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Christian P. Giardina

Research Ecologist
60 Nowelo Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: 808-854-2619
Fax: 808-933-8120
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Research Interests

My current research interests include: forest responses to global change; restoration of ecosystem processes in degraded landscapes; and, production ecology and biogeochemistry. This research is important because nutrient cycles determine site fertility and site fertility drives ecosystem productivity, which influence ecosystem food webs. Further, nutrient and carbon cycles are tightly coupled, and carbon cycling has effects on atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, which regulate global climate. Global climate influences local climate, with impacts on site fertility, productivity and biodiversity. Currently, I am studying how climate change can be incorporated into landscape restoration and management efforts.

Why This Research is Important

This research is important because global change (climate change,land use, invasive species) are altering nutrient and carbon cycles, which drive site fertility and ecosystem productivity, and cause losses of native species. Global change can also alter forest structure. Taken together these changes can feed back on carbon and nutrient cycles, with negative effects on global climate.

Publications & Products

Research Highlights


Effects of Rising Temperature on Carbon Cycling and Storage in Ecosystems

Scientists find that as ecosystems warm, they store more carbon, not less


Last updated on : 03/04/2015