Biology

Heather Rueth

 

Heather Rueth, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Terrestrial ecosystem ecology, Biogeochemical cycles, Environmental change ecology, Ecosystem models

Natural Resources Management Program

Office: 222 Henry
Phone: (616) 331-2814
Email: ruethh@gvsu.edu

Education:

Ph.D. - Ecology - 2001 - Colorado State University. Dissertation entitled: Englemann Spruce Forest Responses to Nitrogen Deposition in Northern Colorado.

Bachelor of Forest Science - 1994 - University of Wisconsin - Madison. Concentration in forest ecology and environmental science.

Courses taught at GVSU:
BIO 105 Environmental Science
BIO 460 Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
NRM 281 Principles of Soil Science
NRM 320 Introduction to Resource Systems
NRM 330 Environmental Pollution

 

 

Research Interests:

My research interests revolve around understanding how terrestrial ecosystem structure and function are affected by human-accelerated environmental change, such as climate change, elevated atmospheric deposition, alterations of species composition, or land-use conversion. More specifically, I am interested in the interactions between carbon and nitrogen biogeochemical cycles and how these interactions are altered under changing environmental conditions. Furthermore, what are the implications of these biogeochemical changes on down-stream aquatic systems?

Recent Publications:

Rueth, H.M., Baron, J.S., and Allstott, E.J., 2003. Responses of Engelmann spruce forests to nitrogen fertilization in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Ecological Applications 13: 664-673.

Rueth, H.M., and Baron, J.S., 2002. Differences in Engelmann spruce forest biogeochemistry east and west of the Continental Divide in Colorado, USA. Ecosystems 5:45-57. 

Rueth, H.M., Baron, J.S., and Joyce, L.A., 2002. Natural resource extraction: Past, present and future. In: Rocky Mountain Futures: An Ecological Perspective, Ed. J.S. Baron. Island Press, Washington.

Baron, J.S., Rueth, H.M., Wolfe, A.M., Nydick, K.R., Allstott, E.J., Minear, T., and Moraska, B., 2000. Ecosystem responses to nitrogen deposition in the Colorado Front Range. Ecosystems 3:352-368. 

Lovett, G.M., and Rueth, H.M., 1999. Soil nitrogen transformations in beech and maple stands along a nitrogen deposition gradient. Ecological Applications 9:1330-1344.

Boelman, N.T., Stieglitz, M., Rueth, H.M., Sommerkorn, M., Griffin, K.L., Shaver, G.R., and

Gamon, J.A., 2003. Response of NDVI, biomass, and ecosystem gas exchange to long-term warming and fertilization in wet sedge tundra. Oecologia. 135:414-421.

Fenn, M.E., Baron, J.S., Allen, E.B., Rueth, H.M., Nydick, K.R., Geiser, L., Bowman, W.D., Sickman, J.O., Meizner, T., Johnson, D.W., and Neitlch, P., 2003. Ecological effects of nitrogen deposition in the Western United States. BioScience 53:404-420. 

Baron, J.S., Nydick, K.R., Rueth, H.M., Lafrançois, B.M., and Wolfe, A.M., (in press). High elevation ecosystem responses to atmospheric deposition of nitrogen in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, USA. In: Global Change and Mountain Regions, Eds. U. Huber, M. Reasoner, and H. Bugmann. IGBP Congress, Banff Canada.

Fenn, M.E., Haebuer, R., Tonnesen, G.S., Baron, J.S., Grossman-Clarke, S., Hope, D., Jaffe, D.A., Copeland, S., Geiser, L., Rueth, H.M., and Sickman, J.O., 2003. Nitrogen emissions, deposition and monitoring in the Western United States. BioScience 53:391-403. 

 

Presentations:

Rueth, H.M., Shaver, G.R. and Laundre, J.A., 2008. Comparison of decomposition rates in arctic tundra in response to increased nutrient availability and air temperature. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in August of 2008 inMilwaukeeWI.

Rueth H.M. 2006. Comparison of nutrient pools between a northern hardwood forest and red pine plantation in northern-lowerMichigan, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Memphis TN.

Rueth H.M., Shaver, G.R., and Laundre, J.A. 2005. Decomposition Rates in Response to Increased Nutrient Availability and Air Temperature at Toolik LakeAlaska. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Montreal Canada.

Rueth, H.M., Shaver, G.R., and Laundre, J.A. 2004. Soil nitrogen responses to manipulations of nutrient availability and air temperature at Toolik LakeAlaska. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, PortlandOR.

Rueth, H.M., Shaver, G.R., and Laundre, J.A. 2002. Responses of soil temperature and respiration to manipulations of nutrient availability and air temperature. 11th International Tundra Experiment Workshop, FinseNorway.

Rueth, H.M., Shaver, G.R., Sommerkorn, M., and Nadelhoffer, K.J. 2002. Long-term responses of wet sedge tundra to changes in nutrients, temperature and light. Arctic System Science Program All-Hands Workshop, SeattleWA.


Rueth, H.M., and Baron, J.S. 2001. Responses of Rocky Mountain coniferous forests to nitrogen deposition. In: the symposium entitled Nitrogen deposition in the Western U.S., Is there cause for concern?, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Madison, WI.

Rueth, H.M., Baron, J.S., and Parton, W. J. 2000. Simulated effects of elevated nitrogen deposition on Colorado Engelmann spruce forests. LTER All Scientists Meeting, Snowbird, UT and Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Snowbird, UT. 

Rueth, H.M., Shaver, G.R., and Laundre, J.A. 2002. Responses of soil temperature and respiration to manipulations of nutrient availability and air temperature. 11th International Tundra Experiment Workshop, Finse, Norway.

Rueth, H.M., Shaver, G.R., Sommerkorn, M., and Nadelhoffer, K.J. 2002. Long-term responses of wet sedge tundra to changes in nutrients, temperature and light. Arctic System Science Program All-Hands Workshop, Seattle, WA.

 

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