Dr. Scott Saleska

Positions and Education: 
  • 2005-present Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
  • 2002-2004 Research Associate, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
  • 1999-2001 Post-doctoral fellow, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
  • 1998 Ph.D., Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1986 B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Honors and Awards: 
  • 1996-1998 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Grantee
  • 1994-1997 NASA Global Change Fellow
Research Interests: 

My research focuses on what might be called “biogeochemical ecology,” asking questions about how climate interacts with plant physiology, demography, and ecological processes to influence or control biogeochemical cycling from local to global scales. Just one example of the need for more complete understanding in this area is the lack of species interactions in modern global climate models, even though such interactions can be critically important in controlling ecosystem carbon cycling and hence, feedbacks to climate. Progress has been limited by the difficulty of bridging the gap between local-scale ecological interactions and broader biogeochemical processes. I use multidisciplinary approaches that combine classical techniques of field ecology and forestry with advanced technological methods (e.g., the micrometeorological eddy covariance method, isotopic techniques) and modeling to integrate biogeochemical processes to ecosystem scales.

Read a profile of Scott Saleska in the Fall 2004 (Winter 2005) issue of Desert News & Views (pdf file)

Selected Publications: 

PubMed list of publications for Scott Saleska

  1. J. B. Mcmanus, D. D. Nelson, J. H. Shorter, R. Jimenez, S. Herndon, S. R. Saleska, M. Zahniser. 2005. A high precision pulsed QCL spectrometer for measurements of stable isotopes of carbon dioxide. J. Modern Optics, 52 (16): 2309-2321
  2. Saleska, S; J. Shorter, S. Herndon, R. Jimenez, B. McManus, D. Nelson, M. Zahniser. 2006. What are the instrumentation requirements for measuring the isotopic composition of net ecosystem exchange of CO2 using eddy covariance methods? Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 42 (2), in press.
  3. Xiao, X., Q. Zhang, S.R. Saleska, L. Hutyra, P. Camargo, S. Wofsy, S. Frolking, S. Boles, M. Keller and B. Moore III. Satellite-based modeling of gross primary production in a seasonally moist tropical evergreen forest. 2005. Remote Sensing of Environment. 94: 105–122.
  4. Dunne, J.A., S.R. Saleska, M.L. Fischer, J. Harte (2004). Integrating experimental and gradient methods in ecological climate change research. Ecology. 85: 904-916.
  5. Martens, C.S., T.J. Shay, H.P. Mendlovitz, D.M. Matross, S.R. Saleska, S.C. Wofsy, W.S. Woodward, M.C. Menton, J.M.S. Moura, P.M. Crill, O.L.L. de Moraes, R.L. Lima (2004). Radon fluxes in tropical forest ecosystems of Brazilian Amazonia: night-time CO2 net ecosystem exchange derived from radon and eddy covariance methods. Global Change Biology. 10: 618-629.
  6. Saleska, S.R., S.D. Miller, D.M. Matross, M.L. Goulden, S.C. Wofsy, H. da Rocha, P.B. de Camargo, P.M. Crill, B.C. Daube, C. Freitas, L. Hutyra, M. Keller, V. Kirchhoff, M. Menton, J.W. Munger, E.H. Pyle, A.H. Rice, H. Silva (2003). Carbon in Amazon forests: unexpected seasonal fluxes and disturbance-induced losses. Science. 302: 1554-1557.
  7. Rice, A.H., E.H. Pyle, S.R. Saleska, L. Hutyra, M. Palace, M. Keller, P.B. de Camargo, K. Portilho, D.F. Marques, and S.C. Wofsy (2004). Carbon balance and vegetation dynamics in an old-growth Amazonian forest. Ecological Applications.
  8. Saleska, S.R; M.R. Shaw, M. Fischer, J. Dunne, C.J. Still, M. Holman, and J. Harte (2002). Plant community composition mediates both large transient decline and predicted long-term recovery of soil carbon under climate warming. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 16(4): 1055, doi:10.1029/2001GB001573.
  9. Barford, C.C., S.C. Wofsy, M.L. Goulden, J.W. Munger, E.H. Pyle, S.P Urbanski, L.Hutyra, S.R. Saleska, D. Fitzjarrald. K. Moore (2001). Factors Controlling Long- and Short-Term Sequestration of Atmospheric CO2 in a Mid-latitude Forest. Science. 294: 1688-1691.
  10. Saleska, Scott R., John Harte, and Margaret S. Torn (1999). The effect of experimental ecosystem warming on CO2 fluxes in a montane meadow. Global Change Biology. 5: 125-141.

Contact Information

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(520) 626-5838
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