Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Brigham Young University, 2008-present
Provo, UT 84602
Brigham Young University,
Colorado State University,
Assistant Professor, Washington State University, 2001-2007
Associate Professor, Washington State University, 2007-2008
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Duke University, 1998-2001
Ecosystem and global change ecology
Plant physiological ecology
Goals of Research
1) Understand how belowground plant and microbial dynamics mediate
processes in herbaceous ecosystems
2) Identify possible feedback mechanisms between plant and soil
processes that may be
sensitive to global change including changes in
climate, nitrogen availability, and
3) Bridge basic and applied ecological research to influence natural
management, specifically with applications to climate change
and land-use practices
R.A., J.A. Boie, J.G. Bishop, L. Larsen, J.L. Apple, R.D. Evans.
"Linking community and ecosystem development on Mount Saint Helens." Oecologia. 148 (2006): 312-324.
Gill, Richard A. "Influence of 90 years of protection from grazing on plant and soil." Rangeland Ecology and Management. 60 (2007): 88-98.
R.A., H. W. Polley, H.B. Johnson, R.B. Jackson. "Progressive
nitrogenlimitation limits carbon sequestration in a grassland exposed to
past and future atmospheric CO2." Ecology. 87.1 (2006): 41-52.
Ethan P., Peter B. Adler, William K. Lauenroth, Richard A. Gill,
DavidGreenberg, Dawn M. Kaufmann, Andrew Rossweiler, James A. Rusak,
Melinda A. Smith,John Steinbeck, Robert B. Waide, Jin Yao. "A
comparison of species-time relationships across ecosystems and taxa." Oikos. 112 (2006): 185-195.
Z , Keller CK , Gill RA , Bormann BT , Li CY. "The effect of bacteria
and fungi on chemical weathering and chemical denudation fluxes in pine
growth experiments." Biogeochemistry. 88.2 (2008): 153-167.
KN, Wu JQ , Gill RA. "Plant composition and erosion potential of a
grazed wetland in the Salmon River Subbasin, Idaho." Western North American Naturalist. 66.3 (2006): 354-364.
HE, Gill RA, Paruelo JM, Lauenroth WK, Jia GJ, Burke IC. "The relative
abundance of three plant functional types in temperate grasslands and
shrublands of North and South America: effects of projected climate
change." Journal of Biogeography. 29 (2002): 875-888.
RA, Polley HW, Johnson HB, Anderson LJ, Maherali H, Jackson RB.
"Nonlinear grassland responses to past and future atmospheric CO2." Nature. 417 (2002): 279-282.
Gill RA, Jackson RB. "Global patterns of root turnover for terrestrial ecosystems." New Phytologist. 147.1 (2000): 13-31.
Gill, Richard A. "Can We Engage Students in Large-Lecture, Nonmajors Environmental Science Courses?." Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. 90.2 (2009): 199-204.
Principles of Biology
Religion & the Environment
Arts: Global & Cultural
Karl and Mollie Butler Young Scholar,
Charles Redd Center,
Honors Faculty Award,
Honors College, Washington State University,
Young Faculty of the Year,
College of Sciences, Washington State University,