Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources

Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources

  • Title: Distinguished Professor
    Department / Research Program: Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
    Email: bhattacharya@aesop.rutgers.edu
    Phone: 848-932-6218
    Detailed Profile: http://dblab.rutgers.edu/
    Research Areas: Algal biofuels, de novo and functional genomics, strain improvement
    Energy Research Focus: Applying modern genomics methods to discover novel strains/species for biotechnological applications, including developing and applying genetic tools and knowledge of evolution to determine the potential for particular algae as feedstock for the energy industry.
  • Title: Associate Professor
    Department / Research Program: Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
    Email: ming.xu@rutgers.edu
    Phone: 848-932-9211
    Research Areas: Global Change Ecology, Big Data and Ecosystem Modeling, Ecosystem Services, Renewable Energy, Biological Carbon Sequestration and Utilization, Bioenergy, Policy, China
    Energy Research Focus: Climate change, Ecosystem functions and services, Ecosystem modeling, Biological carbon sequestration, Renewable energy. Specifically, renewable energy policy and its ecological and environmental impacts in China. Global Change Ecology: Investigating the impacts of climate change on ecosystem processes and functions and understanding the physiological/ecological mechanisms for plants and animals to acclimate/adapt to future climate change. Big Data and Ecosystem Modeling: Using big-data and data-model fusion techniques to predict the impacts of climate change and human activities on ecosystem functions and dynamics, including biodiversity. Ecosystem Services: Using ecosystem models to quantify and predict ecosystem services for sustainable ecosystem management under changing climate and human practices. Renewable Energy: Renewable energy policy and its ecological and environmental impacts in China. Biological Carbon Sequestration and Utilization: Biological carbon sequestration through reforestation/afforestation projects and carbon-oriented ecosystem management; Biological carbon utilization and storage through lithic and plastic mulching and CO2 fertilization in agriculture.

    Expertise: Climate change, Ecosystem functions and services, Ecosystem modeling, Biological carbon sequestration, Renewable energy