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!

Soaking it all in. Longo Pyramid, AK
Soaking it all in. Longo Pyramid, 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
LI-COR among the Mastadon Flowers. Kelly River, AK
LI-COR among the Mastadon Flowers. Kelly River, 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
Experimental lake. Krycklan Catchment, Sweden
Experimental lake. Krycklan Catchment, Sweden
Sharpies are good for more than labelling. Toolik Lake, AK
Sharpies are good for more than labelling. Toolik Lake, AK
Trying to blend in with the locals. North Slope, AK
Trying to blend in with the locals. North Slope, AK
Somebody flew too low. Toolik Lake, AK
Somebody flew too low. Toolik Lake, AK
Tastes like 10 thousand years old. Kuparuk River, AK
Tastes like 10 thousand years old. Kuparuk River, AK
Science is better with friends. Rennes, France
Science is better with friends. Rennes, France
Human-water interactions on the Cote d'Azur. Nice, France
Human-water interactions on the Cote d'Azur. Nice, France
Drying out after the Joint Field Experiment. Rennes, France
Drying out after the Joint Field Experiment. Rennes, France
Different colors of dissolved carbon. Toolik Lake, AK
Different colors of dissolved carbon. Toolik Lake, AK
Santa 2 grabs a water sample. Trevor Creek, AK
Santa 2 grabs a water sample. Trevor Creek, AK
Small watershed workshop with friends. Rennes, France
Small watershed workshop with friends. Rennes, France
Essential science supply drop. Kelly River, AK
Essential science supply drop. Kelly River, AK
Dew on the tiny willows. Jaeger Valley, AK
Dew on the tiny willows. Jaeger Valley, 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
Agricultural
Agricultural "stream". Mont Saint Michel, France
Hunting for thermokarst features. North Slope, AK
Hunting for thermokarst features. North Slope, AK
Santa 4 passes Santa 1 a
Santa 4 passes Santa 1 a "Piglet". Roche Creek, AK
Science is fun! North Slope, AK
Science is fun! North Slope, AK
It's always funner with an audience. Rennes, France
It's always funner with an audience. Rennes, France
New aerial sampling method. North Slope, AK.
New aerial sampling method. 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
Truck break after rock scrubs. Kuparuk River, AK
Truck break after rock scrubs. Kuparuk River, AK
Bottle set for synoptic sampling in Brittany. Rennes, France
Bottle set for synoptic sampling in Brittany. Rennes, France
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
Estuary of the Mont Saint Michel. France
Estuary of the Mont Saint Michel. France
A warm hello from a close friend. Rennes, France
A warm hello from a close friend. Rennes, France
A Sarah for scale. Toolik River, AK
A Sarah for scale. Toolik River, AK
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