Biological Sciences, Earth Science and Ecology
Causal Inference, Databases and Data management, Graph-Based Methods, Machine Learning, Mathematical and Statistical Modeling, Optimization, Statistics
Relevant Projects:

A project that is aspirational (despite advances in certain parts) is being able to monitor and predictively model the way in which climate change and associated disturbances impact nature, human society and their interactions in sufficient detail to enable development of concrete management and policy strategies that are actually adopted by business, government, and society.

Peter Reich

Director of Institute for Global Change Biology and Filibert Roth Professor in School for Environment and Sustainability

Institute for Global Change Biology and School for Environment and Sustainability

Reich conducts global change research on plants, soils, ecosystems and people across a range of scales. His work links fundamental physiology with community dynamics and ecosystem structure and function, from the patch to the globe, within the context of the myriad of global environmental challenges that face us. This includes studying the effects on natural and human ecosystems of rising CO2 and associated climate change, biodiversity loss, and wildfire. This research involves a variety of tools and approaches (long-term experiments, observations, global data compilations, statistical and simulation models), a diverse set of ecosystems (boreal forest, temperate grassland, and more), and a range of scales (local, regional, global). The overarching goal is to understand what we humans are doing to nature in order to help orchestrate a shift towards a nature-forward prioritization that will in turn support and sustain human society.

I studied physics and creative writing and became interested in the fate of our environment; over time I began using tools from each focal area to advance ecological science in a changing world