US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Mark E. Kubiske

Research Plant Physiologist
5985 Highway K
United States

Phone: 715-362-1108
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Current Research

I currently devote 80 percent of my research time to the Aspen Free Air CO2 and ozone (O3) Enrichment (Aspen FACE) experiment which is designed to investigate the effects of increasing atmospheric CO2 and O3 on forest ecosystems. My personal interests at the Aspen FACE experiment are in the growth and competitive dynamics of the model forest communities, modeling of canopy photosynthesis, ecosystem hydrologic balance, photosynthetic compensatory responses to insect feeding, and use of molecular markers to quantify the proportions of belowground productivity of different aspen clones in the experiment.

Why This Research is Important

The debate over global climate change is arguably the most important scientific topic of our time. Irrespective of climate change, the direct effects of increasing atmospheric CO2 and ozone on forests is real and dramatic. A clear understanding of these effects is needed to manage forests today in a manner that will ensure their continued health and productivity in a future, more polluted atmosphere.


  • Penn State University, Ph.D. Forest Resources
  • Penn State University, M.S. Forest Resources
  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, B.S. Forest Management

Professional Organizations

  • Ecological Society of America

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Research Highlights


Scientists Predict Survivability Factors for Northern Forests Given Elevated CO2 and Ozone Levels

The researchers scaled up a high-profile 11-year ecosystem experiment called Aspen-FACE to assess how elevated carbon dioxide and ozone levels m ...


Last updated on : 06/18/2015