Hu, Jia

Assistant Professor
Ecology
Montana State University
Professional Summary: 

I have worked in many different ecosystems, from redwood and subalpine forests, to the alpine grasslands on the Tibetan Plateau. However, despite the large ecological and climatic differences among these different ecosystems, I have always been interested in coupling the carbon and water cycles within these systems. At the plant scale, we can couple the water and carbon cycles through measurements of plant water use efficiency; we can also couple these two fluxes at the ecosystem scale through measurements of ecosystem water use efficiency. As climate change alters global air temperature and precipitation patterns, both plant and ecosystem level water use efficiency will change. These changes in water use efficiency will in turn affect future carbon dynamics through changes in plant productivity and ecosystem carbon uptake.

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