About the Ecohydrology Laboratory

Forest view for Ecohydrology


About Us

The Ecohydrology Laboratory focuses on understanding the interactions and feedbacks that occur at the interface between ecological and hydrological systems, with an emphasis on the water cycle and the linkages between coupled water, nutrient and carbon cycles. We work primarily in forest ecosystems, from the New World Tropics to New England, and we apply a range of techniques from direct measurements of water use and carbon exchange, to retrospective analyses of water relations using tree-rings and stable isotope measurements, to remote sensing of tree canopies.

A particular emphasis of our research is to explore the role of vegetation in controlling water fluxes and flowpaths from individual leaves and whole plants to ecosystems, watersheds, and landscapes, as well as how these processes are affected by land use change and forest management, as well as by climate change and other global change drivers. Ultimately, results from this research contribute to improving the management of ecosystems for diverse services to society, including water quality, regulation of water supply, provisioning, carbon sequestration and storage, and biodiversity.


Principal Investigators:
Heidi Asbjornsen
Matt Vadeboncoeur

Graduate Students:
David Moore
Sam Zuckerman

  • Northern Forest DroughtNet
  • Ecohydrological effects of forest conversion to pasture and silvopasture in New England
  • Impact of White Pine Needle Damage and management interventions on forest health across the Northeastern United States
  • Sustainability, ecosystem services and bioenergy development across the Americas
  • Ecophysiologial consequences of Drought in Amazonia
  • ​Drivers of regional evapotranspiration trends in the northeastern U.S.
  • Ecohydrological Controls on Watershed Response to Land Use Change in a Tropical Montane Cloud Forest
  • Exploring relationships among water use efficiency, canopy nitrogen and carbon cycling across North America