flux measurements at the leaf level; modeling leaf CO2 and H2O fluxes; eddy covariance measurements; use of stable isotopes to infer ecosystem-atmosphere fluxes; predictions of fluxes from satellite observations; canopy flux models; assimilation of flux observations and satellite remote sensing data into ecosystem process models; and Bayesian approaches to modeling.
Participating instructors in previous years have included: Dennis Baldocchi (University of California), Carl Bernacchi (University of Illinois), Dave Bowling (University of Utah), Ankur Desai (University of Wisconsin), Mike Dietze (University of Illinois) Rosie Fisher (NCAR), Andrew Fox (NEON), Dave Hollinger (USFS), Deborah Huntzinger (Northern Arizona University), Larry Jacobsen (Campbell Scientific, Inc.), Ray Leuning (CSIRO, Australia), Hank Loescher (NEON), Pat Morgan and George Burba (LI-COR Biosciences), Marcy Litvak (Univ New Mexico), Russell Monson, David Moore and Shirley Papuga (University of Arizona), Tristan Quaife (Reading University), Dave Schimel (NEON, Inc.), Paul Stoy (Montana State), Andrew Richardson (Harvard University), Ed Swiatek (Campbell Scientific, Inc.), Dan Yakir (Weizmann Institute), John Zobitz (Augsburg College).