Bruce A. Hungate

Bruce A. Hungate Director
Northern Arizona University
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Professor of Ecosystem Ecology at Northern Arizona University
Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Western Regional Center of the National Institute for Climatic Change Research
Director of the Colorado Plateau Analytical Laboratory


B.S. in Music, English, Biology from Stanford University (1990)
Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley (1995)

Research Focus

Hungate’s research focuses on the ecology and management of global change, and microbial ecology from humans to the globe. His research occurs in grasslands, woodlands, forests, and rivers in the temperate zone, boreal forests in Siberia, and tropical forests of the Amazon basin.

Other Achievements, Honors, Awards

He co-founded the Professional Science Masters’ degree program in Climate Science and Solutions at Northern Arizona University.
He is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow (2004), and a member of several honors societies: Phi Beta Kappa (1990), Sigma Xi (1999), and Phi Kappa Phi (2006).

Big-picture Career Goal

Through teaching, research and outreach, Hungate hopes to raise awareness of the role of earth system science for managing global environmental change.

Personal Note

Hungate enjoys classical piano, telemark and alpine skiing, soccer (go Barça), and Crossfit.

Selected Publications

Wu Z, Dijkstra P, Koch GW, Hungate BA, in press. Progressively declining climate change effects on plant productivity. Nature, Climate Change doi:10.1038/nclimate1486

Hooper DU, Adair EC, Cardinale BJ, Byrnes JEK, Hungate BA, Matulich KL, Gonzalez A, Duffy JE, Gamfeldt L, O’Connor MI, in review. A global synthesis reveals biodiversity loss as a major driver of ecosystem change. Nature doi:10.1038/nature11118

Hungate BA, Hampton HM, 2012. Valuing ecosystems for climate. Nature Climate Change 2, 151–152 doi:10.1038/nclimate1398

Van Groenigen KJ, Osenberg CW, Hungate BA, 2011. Increased soil emissions of potent greenhouse gases under elevated CO2. Nature, 475: 214-U121 DOI: 10.1038/nature10176

Hungate BA, van Groenigen KJ, Six J, Jastrow JD, Luo Y, de Graaff MA, van Kessel C, Osenberg CW, 2009. Assessing the effect of elevated CO2 on soil C: a comparison of four meta-analyses. Global Change Biology. 15: 2020-2034

Current Projects

Long-term research in environmental biology: Progressive Responses to Climate Change Across Multiple Ecosystems

PIRE: Toward a holistic and global understanding of hot spring ecosystems: A US-China based international collaboration

Modeling the Carbon Implications of Ecologically-Based Forest Management

Biological and mineralogical controls over soil carbon cycling across multiple ecosystems: a focus on the priming effect

A new paradigm for understanding how leaf litter quality affects stream ecosystems

Global Climate Change Education: Research Experiences, Teaching and Learning (NASA)

Climate Change Science and Solutions: Creating innovative education tools for Native Americans and other rural communities on the Colorado Plateau

Full Curriculum Vitae