Jane Foster

NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Associate

Consortium Institution: 

University of Minnesota

Affiliations: 

Department of Forest Resources

Education: 

B.A., 1996, Biology, Yale University
M.F.S., 2000, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Ph.D., 2011, Forest Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Experience: 

Remote Sensing Research Assistant, 1996-1998, Yale Center for Earth Observation
GIS Coordinator, 1999-2000, Yale School Forests
Teaching Fellow, 1999, 2000, “Observing the Earth from Space”, Yale University
Remote Sensing Analyst, 2000-2005, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory
Research Assistant, 2005-2011, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Postdoctoral Associate, 2011-present, University of Minnesota

Research Interests: 

I am an ecologist interested in ecosystem responses to disturbance and environmental stress, ranging from changes in carbon dynamics to changes in species composition, competition and nutrient cycling. As these ecological phenomena are subject to warming global temperatures, my work is increasingly framed in the context of climate change. My current research uses tree ring data to quantify forest biomass dynamics and to determine the climate sensitivity of tree species in the boreal transition zone of northern Minnesota. 

Recent Publications