Dave Marvin

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Ecology

and Evolutionary Biology

University of Michigan

I am a PhD candidate in the EEB Department at the University of Michigan working under Robyn Burnham. I am currently a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow conducting research in Panama.

Research Interests

Tropical forests, previously thought to be in a state of dynamic equilibrium, have been found to be undergoing a change in their dynamics. Of particular concern is the increasing dominance of lianas (woody climbing vines). Changing concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide have been implicated as a driver of these recently observed changes. My research is divided into three main areas:

Measuring liana growth response under elevated CO2

Mapping liana canopy dominance using remote sensing techniques

Quantifying biomass change in areas of high liana dominance