Allison Dunn
Allison Dunn
Professor & Department Chair
VIEW CV 508-929-8641 adunn@worcester.edu
Professor Dunn's Office
ST-410M
Office Hours:
Mondays 10:30-12:30 Wednesday 10:30-11:30
Areas of Expertise

Bio

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.

Live from Worcester State!!

Below is the live image from Prof. Dunn’s office. These continual measurements are being made as part of the global Phenocam network, which incorporates images across the world to detect the timing of seasonal change. For more information about Phenocam, go to https://phenocam.nau.edu/webcam/

Education
2006
Harvard University
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Ph.D.
2003
Harvard University
Earth and Planetary Sciences
MA
1996
Oberlin College
Geology
BA

Research At A Glance

Carbon Sequestration in Mature Plantations and Regenerating Forests

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.

Carbon dynamics in urbanized areas

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).

Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands

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

Geoscience Education

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).