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Welcome to the Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

CML Mugshot  Dr. Creighton M . Litton
  Associate Professor
  Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Management (NREM)
  College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR)
  University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM)
 
  Graduate Faculty
  Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM Graduate Program)
  Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Program (EECB)
  
  1910 East-West Road
  Sherman Laboratory 101
  Honolulu, HI 96822
 
  808-956-6004 (Manoa office)
  808-969-8253 (Hilo office)
  808-956-4065 (Manoa lab)
  808-969-8272 (Hilo lab)
  litton@hawaii.edu
 
  
Research in the laboratory addresses both basic and applied ecology at scales ranging from local to global.  My primary research focus is the ecology and biogeochemistry of forest ecosystems, with emphasis on native and managed forests in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific.  Much of my research involves quantifying pools, fluxes and allocation of carbon and nutrients in terrestrial ecosystems to examine their plasticity and response to a suite of global change variables, using Hawaiian forests as model study systems for asking globally relevant questions.  I am particularly interested in how climate change, invasive species, disturbances, and their interactions impact plant-soil-atmosphere exchanges of carbon, water, and nutrients.  I also conduct more applied research on the conservation and restoration of native Hawaiian terrestrial ecosystems.

In line with past and ongoing research in the laboratory, my teaching interests are in forest ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, global change biology, restoration ecology, invasive species ecology, and disturbance ecology.  Currently, I teach graduate coursework in Ecosystem Ecology (NREM 680) and Restoration Ecology (NREM 682), and undergraduate coursework in Natural Resource Management (NREM 301+L) and Applied Forest Ecology (NREM 480).


***Click here for an article on research in the Ecosystem Ecology Lab from the November 2009 issue of the CTAHR Research News Magazine.***


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