Alexandra Contosta

Office: Earth Systems Research Center, Morse Hall, Durham, NH 03824
A headshot of Alix Contosta, research assistant professor in the Earth Systems Research Center.


  • Ph.D., Environmental Science, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., Conservation Biology, Antioch New England
  • B.A., French, Villanova University
  • B.A., Philosophy, Villanova University

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 642: Biogeosci Earth System

Selected Publications

Casson, N. J., Contosta, A. R., Burakowski, E. A., Campbell, J. L., Crandall, M. S., Creed, I. F., . . . Nelson, S. J. (2019). Winter Weather Whiplash: Impacts of Meteorological Events Misaligned With Natural and Human Systems in Seasonally Snow‐Covered Regions. Earth's Future, 7(12), 1434-1450. doi:10.1029/2019ef001224

Contosta, A. R., Casson, N. J., Garlick, S., Nelson, S. J., Ayres, M. P., Burakowski, E. A., . . . Thornbrugh, C. (2019). Northern forest winters have lost cold, snowy conditions that are important for ecosystems and human communities. Ecological Applications, 29(7). doi:10.1002/eap.1974

Burke, S. A., Wik, M., Lang, A., Contosta, A. R., Palace, M., Crill, P. M., & Varner, R. K. (2019). Long‐Term Measurements of Methane Ebullition From Thaw Ponds. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 124(7), 2208-2221. doi:10.1029/2018jg004786

Contosta, A. R., Adolph, A., Burchsted, D., Burakowski, E., Green, M., Guerra, D., . . . Wollheim, W. (2017). A longer vernal window: the role of winter coldness and snowpack in driving spring transitions and lags. Global Change Biology, 23(4), 1610-1625. doi:10.1111/gcb.13517

Contosta, A. R., Burakowski, E. A., Varner, R. K., & Frey, S. D. (2016). Winter soil respiration in a humid temperate forest: The roles of moisture, temperature, and snowpack. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 121(12), 3072-3088. doi:10.1002/2016jg003450

Contosta, A. R., Frey, S. D., & Cooper, A. B. (2015). Soil microbial communities vary as much over time as with chronic warming and nitrogen additions. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 88, 19-24. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.04.013

Contosta, A. R., Frey, S. D., Ollinger, S. V., & Cooper, A. B. (2013). Soil respiration does not acclimatize to warmer temperatures when modeled over seasonal timescales. Biogeochemistry, 112(1-3), 555-570. doi:10.1007/s10533-012-9748-6

Contosta, A. R., Frey, S. D., & Cooper, A. B. (2011). Seasonal dynamics of soil respiration and N mineralization in chronically warmed and fertilized soils. Ecosphere, 2(3), art36. doi:10.1890/es10-00133.1

Sinsabaugh, R. L., Lauber, C. L., Weintraub, M. N., Ahmed, B., Allison, S. D., Crenshaw, C., . . . Zeglin, L. H. (2008). Stoichiometry of soil enzyme activity at global scale. Ecology Letters, 11(11), 1252-1264. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01245.x

Contosta, A. R., Casson, N. J., Nelson, S. J., & Garlick, S. (n.d.). Defining frigid winter illuminates its loss across seasonally snow-covered areas of eastern North America. Environmental Research Letters, 15(3), 034020. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab54f3

Most Cited Publications