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University of California Santa Cruz

Contact Info

University of California Santa Cruz
Environmental Studies
1156 High Street
University of California
Santa Cruz, CALIFORNIA 95064

Dr. Michael E. Loik
Associate Professor

Phone: (831) 459-5785
Fax: (831) 459-4015
Email: mloik@ucsc.edu
Website: www.theloiklaboratory.net

Fields of Interest

Physiological Ecology, Meteorology, Climatology, Ecosystem Ecology, Global Change Biology

Description of Scientific Projects

My research focuses on how global change affects plant and ecosystem processes, and incorporating a more realistic portrayal of meteorological processes into experiments, syntheses, and models of global change ecology. The overall goal is to better understand the effects of future climate regimes on the biosphere and feedbacks on energy, carbon and water fluxes. Current research projects include (1) Plant and ecosystem responses to changes in snowfall, snowmelt and ecohydrology at the Sierra Nevada - Great Basin Desert ecotone; (2) Water and carbon dynamics of the US deserts; (3) Wildland fire fuels management; and(4) Development of new technologies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

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