Ecosystem Biologist

Ecosystem Biologists are ecologists who study the ways that elements and compounds move through the air, water, and soil. They ask questions like “What causes acid rain? How does it affect forests?” and “How does nitrogen flow through rivers?” Earth System Scientist Noel Gurwick tracks different forms of nitrogen released by fertilizers used on fields as they move through the soil, water, and air. He also studies microbes and the roots of plants growing near springs and rivers.