• Scott Ollinger earned a Bachelor's degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from Purchase College in 1989 and Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire in 1992 and 2000. Prior to joining the EOS faculty, he served as a Research Scientist in the Complex Systems Research Center (now the Earth Systems Research Center) from 1995 to 2000.

    His research interests span a variety of topics within the fields of ecology and biogeochemistry including carbon and nitrogen cycling, forest productivity and succession, plant-soil interactions, remote sensing, ecosystem modeling and the effects of multiple environmental stressors on forests. He is currently active in several research projects that involve a combination of field studies and modeling. His modeling activities have included regional analysis of forest productivity across the northeastern U.S. with particular emphasis on the effects of tropospheric ozone, nitrogen deposition, elevated CO2 and climate change. Dr. Ollinger is also involved in a multi-investigator field and remote sensing campaign in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest. The project is comprised of researchers from UNH and the U.S. Forest Service and is aimed at characterizing patterns of forest growth and nutrient status through the combined use of field measurements and hyperspectral remote sensing. Specific focus is placed on resolving relationships among canopy chemistry, nitrogen cycling and forest growth and understanding the relative influence of factors such as species composition, historical land use and soil properties.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 Towards connecting biodiversity and geodiversity across scales with satellite remote sensing.Global Ecology and Biogeography.  28:548-556. 2019
    2018 Guidelines and considerations for designing field experiments simulating precipitation extremes in forest ecosystemsMethods in Ecology and Evolution.  9:2310-2325. 2018
    2018 Nutrient retention during ecosystem succession: a revised conceptual modelFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment.  16:532-538. 2018
    2018 Landscape variation in canopy nitrogen and carbon assimilation in a temperate mixed forest.Oecologia.  188:595-606. 2018
    2018 Model-based analysis of the impact of diffuse radiation on CO2 exchange in a temperate deciduous forestAgricultural and Forest Meteorology.  249:377-389. 2018
    2018 The role of surface roughness, albedo, and Bowen ratio on ecosystem energy balance in the Eastern United StatesAgricultural and Forest Meteorology.  249:367-376. 2018
    2017 Evaluating climate signal recorded in tree-ring δ13 C and δ18 O values from bulk wood and α-cellulose for six species across four sites in the northeastern US.Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.  31:2081-2091. 2017
    2017 Development of scenarios for land cover, population density, impervious cover, and conservation in New Hampshire, 2010-2100Ecology and Society Conservation Ecology.  22. 2017
    2016 Evapotranspiration and water use efficiency in relation to climate and canopy nitrogen in US forestsJOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-BIOGEOSCIENCES.  121:2610-2629. 2016
    2016 Evaluating the Climate Effects of Reforestation in New England Using a Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model Multiphysics EnsembleJournal of Climate.  29:5141-5156. 2016
    2016 The soil and plant biogeochemistry sampling design for The National Ecological Observatory NetworkEcosphere.  7:e01234-e01234. 2016
    2016 Examining spectral reflectance features related to foliar nitrogen in forests: Implications for broad-scale nitrogen mappingRemote Sensing of Environment.  173:174-186. 2016
    2015 Making sense of the troubles at NEONScience The Scientific monthly.  350:639-640. 2015
    2015 Remote sensing of foliar nitrogen in cultivated grasslands of human dominated landscapesRemote Sensing of Environment.  167:88-97. 2015
    2015 Generalization and evaluation of the process-based forest ecosystem model PnET-CN for other biomesEcosphere.  6:art43-art43. 2015
    2015 Spatial scaling of reflectance and surface albedo over a mixed-use, temperate forest landscape during snow-covered periodsRemote Sensing of Environment.  158:465-477. 2015
    2014 Chronic nitrogen additions suppress decomposition and sequester soil carbon in temperate forestsBiogeochemistry.  121:305-316. 2014
    2014 Data-driven diagnostics of terrestrial carbon dynamics over North AmericaAgricultural and Forest Meteorology.  197:142-157. 2014
    2014 The effect of nitrogen addition on soil organic matter dynamics: a model analysis of the Harvard Forest Chronic Nitrogen Amendment Study and soil carbon response to anthropogenic N depositionBiogeochemistry.  117:431-454. 2014
    2014 Quantifying the effects of harvesting on carbon fluxes and stocks in northern temperate forestsBiogeosciences.  11:6667-6682. 2014
    2013 Soil respiration in a northeastern US temperate forest: a 22-year synthesisEcosphere.  4:art140-art140. 2013
    2013 Interspecific vs intraspecific patterns in leaf nitrogen of forest trees across nitrogen availability gradients.New Phytologist.  200:112-121. 2013
    2013 Reply to Smith and Shortle: Lacking evidence of hydraulic efficiency changes.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  110:E3740. 2013
    2013 Nitrogen cycling, forest canopy reflectance, and emergent properties of ecosystems.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  110:E2437. 2013
    2013 Decreased water flowing from a forest amended with calcium silicate.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  110:5999-6003. 2013
    2013 Soil respiration does not acclimatize to warmer temperatures when modeled over seasonal timescalesBiogeochemistry.  112:555-570. 2013
    2013 Foliar nitrogen in relation to plant traits and reflectance properties of New Hampshire forestsCanadian Journal of Forest Research.  43:18-27. 2013
    2012 Do Nutrient Limitation Patterns Shift from Nitrogen Toward Phosphorus with Increasing Nitrogen Deposition Across the Northeastern United States?Ecosystems.  15:940-957. 2012
    2012 Variation in foliar nitrogen and albedo in response to nitrogen fertilization and elevated CO2.Oecologia.  169:915-925. 2012
    2012 Assessing the impact of N-fertilization on biochemical composition and biomass of a Douglas-fir canopy—A remote sensing approachAgricultural and Forest Meteorology.  153:124-133. 2012
    2011 Canopy-scale relationships between foliar nitrogen and albedo are not observed in leaf reflectance and transmittance within temperate deciduous tree speciesCanadian Journal of Botany Botany.  89:491-497. 2011
    2011 Mercury distribution across 14 U.S. Forests. Part I: spatial patterns of concentrations in biomass, litter, and soils.Environmental Science & Technology.  45:3974-3981. 2011
    2011 Sources of variability in canopy reflectance and the convergent properties of plants.New Phytologist.  189:375-394. 2011
    2010 Past and projected future changes in snowpack and soil frost at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire, USAHydrological Processes.  24:2465-2480. 2010
    2010 Forest carbon storage: ecology, management, and policyFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment.  8:245-252. 2010
    2010 Carbon pools and fluxes in small temperate forest landscapes: Variability and implications for sampling designForest Ecology and Management.  259:1245-1254. 2010
    2010 Albedo estimates for land surface models and support for a new paradigm based on foliage nitrogen concentrationGlobal Change Biology.  16:696-710. 2010
    2009 Characterizing canopy biochemistry from imaging spectroscopy and its application to ecosystem studiesRemote Sensing of Environment.  113:S78-S91. 2009
    2009 Near-surface remote sensing of spatial and temporal variation in canopy phenology.Ecological Applications.  19:1417-1428. 2009
    2009 Detrital carbon pools in temperate forests: magnitude and potential for landscape-scale assessmentCanadian Journal of Forest Research.  39:802-813. 2009
    2009 Nitrogen-albedo relationship in forests remains robust and thought-provoking ReplyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  106:E17-E17. 2009
    2009 Consequences of climate change for biogeochemical cycling in forests of northeastern North AmericaCanadian Journal of Forest Research.  39:264-284. 2009
    2009 Potential effects of climate change and rising CO2 on ecosystem processes in northeastern U.S. forests (vol 13, pg 467, 2008)Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change.  14:101-106. 2009
    2008 Canopy nitrogen, carbon assimilation, and albedo in temperate and boreal forests: Functional relations and potential climate feedbacks.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  105:19336-19341. 2008
    2008 A generalizable method for remote sensing of canopy nitrogen across a wide range of forest ecosystemsRemote Sensing of Environment.  112:3511-3519. 2008
    2008 Potential effects of climate change and rising CO(2) on ecosystem processes in northeastern US forestsMitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change.  13:467-485. 2008
    2008 Comparisons between PnET-Day and eddy covariance based gross ecosystem production in two Northern Wisconsin forestsAgricultural and Forest Meteorology.  148:247-256. 2008
    2007 CO2balance of boreal, temperate, and tropical forests derived from a global databaseGlobal Change Biology.  13:2509-2537. 2007
    2007 CO₂ balance of boreal, temperate, and tropical forests derived from a global databaseGlobal Change Biology.  13:2509-2537. 2007
    2007 The Role of Remote Sensing in the Study of Terrestrial Net Primary Production 2007
    2007 Estimating species abundance in a northern temperate forest using spectral mixture analysisPhotogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing.  73:829-840. 2007
    2007 Use of digital webcam images to track spring green-up in a deciduous broadleaf forest.Oecologia.  152:323-334. 2007
    2007 Environmental variation is directly responsible for short- but not long-term variation in forest-atmosphere carbon exchangeGlobal Change Biology.  13:788-803. 2007
    2007 Refining light-use efficiency calculations for a deciduous forest canopy using simultaneous tower-based carbon flux and radiometric measurementsAgricultural and Forest Meteorology.  143:64-79. 2007
    2006 Characterization of seasonal variation of forest canopy in a temperate deciduous broadleaf forest, using daily MODIS dataRemote Sensing of Environment.  105:189-203. 2006
    2006 Regional Assessment of N Saturation using Foliar and Root \varvec delta15NBiogeochemistry.  80:157-194. 2006
    2005 Net primary production and canopy nitrogen in a temperate forest landscape: an analysis using imaging spectroscopy, modeling and field dataEcosystems.  8:760-778. 2005
    2004 Estimation of plant and leaf area index using three techniques in a mature native eucalypt canopy.Australian Journal of Ecology Austral Ecology.  29:332-341. 2004
    2004 Integrating remote sensing and ecosystem process models for landscape- to regional-scale analysis of the carbon cycleBioScience.  54:573-584. 2004
    2004 Scaling net primary production to a MODIS footprint in support of Earth observing system product validationInternational Joural of Remote Sensing Remote Sensing Reviews.  25:1961-1979. 2004
    2003 The resource economics of chemical and structural defenses across nitrogen supply gradients.Oecologia.  137:547-556. 2003
    2003 Nitrogen pollution: Sources and consequences in the US northeastEnvironment.  45:8-+. 2003
    2003 Analysis of hyperspectral data for estimation of temperate forest canopy nitrogen concentration: Comparison between an airborne (AVIRIS) and a spaceborne (Hyperion) sensorIEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.  41:1332-1337. 2003
    2003 Prediction of eucalypt foliage nitrogen content from satellite-derived hyperspectral dataIEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.  41:1338-1346. 2003
    2003 Nitrogen pollution in the northeastern United States: Sources, effects, and management optionsBioScience.  53:357-374. 2003
    2003 Is nitrogen deposition altering the nitrogen status of northeastern forests?BioScience.  53:375-375. 2003
    2003 Long-term research on biosphere atmosphere interactionsBioScience.  53:33-45. 2003
    2003 New frontiers in the study of element interactionsINTERACTIONS OF THE MAJOR BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES.  61:63-91. 2003
    2002 Inorganic nitrogen losses from a forested ecosystem in response to physical, chemical, biotic, and climatic perturbationsEcosystems.  5:648-658. 2002
    2002 Direct estimation of aboveground forest productivity through hyperspectral remote sensing of canopy nitrogenEcological Applications.  12:1286-1302. 2002
    2002 Interactive effects of nitrogen deposition, tropospheric ozine, elevated CO2 and land use history on the carbon dynamics of northern hardwood forests.Global Change Biology.  8:545-562. 2002
    2002 Regional variation in foliar chemistry and N cycling among forests of diverse history and compositionEcology.  83:339-355. 2002
    2002 Regional variation in foliar chemistry and n cycling among forests of diverse history and compositionEcology.  83:339-355. 2002
    2002 Comparison of green leaf eucalypt spectra using spectral decomposition.Australian Journal of Botany.  50:567-576. 2002
    2001 Assessing the performance of HYPERION in relation to eucalypt biochemistry: Preliminary project design and specificationsIGARSS 2001: SCANNING THE PRESENT AND RESOLVING THE FUTURE, VOLS 1-7, PROCEEDINGS.  311-313. 2001
    1999 Sources of variability in net primary production predictions at a regional scale: A comparison using PnET-II and TEM 4.0 in northeastern US forestsEcosystems.  2:555-570. 1999
    1998 Estimating regional forest productivity and water yield using an ecosystem model linked to a GISLandscape Ecology.  13:323-334. 1998
    1998 A comparison of mapped estimates of long-term runoff in the northeast United StatesJournal of Hydrology.  206:176-190. 1998
    1998 Mapping monthly precipitation, temperature, and solar radiation for Ireland with polynomial regression and a digital elevation modelClimate Research.  10:35-49. 1998
    1997 Simulating ozone effects on forest productivity: Interactions among leaf-, canopy-, and stand-level processesEcological Applications.  7:1237-1251. 1997
    1997 Modeling nitrogen saturation in forest ecosystems in response to land use and atmospheric depositionEcological Modelling.  101:61-78. 1997
    1996 Biomass allocation and multiple resource limitation in tree seedlingsCanadian Journal of Forest Research.  26:1521-1530. 1996
    1995 Predicting the effects of climate change on water yield and forest production in the northeastern United StatesClimate Research.  5:207-222. 1995
    1993 A Spatial Model of Atmospheric Deposition for the Northeastern U.S.Ecological Applications.  3:459-472. 1993
    Carbon fluxes and interannual drivers in a temperate forest ecosystem assessed through comparison of top-down and bottom up approaches.Agricultural and Forest Entomology

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    2000 Detecting forest nutrient status with remote sensing: Applications for predicting forest growth and healthNCASI Proceedings. 368. 2000
    1996 Predicting the effects of tropospheric ozone on forest productivity in the northeastern US1995 MEETING OF THE NORTHERN GLOBAL CHANGE PROGRAM, PROCEEDINGS. 217-225. 1996

    Principal Investigator On

  • Enhancing the PnET-CN Model to Simulate Forest Dynamics Along the Eastern US  awarded by US DA, United States Forest Service 2017 - 2022
  • MSF-FRA: The Influence of Biological Diversity on Land-Atmosphere Exchange in Forests: Confronting Theory with Data  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2016 - 2021
  • Forest Carbon Isotope Studies  awarded by US DA, United States Forest Service 2013 - 2017
  • Collaborative Research: Nitrogen Retention and Ecosystem Succession: Theory Meets Data  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2013 - 2017
  • Exploring Relationships Among Water Use Efficiency, Canopy Nitrogen and Carbon Cycling Across North American Ecosystems to Improve Land Surface Models  awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 2012 - 2016
  • Effects of Disturbance and N Deposition on Nitrogen-Albedo Relations in Forests  awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 2010 - 2014
  • Landscape and Regional Scale Studies of Nitrogen Gas Flux  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2009 - 2013
  • Improved Understanding of Forest Climate Interactions through Advanced Methods of Ecosystem Analysis  awarded by US DA, United States Forest Service 2008 - 2013
  • Exploring Ecosystems and the Atmosphere in the K-12 Classroom: A Plan to Integrate NASA Carbon Cycle Science with GLOBE  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2006 - 2012
  • Exploring Relationships among Carbon Cycling, Vegetation Nitrogen Status and Surface Albedo across North American Ecosystems to Improve Land Surface Models  awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 2008 - 2012
  • Landscape-Scale Forest Productivity Simulations at LaSelva Biological Station  awarded by US DA, United States Forest Service 2008 - 2011
  • Northeastern NACP Tier III Site: Scaling Field and Flux Measurements Using a Tiered RS Method  awarded by US DA, Department of Agriculture 2005 - 2010
  • Effects of Past and Projected Changes in Climate and Atmospheric Compostion on Forest Ecosystems Across the Northeastern US: Model Development, Testing, and Projections  awarded by Pennsylvania State University 2006 - 2009
  • Effects of Past and Projected Changes in Climate and Atmospheric Composition on Forest Ecosystems Across the Northeastern US: Model Development, Testing and Projections  awarded by US DA, Department of Agriculture 2006 - 2008
  • NERC Climate Variability Working Group  awarded by US DA, Department of Agriculture 2005 - 2008
  • Scaling and evaluation of ecosystem carbon uptake through integration of multi-scale remote sensing with AmeriFLUX and NACP field observations  awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 2005 - 2008
  • Resolving the Effects of Multiple Environmental Changes on Net Carbon Balances through Time-Series Application of a Forest Ecosystem Model  awarded by Harvard University 2004 - 2005
  • Scaling Forest Carbon Flux Measurements Sites to Landscapes  awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 2001 - 2005
  • Atmospheric Deposition for Northeastern United States  awarded by Institute of Ecosystem Studies 2000 - 2005
  • Carbon Balances Through Time Series Application  awarded by University of California at Davis 2002 - 2004
  • Environmental Changes Carbon Balances Through Time-Series  awarded by US DA, United States Forest Service 2002 - 2003
  • GRFP: Impacts of Biological and Structural Diversity on Forest Productivity  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Investigator On

    Teaching Activities

  • Terrestrial Ecosystems Taught course 2019
  • Top/Biogeochemistry Taught course 2019
  • Forest Ecosyst & Environ Chang Taught course 2017
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems Taught course 2017
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems Taught course 2016
  • Top/Biogeochemistry Taught course 2016
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems Taught course 2015
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Environmental Science, State University of New York at Purchase
  • M.S. Forestry, University of New Hampshire
  • Ph.D. Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire
  • Full Name

  • Scott Ollinger