Bruce Hungate, PhD

Bruce Hungate



Subject-matter expertise

  • Ecosystem science
  • Microbial ecology
  • Global change science
  • Stable Isotopes


Dr. Bruce Hungate directs the Ecosystem Science & Society Center and the Colorado Plateau Analytical Laboratory at Northern Arizona University.

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

Dr. Hungate co-founded the Professional Science Masters’ degree program in Climate Science and Solutions at NAU.

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


*For a full list of research, please visit: Bruce Hungate’s Google Scholar Page

Awards and recognitions

Honors societies

  • Phi Kappa Phi, 2007
  • Sigma Xi, 1999
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1990


  • Beques de recerca per a professors i investigators visitants a Catalunya 2005-2006 (fellowship for research in Catalunya)
  • Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, 2004
  • Department of Energy Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1996
  • Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1995
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 1993-1995
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 1992-95

Special groups and committees

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Global Change Biology, 2011-present
  • Review Editorial Board, Frontiers in Terrestrial Microbiology, 2010-present
  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 2008-present
  • Advisory Board, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, 2006-2009
  • Associate Editor, Ecological Applications, 2004-2008


  • Post-doctoral Associate: Stanford University, 1997-1998
  • Post-doctoral Fellow: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 1995-1997
  • PhD: University of California, Berkeley, 1995
  • BS: Biological Sciences Stanford University, 1990
  • BA: Music and English, Stanford University, 1990

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