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Richard A. Gill

Prof. Richard A. Gill

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Brigham Young University, 2008-present

4144 LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-3856

      B.S., Conservation Biology, Brigham Young University, 1993
      PhD, Ecology, Colorado State University, 1998

Teaching Experience
Assistant Professor, Washington State University, 2001-2007
      Associate Professor, Washington State University, 2007-2008

Professional Experience
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Duke University, 1998-2001

Research Interests
Ecosystem and global change ecology
     Plant physiological ecology

Goals of Research
1) Understand how belowground plant and microbial dynamics mediate ecosystem   
      processes in herbaceous ecosystems

Identify possible feedback mechanisms between plant and soil processes that may be
      sensitive to global change including changes in climate, nitrogen availability, and
      atmospheric composition

Bridge basic and applied ecological research to influence natural resource
      management, specifically with applications to climate change and land-use practices

Selected Publications  

Gill, 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. 

Gill, 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. 

White, 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. 

Balogh-Brunstad 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. 

Hopfensperger 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. 

Epstein 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. 

Gill 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. 

Courses Taught
    BIO 450: Conservation Biology
    BIO 100: Principles of Biology
    LFSCI 494R: Mentored Research
    BIO 347: Religion & the Environment
    HONRS 309R: Arts: Global & Cultural
    BIO 494R: Mentored Research
    BIO 494R: Mentored Research

    Karl and Mollie Butler Young Scholar, Charles Redd Center, 2009     
    Honors Faculty Award, Honors College, Washington State University, 2007
    Young Faculty of the Year, College of Sciences, Washington State University, 2003