AEMS Initiative  
Advancing Ecosystem Modeling for Sustainability

Artist landscape


Dr. William S. Currie
School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE)
University of Michigan

  Bill Currie

News and Events


At the American Geophysical Union annual meeting, in San Francisco in December 2013: Currie, William S., Daniel G. Brown, Sarah Kiger, Joan I. Nassauer, and Derek T. Robinson.  Scaling up carbon storage in human-dominated heterogeneous landscapes in the Great Lakes region.

Forthcoming: Martina, Jason P., William S. Currie, Deborah E. Goldberg, and Kenneth J. Elgersma.  Investigating the major drivers of C storage in coastal wetlands using a simulation model: do plant invasions matter?  Oral presentation at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, May 18-23, 2014, Portland, OR.


As part of our Great Lakes Scenarios project, we are conducting a survey of 5,000 resource professionals, scientists, and stakeholders in the region to assess their opinions on the key factors that will shape the future of forests in the Great Lakes region over the next 50 years. If you are interested in sharing your expertise please follow this link: If you have specific questions about this research please email

In collaboration with Kenneth Elgersma (University of Northern Iowa) and Deborah Goldberg (EEB Dept. here at UM), we received a new grant from the UM Water Center. We will apply our Mondrian ecosystem model to assess the likely effectiveness of wetland restoration efforts, including the burning of large areas of invasive plants, in coastal Michigan wetlands.

To student alumni submitted papers from their Master's theses to peer-review journals. Lisa Fouladbash submitted a paper to Agroforestry Systems, titled "Agroforestry in Liberia: Household Practices, Perceptions and Livelihood Benefits." Ari Kahan submitted a paper to the journal Forests, titled "Nitrogen and Carbon Biogeochemistry in Forest Sites Along an Indirect Urban-Rural Gradient in Southeastern Michigan."  


Congratulations to postdoc Jason Martina, who recently accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas!

Congrats also to PhD student Liza Jenkins who is expecting a baby in March

Welcome to Zhiyuan Song, who recently joined our group as a postdoctoral fellow after completing his PhD at Stanford University. Welcome Julia Wang (a UROP student), Jenine McKoy, and Keely Ledbetter (Research assistants) to the lab.



Artist for landscape painting above left:: Sy Ellers