• AllisonDunn  

    Allison L. Dunn

    Contact Information
    Office ST-310 N

    B.A., Oberlin College (1996)
    M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University (2003, 2006)

    Curriculum Vitae

  • Courses Taught

    My teaching focuses on engaging students with the process of science. I do so through data-driven and case-based approaches towards scientific investigation and writing projects emphasizing critical analysis of data and literature. Courses taught include:

    • Physical Geography
    • Meteorology
    • Hydrology
    • Contemporary Climate Change
    • Biogeography

    My research uses principles from the geosciences, biology, and chemistry to understand the terrestrial carbon cycle. Areas of focus include ecosystem response to climate, urbanization effects on carbon fluxes and pools, and how forest management affects atmospheric carbon sequestration. Much of my research is locally-based and designed to facilitate undergraduate participation. Active projects include:

    • Measuring carbon fluxes and pools in regenerating New England forests and system response to disturbance events such as the December 2008 ice storm
    • Assessing and quantifying carbon metabolism across the urban-rural gradient of Boston to Petersham, MA. This includes installation of a high-resolution atmospheric carbon dioxide sensor on the roof of the Science and Technology building at Worcester State University.
    • Enhancing the diversity of the geosciences with a program integrating teacher training, high school internships, and college credit for high schoolers.
    • Continuing my dissertation research investigating the long-term carbon balance of a boreal black spruce forest, Thompson, Manitoba, Canada.

    Gower ST, S Peckham, AR Desai, TA Black, JH McCaughey, HA Margolis, A Dunn, S Wharton, KT Paw U, ML Goulden, B Bond-Lamberty, AG Barr, F Magnani, J Chen, North American old-growth forests are not efficient carbon sinks, Nature, in review.

    Berninger F, A Nicault, Y Savva, C Begin, A Dunn, M Savard, Y Bégin, Winter climate drives growth of black spruce in large areas of North-Eastern Canada, Boreal Environmental Research, in review.

    Meredith LK, R Commane, A Dunn, JW Munger, J Tang, SC Wofsy, RG Prinn, Ecosystem fluxes of  hydrogen: a comparison of flux-gradient methods, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 7, 2787-2805, 2014.

    Fu D, B Chen, H Zhang, J Wang, B Amiro, TA Black, G Bohrer, P Bolstad, R Coulter, F Rahman, A Dunn, H McCaughey, T Meyers, S Verma, Estimating landscape net ecosystem exchange at high spatiotemporal resolutions based on remote sensing and eddy covariance flux measurements, Remote Sensing of Environment 141, 90-104, 2014.

    Briber BM, LR Hutyra, AL Dunn, SM Raciti, JW Munger, Variations in atmospheric CO2 and carbon fluxes across a Boston, MA urban gradient, Land 2, 304-327, 2013.

    Coursolle C, HA Margolis, M-A Giasson, P Bernier, B Amiro, A Arain, A Barr, A Black, M Goulden, H McCaughey, J Chen, AL Dunn, R Grant, P Lafleur, Influence of Stand Age on the Magnitude and Seasonality of Carbon Fluxes in Canadian Forests, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 165, 136-148, 2012.

    Brümmer C, TA Black, RS Jassal, NJ Grant, DL Spittlehouse, B Chen, Z Nesic, BD Amiro, MA Arain, AG Barr, CPA Bourque, C Coursolle, AL Dunn, LB Flanagan, ER Humphreys, PM Lafleur, HA Margolis, JH McCaughey, SC Wofsy, How climate and vegetation type influence evapotranspiration and water use efficiency in Canadian forest, peatland, and grassland ecosystems, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 153, 14-30, 2012.

    Yuan W, Y Luo, X Li, S Liu, G Yu, T Zhou, M Bahn, A Black, A Desai, A Cescatti, B Marcolla, C Jacobs, J Chen, M Aurela, C Bernhofer, B Gielen, G Bohrer, DR Cook, D Dragoni, AL Dunn, D Gianelle, T Grünwald, A Ibrom, MY Leclerc, A Lindroth, H Liu, L Belelli Marchesini, L Montagnani, G Pita, M Rodeghiero, A Rodrigues, G Starr, PC Stoy, Redefinition and global estimation of basal ecosystem respiration rate, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, doi:10.1029/2011GB004150, 2011.

    Gea-Izquierdo G, A Mäkelä, H Margolis, Y Bergeron, TA Black, A Dunn, J Hadley, KP U, M Falk, S Wharton, R Monson, DY Hollinger, T Laurila, M Aurela, H McCaughey, C Bourque, T Vesala, F Berninger, Modeling acclimation of photosynthesis to temperature in evergreen conifer forests, New Phytologist, doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03367.x, 2010.

    Dunn AL, SC Wofsy, AvH Bright, Landscape heterogeneity, soil climate, and carbon exchange in a boreal black spruce forest, Ecological Applications 19(2), 495-504, 2009.

    Grant RF, AG Barr, TA Black, HA Margolis, AL Dunn, J Metsaranta, S Wang, JH McCaughey, CA Bourque, Interannual variation in net ecosystem productivity of Canadian forests as affected by regional weather patterns – a Fluxnet-Canada synthesis, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 149(11), 2022-2039, 2009.

    Yuan W, Y Luo, AD Richardson, R Oren, S Luyssaert, IA Janssens, R Ceulemans, X Zhou, T Grünwald, M Aubinet, C Bernhofer, DD Baldocchi, J Chen, AL Dunn, J Deforest, D Dragon, AH Goldstein, E Moors, JW Munger, RK Monson, AE Suyker, G Starr, RL Scott, J Tenhunen, SB Verma, T Vesala, SC Wofsy, Latitudinal patterns of magnitude and interannual variability in net ecosystem exchange regulated by biological and environmental variables, Global Change Biology 15(12), 2905-2920, 2009.

    Grant RF, HA Margolis, AG Barr, AL Dunn, PY Bernier, O Bergeron, Changes in net ecosystem productivity of boreal black spruce stands in response to changes in temperature at diurnal and seasonal time scales, Tree Physiology 29(1), 1-17, 2009.

    Ise T, AL Dunn, SC Wofsy, PM Moorcroft, High sensitivity of peat decomposition due to physical-biogeochemical feedback, Nature Geosciences, doi:10.1038/ngeo331, 2008.

    Mahadevan P, SC Wofsy, DM Matross, X Xiao, AL Dunn, JC Lin, C Gerbig, JW Munger, VY Chow, EW Gottlieb, A satellite-based biosphere parameterization for net ecosystem CO2 exchange: Vegetation Photosynthesis and Respiration Model (VPRM), Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 22, GB2005, doi:10.1029/2006GB002735, 2008.

    Dunn AL*, CC Barford, SC Wofsy, ML Goulden, and BC Daube, A long-term record of carbon exchange in a boreal black spruce forest: means, responses to interannual variability, and decadal trends, GlobalChange Biology 13,577-590, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01221.x, 2007. (* cited in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007)
    Hutyra LR, JW Munger, SR Saleska, E Gottlieb, BC Daube, AL Dunn, DF Amaral, PB de Camargo, SC Wofsy, Seasonal controls on the exchange of carbon and water in an Amazonian rain forest, Journal of Geophysical Research 112, G03008, doi:10.1029/2006JG000365, 2007.

    Schwalm C, B Amiro, A Arain, A Barr, TA Black, CP-A Bourque, AL Dunn, L Flanagan, M-A Giasson, P Lafleur, H Margolis, H McCaughey, S Wofsy, Photosynthetic light use efficiency across an east-west transect in Canada, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 140, 269-286, 2006.

    Bergeron O, HA Margolis, TA Black, C Coursolle, AL Dunn, AG Barr, SC Wofsy, Comparison of carbon dioxide fluxes of three boreal black spruce forests in Canada, Global Change Biology, 13, 89-107, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01281.x, 2006.

    Coursolle C, HA Margolis, AG Barr, TA Black, BD Amiro, JH McCaughey, LB Flanagan, PM Lafleur, NT Roulet, CP-A Bourque, MA Arain, SC Wofsy, A Dunn, K Morgenstern, AL Orchansky, PY Bernier, JM Chen, J Kidston, N Saigusa, N Hedstrom, Late-summer carbon fluxes from Canadian forests and peatlands along an east-west continental transect, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 36, 783-800, 2006.

    Rocha AV, ML Goulden, AL Dunn, SC Wofsy, On linking interannual tree ring variability with observations of whole-forest CO2 flux, Global Change Biology, 12, 1378-1389, 2006.

    Heinsch FA, M Zhao, SW Running, JS Kimball, RR Nemani, KJ Davis, PV Bolstad, BD Cook, AR Desai, DM Ricciuto, BE Law, WC Oechel, H Kwon, H Luo, SC Wofsy, AL Dunn, JW Munger, DD Baldocchi, L Xu, DY Hollinger, AD Richardson, PC Stoy, MBS Siqueira, RK Monson, S Burns, LB Flanagan, Evaluation of remote sensing based terrestrial productivity from MODIS using regional tower eddy flux network observations, IEEE Transactions in Geosciences and Remote Sensing, 44, 1908-1925, 2006.

    Turner DP, W Ritts, M Zhao, S Kurc, A Dunn, S Wofsy, E Small, SW Running, Assessing Interannual Variation in MODIS-based Estimates of Gross Primary Production, IEEE Transactions in Geosciences and Remote Sensing, 44, 1899-1907, 2006.

    Turner DP, WD Ritts, WB Cohen, TK Maeirsperger, ST Gower, AA Kirschbaum, SW Running, M Zhao,  C Wofsy, AL Dunn, BE Law, JL Campbell, WC Oechel, HJ Kwon, TP Meyers, EE Small, SA Kurc, JA Gamon, Site-level evaluation of satellite-based global terrestrial GPP and NPP monitoring, Global Change Biology, 11, 1-19, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2005.00936.x, 2005.

    Turner DP, WD Ritts, WB Cohen, ST Gower, M Zhao, SW Running, SC Wofsy, S Urbanski, AL Dunn and JW Munger, Scaling Gross Primary Production (GPP) over boreal and deciduous forest landscapes in support of MODIS GPP product validation, Remote Sensing of Environment, 88(3), 256-270, 2003.


    Ise T, A Dunn, S Wofsy, P Moorcroft, Simulating Peatland Methane Dynamics Coupled to a Mechanistic Model of Biogeochemistry, Hydrology, and Energy: Implications to Climate Change. Climate Change and Variability, p. 327-336. Simard, SW and Austin, ME, eds, Sciyo, Sep. 2010.

    Black TA, D Gaumont-Guay, RS Jassal, BD Amiro, PG Jarvis, A Dunn, ST Gower, FM Kelliher, Measurement of CO2 exchange between Boreal forest and the atmosphere. Carbon Balance of Forest Biomes, p. 151-186. Griffiths, H. and Jarvis, P. J., eds, Garland Science/BIOS Scientific Publishers, Dec. 2004.


    Dunn, AL, LR Hutyra, BM Briber, SR Raciti, V Dearborn*, N Volk*, R Salmonson*, Carbon Dynamics Following Land-use Change across an Urbanization Gradient, AAG Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, April 8-12, 2014 (* undergraduate author) Dunn AL, BR Briber, LR Hutyra, JW Munger, Hourly, Daily, and Seasonal Patterns of Atmospheric CO2 Along an Urbanization Gradient. NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Global Monitoring Annual Conference, Boulder, CO, May 15-17 2012.

    Wofsy SC, KM McKain, L Hutyra, M Brondfield, S Raciti, JW Munger, AL Dunn, T Nehrkorn, J Eluszkiewicz, J Ehleringer, E Crosson, D Wunch, PO Wennberg, Urban emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants: Quantifying fluxes for the "urban dome", and impacts at the scale of the neighborhood. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 5-9 2011.

    Hutyra LR, M Brondfield, B Briber, A Dunn, S Raciti, S Wofsy, Carbon cycling across the Boston urban to rural gradient: Integrating emissions estimates and atmospheric observations, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, August 7-12, 2011.

    Hutyra LR, M Alberti, N. Philips, AL Dunn, et al., Terrestrial carbon dynamics across gradients of urbanization, Emerging Issues Along Urban-Rural Interfaces: Linking Science and Society, Atlanta, GA, April 11-14, 2010.

    Dunn AL, The New England Forest Landscape, Worcester State College Community Seminar: The Forests of Massachusetts; Past, Present and Future, November 11, 2009.

    Amiro BD, MS Mkhabela, JO Rapai, AL Dunn, SC Wofsy, Carbon flux measurements from 1994 to 2008 in the boreal forest of northern Manitoba, Canadian Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology Meeting, Guelph University, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, August 5-7 2009.

    Dunn AL, Climate change and carbon sequestration: What role does the New England landscape play?, Share Our Scholarship seminar series, Worcester State College, Oct. 31 2008.

    Dunn AL, The Search for the Missing Sink: Carbon, Climate, and the New England Landscape, Department of Physical and Earth Sciences lecture series, Worcester State College, Oct. 16 2008.

    Dunn AL, Using Google Earth to investigate concepts in physical geography, Teaching Introductory Geoscience Courses in the 21st Century, Carleton & St. Olaf Colleges, Northfield, MN, July 14-17, 2008.

    Ise T, AL Dunn, SC Wofsy, PR Moorcroft, Fast limits to peat bog growth: A dynamic, mechanistic simulation of interacting peat carbon, hydrology, and thermal dynamics, Ecological Society of America/Society for Ecological Restoration Joint Meeting, San Jose, CA, Aug. 5-10 2007.

    Wofsy SC, AL Dunn (presenting author), BD Amiro, A Barr, TA Black, AV Rocha, ML Goulden, Lagged processes and critical timescales in boreal forest response to climate, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 11-15 2006.

    Dunn AL, Pathmathevan M, G Winston, A McMillan, B Amiro, M Goulden, S Wofsy, Seasonal and interannual variability in carbon exchange along a boreal black spruce chronosequence: Tower-based observations and MODIS-driven predictions using the Vegetation Photosynthesis and Respiration Model, American Meteorological Society 27th Conf. on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, San Diego, CA, May 22-26 2006.

    Dunn AL, Interannual variability of carbon exchange at a mature black spruce forest, The Chronoseuqnece Approach for Studying Boreal Carbon Dynamics (workshop), University of California – Irvine, Irvine, CA, March 2-4 2005.

    Dunn AL, SC Wofsy, JW Munger, AG Barr, TA Black, DY Hollinger, Interannual variability at five North American Fluxnet sites: Magnitude, regional coherence, and drivers, Fluxnet 2004 Open Workshop, Firenze, Italy, December 13-15 2004.

    Dunn AL, SC Wofsy, AVH Bright, Whole forest and understory measurement of carbon dioxide fluxes at a boreal black spruce forest. American Meteorological Society 26th Conf. on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Vancouver, BC, August 23-26 2004. Received Outstanding Oral Presentation Award.

    Dunn AL, JW Munger, BC Daube, JW Budney, CM Jones, SC Wofsy, Carbon cycle response to climatic variability using a statistical model. American Geophysical Union Spring 2001 Meeting, Boston, MA, May 29 – June 2, 2001.


    AL Dunn, Carbon dynamics and responses to disturbance in two New England forest stands, 24th annual Harvard Forest Ecological Symposium, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA, March 19, 2013.

    Morgan K*, AL Dunn, Carbon exchange of two New England forest stands & differential response to ice storm disturbance, 22 MA, March 15, 2011 (* undergraduate author).

    Dunn AL, K Morgan*, Legacies of an ice storm on the long-term carbon exchange of a temperate forest, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Dec. 13-17, 2010 (*undergraduate author).

    Dunn AL, W Hansen, S Healy, Engaging secondary students in geoscience investigations through the use of low-cost instrumentation, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Dec. 13-17, 2010.

    Hutyra LR, SM Raciti, P Rao, B Yoon, AL Dunn, N Phillips, et al., Terrestrial carbon dynamics across gradients of urbanization, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Dec. 13-17, 2010.

    Morgan K*, AL Dunn, Carbon dynamics and ice storm impact on Harvard Forest, Worcester State College Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, April 28, 2010 (* undergraduate author).

    Dunn AL, Sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide in regenerating New England forests: quantifying pools and constraining fluxes, 20th Annual Harvard Forest Ecological Symposium, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA, March 17, 2009.

    Dunn AL, B Amiro, Update from the Northern Old Black Spruce site: Decadal trends, hydrological drivers, and new initiatives, Fluxnet-Canada Annual Science Meeting, Ottawa, ON, Canada, Mar. 9-11 2007.

    Dunn AL, B Amiro, S Wofsy, The long-term carbon balance of a mature black spruce forest: Results from NOBS, Fluxnet-Canada Annual Science Meeting, Victoria, BC, Canada, Feb. 24-26 2006.

    Dunn AL, SC Wofsy, CC Barford, JW Munger, BC Daube, AVH Bright, A decade of carbon exchange at a boreal black spruce forest: long-term mean behavior and response to climate variability, Fluxnet- Canada Annual Science Meeting, Quebec City, QC, Canada, Feb. 25-27 2005.

    Dunn AL, SC Wofsy, CC Barford, The long-term carbon balance of a mature black spruce forest in Manitoba, Canada, Ameriflux Annual Meeting, Boulder, CO, Oct. 5-8 2004.

    Dunn AL, SC Wofsy, CC Barford, The long-term carbon balance of a mature black spruce forest in Manitoba, Canada: Sensitivity to temperature, precipitation, and soil moisture, International Boreal Forest Research Association 12th Annual Science Conference, Fairbanks, AK, May 3-6 2004.

    Dunn AL, SC Wofsy, JW Munger, ML Goulden, BC Daube, AVH Bright, CM Jones, JW Budney, Nine years of carbon exchange at BOREAS-NOBS, Fluxnet-Canada Annual Science Meeting, Banff, AB, Canada, Feb. 27-29 2004.

    Dunn AL, SC Wofsy, AVH Bright, Boreal soil hydrology and the carbon cycle, Fluxnet-Canada Annual Science Meeting, Banff, AB, Canada, Feb 27-29 2004.

    Dunn AL, SC Wofsy, JW Munger, ML Goulden, BC Daube, AVH Bright, CM Jones, JW Budney, Nine years of carbon exchange in the boreal forest, Ameriflux Annual Science Team Meeting, Boulder, Colorado, October 14-16, 2003.
    Honors and Grants
    National Aeronautic and Space Administration, Sept. 2012 – Aug. 2015, $1,150,000
    “4-D Modeling of the Regional Carbon Cycle in and Around Urban Environments: An  Interdisciplinary Study to Advance Observational and Modeling Foundations”
    Principal Investigator: Mark Friedl, Boston University

    Co-Investigators: Kelly Chance (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Allison Dunn, Lucy Hutyra (Boston University), Steven Wofsy (Harvard University), Curtis Woodcock (Boston University),

    WSU Alden Excellence in Teaching Award, May 2011, $500

    WSC Davis Grant, June 2010, $300
    Grant to develop a Math Across the Curriculum course for the Liberal Arts and Science Curriculum during Summer 2010.

    National Science Foundation, Directorate of Geosciences, Sept. 2009 – Aug. 2012, $199,710 “Creating a Pipeline for Diversity in the Geosciences: A Sustainability-based Approach”
    Principal Investigator: William Hansen
    Co-Investigators: Allison Dunn, Stephen Healy

    National Science Foundation, Directorate of Geosciences, Sept. 2009 – Mar. 2012, $300,000
    “Metabolism of Boston”
    Principal Investigator: Nathan Phillips, Boston University
    Listed Collaborator: Allison Dunn

    WSC Davis Grant, November 2008, $882
    Grant to attend the Association of American Colleges and Universities conference entitled “Engaging Science, Advancing Learning”, Providence, RI, November 6-8, 2008.

    WSC Mini-Grant, July 2008 – June 2009, $2600
    “Sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide in regenerating New England forests: quantifying pools and constraining fluxes”
    Principal Investigator: Allison Dunn

    National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education, July 2008, $300
    Award to support attendance at “Teaching Undergraduate Geosciences in the 21st Century” workshop, St. Olaf & Carleton Colleges, July 14-17 2008.

    WSC Davis Grant, July 2008, $1915
    Grant sponsoring departmental workshop for development of courses for Worcester State College's  Liberal Arts and Science curriculum

    NASA NNG05GA76G, August 2004 – July 2005, $86,999.
    "Fluxes of Carbon, Water, and Energy in a Boreal Forest-Peat Ecosystem: Short-Term Variance, Long-term Trends, and Sensitivity to Climate"
    Principal Investigator: Steven Wofsy

    American Meteorological Society Outstanding Oral Presentation Award, 2004, $75
    Awarded for the presentation “Whole forest and understory measurement of carbon dioxide fluxes at a boreal black spruce forest”. Presented at American Meteorological Society 26th Conf. on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Vancouver, BC, August 23-26 2004.

    NASA NGT5-30366, September 2001 – August 2004, $70,000.
    “Hydrological and Environmental Controls on the Carbon Balance of Boreal Forests” Earth System Science Graduate Fellowship

    Harvard University Web Pedagogies Fellowship, June 2001, $300
    Supported participation in week-long Web Pedagogies workshop investigating ways to incorporate web-based technologies into the classroom.

    NASA NAG5-7534, June 1998 – May 2002, $1,159,850.
    “Long-Term Net Ecosystem Exchange at the Boreas Northern Old Black Spruce Site: Mechanisms for Response to Climatic Variation”
    Principal Investigator: Steven Wofsy

    National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, 1995, $1200
    Supported undergraduate thesis work in Cyprus