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Ecology - Professor of Biology. Ph.D., Physiological Plant Ecology (Life Sciences), University of California, Riverside (1970)




Global Change Research Group Web Site: http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/GCRG/]

Research Interests: Plant physiological ecology; ecosystem ecology, effects of global change and elevated carbon dioxide on native ecosystems, especially tundra and Mediterranean-type ecosystems. Regional assessment of impacts of global change.

Upper Division and Graduate Courses: Plant Ecology (UD/G), Terrestrial Ecology Seminar on Global Change (G), Ecology and the Environment (UD), Ecology and human Impacts on the Environment (UD)

Graduate students: Inez Ibanez (Ph.D.), Glen Kinoshita (M.S.), Hyojung Kwon (Ph.D.), Adrienne Marriott (M.S.), Karlis Ogle (M.S.), Cat Stylinski (Ph.D.), Cheng Yufu (Ph.D.), Rommel Zulueta (M.S.)

Selected Publications:

Oechel W.C., Vourlitis G.L., Brooks S., Crawford T.L., Dumas E. Intercomparison among chamber,tower,and aircraft net CO2 and energy fluxes measured during the Artic System Science Land-Atmosphere-Ice Interactions (ARCSS_LAII) Flux Study Journal of Geophysical Research. 1998. 103: 28,993-29,003

Cook A.C, Tissue, D.T, Roberts, S.W., Oechel, W.C. 1998. Effects of long-term elevated [CO2] from natural CO2 springs on Nardus stricta: photosynthesis, biochemistry, growth and phenology. Plant Cell and Environment 21: 417-425.

Roberts, S., Oechel, W.C., Hastings, S.J., Bryant, P. A field fumigation system for elevated carbon dioxide exposure in chaparral vegetation. Functional Ecology 1998 12: 708-719.

Oechel WC, Vourlitis GL, Brooks S, Crawford TL, and Dumas E. Intercomparison between chamber, tower, and aircraft net CO2 exchange and energy fluxes measured during the Arctic Systems Science Land-Atmosphere-Ice-Interactions (ARCSS-LAII) flux study. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 1998 103: 28,993-29,003.

Oechel, W.C., T. Callaghan, H. Elling, T. Gilmanov, J.I. Holten, B. Maxwell, U. Molau, O. Rogne, and B. Sveinbjornsson. 1997. Global Change and Arctic Terrestrial Ecosystems. An International Conference. Springer-Verlag Publishers.

Waelbroeck, C., W.C. Oechel, P. Monfray, S. Hastings, and G. Vourlitis. 1997. The impact of permafrost thawing on the carbon dynamics of tundra. Geophysical Research Letters.

Oechel, W.C. and G.L. Vourlitis. 1996. Direct effects of elevated CO2 on arctic plant and ecosystem function. In: W. Koch and H. Mooney (eds.). Terrestrial Ecosystem Response to Elevated Carbon Dioxide. Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 163-174.

Oechel, W.C., G.L. Vourlitis, S.J. Hastings, and S.A. Bochkarev. 1995. Change in Arctic CO2 flux-over two decades: Effects of climate change at Barrow, Alaska. Ecol. Appl. 5: 846-855.

Oechel, W.C., S.J. Hastings, G.L.Vourlitis,M.A. Jenkins, C.L. Hinkson. 1995 Direct Effects of CO2 in Chapparal and Mediterranean- Type Ecosystems. In: J. Moreno and W. Oechel. (eds.). Global Change and Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems. Ecological Studies, 117: 58-75.

Oechel, W.C., S. Cowles, N. Grulke, S.J. Hastings, B. Lawrence, T. Prudhomme, G. Riechers, B. Strain, D. Tissue, and G. Vourlitis. 1994. Transient nature of CO2 fertilization in Arctic tundra. Nature. 371: 500- 503.