Welcome

Tropical forests are diverse ecosystems that offer opportunities to expand ecology in new and exciting directions. As a quantitative field ecologist, I am interested in how community assembly and abiotic processes shape ecosystem function in tropical systems.  Specifically, my research focuses on tree communities, microbial decomposers, and nutrient cycling.  I use lightning as a model phenomenon for understanding tree community assembly and the ramifications of disturbance in tropical forests.  I also explore how local environment, biogeochemistry, and microbial community assembly influence decomposition. Most of this research takes place on Barro Colorado Island in central Panama where I have worked as a research fellow with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute over the past few years.   Please explore this webpage or flip through the gallery (on the right) if you want a deeper look at my current research program and my passion for education.

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Evan repairs a tower-based camera that serves as part of the Remote Electronic Lightning Monitoring System in central Panama. Photo credit: Jeff Burchfield