MEM '13, Ben Carlson, led a paper that was just published in Global Change Biology on carbon stocks in dead wood (necromass) in Gabonese forests. In the largest study of deadwood to date in the tropics, we find that deadwood makes up 21% of Gabon's aboveground carbon, a threefold increase over previous estimates. We also show that deadwood stocks increase with logging and the abundance of large trees. Our paper contributes to efforts to refine carbon accounting. The paper has been featured in several online blogs and newspages, including phys.org, Science Daily, Headline News, and others: (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161003183753.htm?).
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. My research focuses on tropical forest plants and animals and their conservation and management.