Climate Change Science Institute, ORNL
Stan is a plant ecologist and physiologist in the Climate Change Science Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has spent more than 25 years examining the mechanisms by which plants and ecosystems respond to global environmental change. Stan measures and models processes at molecular to global scales, conducting hypothesis-driven studies in laboratory and field environments. He currently serves as Director for the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE Arctic) project, an interdisciplinary team of more than 140 scientists who are working to address how permafrost thaw in a warming Arctic will affect important ecosystem-climate feedbacks. The project is founded on a systems-level perspective with integrated, model-inspired studies in geophysics, hydrology, biogeochemistry, vegetation dynamics, and multi-scale modeling. The goal of the NGEE Arctic project is to accelerate the incorporation of new knowledge derived from field and laboratory studies into Earth System Models.