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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Interested in a PhD or Postdoc in Arctic ecology at BYU, MSU, or UVM? We are recruiting for our Arctic RIOS project. Project description here and application details here.


We research how human activity affects the water and nutrient cycles that sustain all life on Earth. Our current projects investigate water chemistry in river networks undergoing permafrost degradation in Alaska, nutrient pollution in agricultural landscapes in France, interactions among people, wildfire, and water quality in the Utah Lake watershed . We also use expert assessment methods to explore how sub-sea permafrost, air pollution, wildfire, and water security will respond to climate change around the globe.

A Sarah for scale. Toolik River, AK
A Sarah for scale. Toolik River, AK
Estuary of the Mont Saint Michel. France
Estuary of the Mont Saint Michel. France
Somebody flew too low. Toolik Lake, AK
Somebody flew too low. Toolik Lake, AK
It's always funner with an audience. Rennes, France
It's always funner with an audience. Rennes, France
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
We were so young then
We were so young then
Science is fun! North Slope, AK
Science is fun! North Slope, 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
Fun, smart, and sharp!
Fun, smart, and sharp!
New aerial sampling method. North Slope, AK.
New aerial sampling method. North Slope, AK.
Experimental lake. Krycklan Catchment, Sweden
Experimental lake. Krycklan Catchment, Sweden
8 wheels on a gravel road. Caribou-Poker Creek Research Watershed, AK
8 wheels on a gravel road. Caribou-Poker Creek Research Watershed, AK
Lab photo shoot outtake. Provo, UT
Lab photo shoot outtake. Provo, UT
Dew on the tiny willows. Jaeger Valley, AK
Dew on the tiny willows. Jaeger Valley, AK
Small watershed workshop with friends. Rennes, France
Small watershed workshop with friends. Rennes, France
Different colors of dissolved carbon. Toolik Lake, AK
Different colors of dissolved carbon. Toolik Lake, AK
Lab photo outtakes October 2018
Lab photo outtakes October 2018
Santa 2 grabs a water sample. Trevor Creek, AK
Santa 2 grabs a water sample. Trevor Creek, AK
Human-water interactions on the Cote d'Azur. Nice, France
Human-water interactions on the Cote d'Azur. Nice, France
Truck break after rock scrubs. Kuparuk River, AK
Truck break after rock scrubs. Kuparuk River, AK
Essential science supply drop. Kelly River, AK
Essential science supply drop. Kelly River, AK
A warm hello from a close friend. Rennes, France
A warm hello from a close friend. Rennes, France
Sharpies are good for more than labelling. Toolik Lake, AK
Sharpies are good for more than labelling. Toolik Lake, AK
Hunting for thermokarst features. North Slope, AK
Hunting for thermokarst features. North Slope, AK
Waders look good with everything. Toolik Lake, AK
Waders look good with everything. Toolik Lake, AK
Filtering with a view. Feniak Lake, AK
Filtering with a view. Feniak Lake, AK
Drying out after the Joint Field Experiment. Rennes, France
Drying out after the Joint Field Experiment. Rennes, France
Soaking it all in. Longo Pyramid, AK
Soaking it all in. Longo Pyramid, AK
Lab photoshoot outtakes
Lab photo outtakes October 2018
Low tide. Saint Malo, France
Low tide. Saint Malo, France
Trying to blend in with the locals. North Slope, AK
Trying to blend in with the locals. North Slope, AK
Science is better with friends. Rennes, France
Science is better with friends. Rennes, France
Precision calibration of the spectrophotometer. Toolik Lake, AK
Precision calibration of the spectrophotometer. Toolik Lake, AK
Bottle set for synoptic sampling in Brittany. Rennes, France
Bottle set for synoptic sampling in Brittany. Rennes, France
Agricultural
Agricultural "stream". Mont Saint Michel, France
Tastes like 10 thousand years old. Kuparuk River, AK
Tastes like 10 thousand years old. Kuparuk River, AK
Santa 4 passes Santa 1 a
Santa 4 passes Santa 1 a "Piglet". Roche Creek, AK
LI-COR among the Mastadon Flowers. Kelly River, AK
LI-COR among the Mastadon Flowers. Kelly River, AK
 
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