Thomas E. Kolb, Ph.D. - Professor

kolb Research Interests

Forest ecophysiology, and ecology

Forest Ecophysiology

Forest ecophysiology focuses on understanding controls on the distribution, abundance, and productivity of forest plants from a physiological perspective. We address a broad range of basic and applied research questions, such as: How do trees die during drought, insect attacks, and climate change? Can forest management treatments be used to ameliorate climate change impacts on forests? How do forest management treatments and intense burning affect forest carbon, water, and energy balances?

We address these questions using a combination of field, greenhouse, and laboratory studies. Our lab included modern equipment for measuring photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, water stress, leaf area, tree growth, tissue- and soil-nutrient levels, light quantity and quality, and site environment. Flagstaff's location provides us with easy access to ecosystems ranging from alpine to desert - an unparalleled natural laboratory. Our research has been supported by: The National Science Foundation, USDA NRI and AFRI Competitive Grants Programs, USDA Forest Service, and the State of Arizona.


B.S., University of Tennessee, 1982
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1984
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1988
Postdoctoral: The Pennsylvania State University, 1988-1992

Contact Information

Office: Building 82 - Room 202
Phone: 928.523.7491

Selected Publications

Publications are listed at Google Scholar.