Christopher Comer, Dean
I am curious about the interactions between Earth's climate and biology over a range of scales. My research seeks to gain insight into factors regulating Earth's climate in the past as well as factors limiting CO2 uptake in the future. Earth's climate and biogeochemical cycles are inextricably linked and I find this fascinating.
Duke University Climate/Ecology PhD 2006
University of Washington Environmental Science MS 2001
University of California, Davis Biology BS 1997
I am currently interested in the following research topics:
1.) Global Carbon Cycle: I am curious about factors limiting the Earth's capacity to take up CO2. To inquire about the global carbon cycle I investigate patterns in atmospheric CO2 and its isotopic composition in combination with global scale models.
2.) Amplification of Arctic Temperatures: Arctic temperatures are currently warming twice as fast as global temperatures and we don't fully understand why this is. We are currently working to understand what factors were involved in amplifying surface temperatures of the Arctic in the past, so that we can provide more credible climate preditions for this highly sensitive region.
3.) I am also curious about many other topics, so let me know what you are interested in.
Ballantyne, A.P., Alden*, C., Miller, J.B., Tans, P.P., and White, J.W.C. Increase in observed net carbon dioxide uptake by land and oceans during the past 50 years. Nature. 2012.
Ballantyne, A.P., Miller, J.B., Tans, P.P., and White, J.W.C. Testing biosphere models with atmospheric observations: novel applications of isotopes in CO2. Biogeosciences. 2011.
Ballantyne, A.P., Baker, P.A., Fritz, S., and Poulter, B. Climate mediated carbon and nitrogen dynamics in a tropical watershed. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences. 2011.
Ballantyne, A.P., Baker, P.A, Villalba, R, Chambers, J.Q., and Argollo, J. Regional differences in South American monsoon precipitation inferred from the growth and isotopic composition of tropical trees. Earth Interactions. doi:10.1175/2010EI277.1. 2011.
Ballantyne A.P., Brahney*, J., Fernandez, D, Lawrence*, C.L, Saros, J, and Neff, J.C. Biogeochemical response of alpine lakes to recent changes in dust deposition. Biogeosciences. 7, 8723-8761, doi:10.5194/bgd-7-8723-2010. 2011.
Csank* A.Z., Tripati, A., Patterson, W.P., Eagle, R.A., Rybczynski, N., Ballantyne, A.P., and Eiler, J. Estimates of Arctic land surface temperatures during the early Pliocene from two novel proxies. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 2011.
Ballantyne, A.P., Miller, J.B., and Tans, P.P. Apparent seasonal cycle in isotopic discrimination of carbon in the atmosphere and biosphere due to vapor pressure deficit. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 24, GB3018, doi:10.1029/2009GB003623. 2010.
Ballantyne, A.P., Greenwood, D.R, Sinninghe Damsté, J.S, Csank*, A.Z, Eberle, J.J., and Rybczynski, N. Significantly warmer Arctic surface temperatures during the Pliocene indicated by multiple independent proxies. Geology. v. 38, p. 603-606, doi:10.1130/G30815.1. 2010.
Neff, J., Ballantyne, A.P., Lawrence*, C., Painter, T., Reynolds, R. Increase in eolian dust deposition to mountain ecosystems of the Southwestern, US. Nature Geosciences. 2008.
*denotes student coauthor
College of Forestry and Conservation
Area of Expertise
Biogeochemical Cycles; Earth's Climate and Biology
Food Energy Water Focus
UM Bridges Department
UM Ecosystem & Conservation Sciences
Systems Ecology Title
Assistant Professor, Bioclimatology