ACADEMICS

Allison Dunn

Professor

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.

Education

1996
Oberlin College
Geology
BA
2003
Harvard University
Earth and Planetary Sciences
MA
2006
Harvard University
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Ph.D.
Skills atmospheric science global change carbon cycle ecosystem ecology biogeochemistry

Achievements

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Creating a Pipeline for Diversity in the Geosciences
A Sustainability-based Approach
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Alden Excellence in Teaching Award
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4-D Modeling of the Regional Carbon Cycle in and Around Urban Environments
An interdisciplinary study to advance observational and modeling foundations
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Earth's Thermostat
Educational module developed for Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate), a NSF-funded project
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Publications

  • Articles
Articles
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Tree productivity enhanced with conversion from forest to urban land covers Read More
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Variations in atmospheric CO2 and carbon fluxes across a Boston, MA urban gradient Read More
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Landscape heterogeneity, soil climate, and carbon exchange in a boreal black spruce forest Read More
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High sensitivity of peat decomposition due to physical-biogeochemical feedback Read More
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A long-term record of carbon exchange in a boreal black spruce forest: means, responses to interannual variability, and decadal trends Read More
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Seasonal controls on the exchange of carbon and water in an Amazonian rain forest Read More
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On linking interannual tree ring variability with observations of whole-forest CO2 flux Read More
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Evaluation of remote sensing based terrestrial productivity from MODIS using regional tower eddy flux network observations Read More

Research

Carbon Sequestration in Mature Plantations and Regenerating Forests

This project measures the long-term carbon exchange in three forest stands: a red pine plantation, a recently clearcut red pine plantation, and 20-year-old stand naturally regenerating from a red pine plantation.
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Carbon dynamics in urbanized areas

This research is designed to study the coupled human-natural system across the urban-to-rural gradient from the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA, to Boston, MA. Two papers from this research can be found under the "Publications" section (Briber et al. 2013, 2015).
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Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands

I remain involved with research stemming from my doctoral research at the Northern Old Black Spruce study site in northern Manitoba, Canada. This site had the longest continuous record of high-frequency carbon exchange in the boreal forest. As I had primary responsibility for running the site from 1998-2007, I continue to be active in collaborative work utilizing its data, which are freely available at http://atmos.seas.harvard.edu/lab/data/boreasdata.html under a Fair Use policy
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Geoscience Education

I am an active contributor to the geoscience education community, most recently co-authoring a two-week module called "Earth's Thermostat" as part of the NSF-funded InTeGrate project (see link).
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Courses

GS101

Physical Geography


Earth's four major spheres: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere.
3 credits
EV150

Environmental Science


Human interactions with the living and nonliving parts of their environment.
3 credits
GS250

Hydrology


Water's atmospheric, earth surface, and underground processes.
3 credits
GS230

Biogeography


The distribution of life on earth through space and time.
3 credits
GS235

Contemporary Climate Change


Past, present, and future climate and critical factors in Earth's energy balance.
3 credits
GS299

Atmospheric Science


The physics and chemistry of the atmosphere.
3 credits