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


Currie, William S., Laura L Bourgeau-Chavez, Kenneth J. Elgersma, Nancy H F French, Deborah E. Goldberg, Stephanie Hart, David W Hyndman, Anthony D Kendall, Sherry L Martin, and Jason P. Martina.  Linking a Large-Watershed Hydrogeochemical Model to a Wetland Community-Ecosystem Model to Estimate Plant Invasion Risk in the Coastal Great Lakes Region, USA. Oral presentation at 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, December 15-19, 2014.

Martina, Jason P., William S. Currie, Deborah E. Goldberg, and Kenneth J. Elgersma. Physiological trait variation in plant invaders influences invasion success and C cycling across a hydrology and nitrogen gradient in a simulated wetland ecosystem.  Oral presentation at the Ecological Society of America, August 11-15, 2014, Sacramento, CA.

Currie, William S. and Stephanie K. Hart. Agriculture, forestry, and human settlements drive a regional gradient in forest fragmentation in the Great Lakes basin, USA. Oral presentation at the Ecological Society of America, August 11, 2014, Sacramento, CA.


We received a new grant from the U. S. Forest Service to investigate social and ecological interactions that determine forest fragmentation and tree cover. This research focuses on large-scale gradients from wildland to human-dominated landscapes across the Great Lakes region.

Bill Currie and others submitted a paper to Ecological Applications, titled "Human-dominated residential land in Southeastern Michigan stores carbon similar to secondary forests."


Welcome to the new masters students involved in the lab: Meghan Bogaerts, Xi Chen, Jiawei Huang, and Stephanie Miller. Welcome back to Julia Wang who is conducting research in the lab again through the UROP Research Scholars Program.

Sarah Kiger completed 13,000 runs of an adapted version of the ecosystem model Biome-BGC with two vegetation layers, to capture tree - grass interactions in human-dominated residential land. She is now analyzing the model results for her PhD dissertation.




Artist for landscape painting above left:: Sy Ellers