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Current and Past Lab Members

Jack Brookshire

Jack Brookshire is an Associate Professor of biogeochemisty and ecosystem analysis with an emphasis on nutrient cycling and limitation. His interests include: ecosystem responses and feedbacks to atmosphere and climate variation; vegetation dynamics; watershed biogeochemistry; plant-soil interactions; natural abundance isotopes; ecosystem modeling; time series analysis; global change.

Professional Preparation

Princeton University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Postdoctoral Research Associate 2006-2009

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Biological Sciences Ph.D. 2006

Oregon State University, Ecosystem Ecology, M.S. 2000; B.S. 1997



Associate Professor of Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, Dept. of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University, 2015-Present

Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, Dept. of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University, 2009-2015


Professional Service

Associate editor for the journal Biogeochemistry

Ryan Malmquist

Ryan received a B.S. in Environmental Science at MSU and worked with us as a reasearch assistant before joining the lab as a graduate student. Ryan's work addresses how woody plant encroachment affects soil carbon storage and biogeochemical cycling and how fire history and frequency organizes grassland species composition and productivity

Bryce Currey
Ph.D. candidate

Bryce Currey arrived at MSU following his undergraduate studies in Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. Here, Bryce received his BS in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in environmental engineering and a minor in applied mathematics.

Currently, Bryce's work focuses on ecosystem and landscape-scale dynamics. He is interested in how tropical forest demographics and functional traits influence forest biogeochemical cycling across multiple scales. Bryce is also interested in how the vegetative ecotones of the Northern Great Plains are shifting with climate change from a primarily grass dominant ecosystem to a more forested ecosystem, and what it means for the biogeochemistry of the ecosystem. 

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Justin Gay
Ph.D. candidate

Justin Gay comes to Montana State from Middlebury, Vermont where he was a former High School Environmental Science Teacher. During his teaching years he spent his summers working as researcher at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.


Broadly, his research is at the intersection of human caused global change and the implications for geographically broad patterns of biogeochemical cycling in terrestrial systems. His dissertation aims to elucidate how shifts in the dynamics between carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycling influence ecosystem organization and function across grassland and forest systems.

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Past Members

Justin Gay, PhD

Bryce Currey, PhD

Evan Bilbrey 

Braden Leach

William Carter

Noah Davis

Aaron Klingborg, M.S.

Erik Norderud

Dominique David

Jordan Holsinger, M.S.

Wilder Greene

Ken Linder

Kelly Mildenberger

Scott Raznoff

Dr. Yuriko Yano

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