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Gough Lab

Thanks for visiting! Here, you will find information about our research in plant physiological and ecosystem ecology. Our emphasis is on understanding how climate, disturbance, succession, and ecosystem structure affect leaf to ecosystem-scale function, with a focus on forest and wetland carbon cycling.  Currently, we seek undergraduate student collaborators to conduct Department of Energy (DOE), National Science Foundation (NSF), and NASA supported research at VCU's Rice Rivers Center, and the University of Michigan Biological Station. Please contact Chris.

What are we doing this field season? A National Science Foundation project is asking how forests respond to different levels of disturbance. NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program East (SARP-E) is providing immersive research training for undergraduates. And, a DOE experiment is using mesocosms and flux towers to test the effects of sea level rise and nitrogen pollution on wetland carbon fluxes.


The motivation for offering open education resources (OERs) parallels that of open science, with both “open” philosophies striving to improve access and transparency. Here, you’ll find links to OERs that I’ve helped develop and to my course materials, which you are free to peruse or use.

Partially defoliated canopy.