Knute Nadelhoffer


Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology University of Michigan Biological Station


University of Michigan

knute [at]


2014 Natural Sciences Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Brief Biography

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and began a postdoctoral fellowship in 1983 at the Marine Biological Laboratory’s (MBL) Ecosystems Center in Woods Hole, MA. In 1996-97, I was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to work at the Norwegian Institute of Water Research (Oslo). After moving through the ranks to Senior Research Scientist, I the MBL left in 2002 to serve as co-Director of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Ecosystem Studies Program. In 2003, I joined the University of Michigan as Director of the Biological Station and Professor in EEB.

I am interested in ecological and biogeochemical processes that determine ecosystem dynamics and functioning at local, regional and global levels. I conduct field studies in temperate forests and arctic tundra to improve understanding of how ecosystems respond to climate change, air pollution and physical disturbance. I am particularly interested in how interactions among soil biota, plants and climate interact to determine ecosystem structure and stability.


Life Science

Science Specialties

ecology, soil processes, biogeochemistry

Current Research

Trace gas exchanges (methane and CO2). Stable isotope biogeochemistry. Below-ground processes (nutrient) cycles and fine root dynamics. Trace gas fluxes.