Welcome to the Abbott Lab of Ecosystem Ecology

Ben Abbott
Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Ecology
Brigham Young University
Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences
benabbott(a)byu.edu
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We research how human activity affects the water and nutrient cycles that we all depend on. Our current projects investigate nutrient pollution in agricultural landscapes in France and water chemistry in river networks undergoing permafrost degradation in Alaska. We also use expert assessment methods to explore how sub-sea permafrost and wildfire will respond to climate change around the globe.


We are recruiting three undergraduate students and two graduate students in the coming academic year. There are opportunities for many kinds of students, including field and lab scientist, creative writers and artists, and technical and data researchers. Download the job announcement here and explore the Current projects page or email Ben to learn more!

Different colors of dissolved carbon. Toolik Lake, AK
Different colors of dissolved carbon. Toolik Lake, AK
Tastes like 10 thousand years old. Kuparuk River, AK
Tastes like 10 thousand years old. Kuparuk River, AK
Estuary of the Mont Saint Michel. France
Estuary of the Mont Saint Michel. France
A Sarah for scale. Toolik River, AK
A Sarah for scale. Toolik River, AK
Truck break after rock scrubs. Kuparuk River, AK
Truck break after rock scrubs. Kuparuk River, AK
Santa 4 passes Santa 1 a
Santa 4 passes Santa 1 a "Piglet". Roche Creek, AK
Soaking it all in. Longo Pyramid, AK
Soaking it all in. Longo Pyramid, AK
Dew on the tiny willows. Jaeger Valley, AK
Dew on the tiny willows. Jaeger Valley, AK
Essential science supply drop. Kelly River, AK
Essential science supply drop. Kelly River, AK
New aerial sampling method. North Slope, AK.
New aerial sampling method. North Slope, AK.
It's always easier to identify stuff in bottles in a team. Toolik Lake, AK
It's always easier to identify stuff in bottles in a team. Toolik Lake, AK
Low tide. Saint Malo, France
Low tide. Saint Malo, France
Filtering with a view. Feniak Lake, AK
Filtering with a view. Feniak Lake, AK
A warm hello from a close friend. Rennes, France
A warm hello from a close friend. Rennes, France
Science is better with friends. Rennes, France
Science is better with friends. Rennes, France
Science is fun! North Slope, AK
Science is fun! North Slope, AK
LI-COR among the Mastadon Flowers. Kelly River, AK
LI-COR among the Mastadon Flowers. Kelly River, AK
Drying out after the Joint Field Experiment. Rennes, France
Drying out after the Joint Field Experiment. Rennes, France
Hunting for thermokarst features. North Slope, AK
Hunting for thermokarst features. North Slope, AK
Small watershed workshop with friends. Rennes, France
Small watershed workshop with friends. Rennes, France
Agricultural
Agricultural "stream". Mont Saint Michel, France
Lab photo shoot outtake. Provo, UT
Lab photo shoot outtake. Provo, UT
Experimental lake. Krycklan Catchment, Sweden
Experimental lake. Krycklan Catchment, Sweden
Trying to blend in with the locals. North Slope, AK
Trying to blend in with the locals. North Slope, AK
Precision calibration of the spectrophotometer. Toolik Lake, AK
Precision calibration of the spectrophotometer. Toolik Lake, AK
Waders look good with everything. Toolik Lake, AK
Waders look good with everything. Toolik Lake, AK
8 wheels on a gravel road. Caribou-Poker Creek Research Watershed, AK
8 wheels on a gravel road. Caribou-Poker Creek Research Watershed, AK
Sharpies are good for more than labelling. Toolik Lake, AK
Sharpies are good for more than labelling. Toolik Lake, AK
Somebody flew too low. Toolik Lake, AK
Somebody flew too low. Toolik Lake, AK
Some photosynthesizers in the Forest of Wooden Shoes. Trans-La-Foret, France
Some photosynthesizers in the Forest of Wooden Shoes. Trans-La-Foret, France
It's always funner with an audience. Rennes, France
It's always funner with an audience. Rennes, France
Human-water interactions on the Cote d'Azur. Nice, France
Human-water interactions on the Cote d'Azur. Nice, France
Bottle set for synoptic sampling in Brittany. Rennes, France
Bottle set for synoptic sampling in Brittany. Rennes, France
Santa 2 grabs a water sample. Trevor Creek, AK
Santa 2 grabs a water sample. Trevor Creek, AK
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