John M. Frank
240 West Prospect Road
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I study ecosystem involving atmosphere-biosphere interactions, soils, snowpack, and plant physiology. I do this primarily with the eddy covariance technique at the GLEES AmeriFlux site in southeastern Wyoming where I am quantifying the changes in ecosystem fluxes in response to a spruce beetle epidemic. I also study the uncertainty in the eddy covariance with sonic anemometry and through Bayesian statistical analysis.
As an ecologist I have interests in micrometeorology, eddy-covariance, subalpine forests, spruce bark beetle, Bayesian statistics, stable isotopes, plant physiology, sublimation, environmental physics, and soil physics. The engineer in me appreciates electronics and instrumentation, sonic anemometry, data analysis, signal processing, non-linear filters, and wavelets.
I am an electrical engineer and have previously worked in soil physics evaluating methods of measuring soil moisture in eastern Kansas croplands.
Pre Forest Service
Basinger J.M., G.J. Kluitenberg, J.M. Ham, J.M. Frank, P.L. Barnes, and M.B. Kirkham. 2003. Laboratory evaluation of the dual-probe heat-pulse method for measuring soil water content. Vadose Zone Journal. 2:389-399.
Heitman, J.L., J.M. Basinger, G.J. Kluitenberg, J.M. Ham, J.M. Frank, and P.L. Barnes. 2003. Field evaluation of the dual-probe heat-pulse method for measuring soil water content. Vadose Zone Journal. 2:552-560.
Why This Research is Important
Within the context of climate change, understanding the fundamental interactions of an ecosystem is critical for predicting future forest conditions. The eddy covariance technique provides unique and invaluable information about processes underlying the exchange of energy and mass between the atmosphere and biosphere. For example, our research following a spruce beetle epidemic was instrumental in linking changes in plant physiology, ecosystem water use, and the forest carbon sink.
- Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, B.S. Electrical Engineering 1997
- Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, M.S. Electrical Engineering 1999
- Eddy Covariance Specialist/Electronics Engineer, United Stated Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station - June 1999 to Present
1999 - Current
- Ecological Society of America, Member (2012 - Current)
- American Geophysical Union, Member (2010 - Current)
Awards & Recognition
- World Meterological Organization Nortbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award, 2012
In recognition of the paper entitled 'Climate control of terrestrial carbon exchange across biomes and continents"
- United States Forest Service, 2007
Certificate of Merit
- United States Forest Service, 2004
Certificate of Merit
- United States Forest Service, 2001
Certificate of Merit
Featured Publications & Products
- Kochendorfer, John; Meyers, Tilden P.; Frank, John; Massman, William J.; Heuer, Mark W. 2012. How well can we measure the vertical wind speed Implications for fluxes of energy and mass.
- Frank, John M.; Massman, William J.; Ewers, Brent E. 2013. Underestimates of sensible heat flux due to vertical velocity measurement errors in non-orthogonal sonic anemometers.
- Kochendorfer, John; Meyers, Tilden P.; Frank, John M.; Massman, William J.; Heuer, Mark W. 2013. Reply to comment by Mauder on "How well can we measure the vertical wind speed Implications for fluxes of energy and mass".
- Reed, David E.; Ewers, Brent E.; Pendall, Elise ; Frank, John ; Kelly, Robert . 2018. Bark beetle-induced tree mortality alters stand energy budgets due to water budget changes.
- Chu, Housen ; Baldocchi, Dennis D.; Poindexter, Cristina ; Abraha, Michael ; Desai, Ankur R.; Bohrer, Gil ; Arain, M. Altaf; Griffis, Timothy ; Blanken, Peter D.; O'Halloran, Thomas L.; Thomas, R. Quinn; Zhang, Quan ; Burns, Sean P.; Frank, John M.; Christian, Dold ; Brown, Shannon ; Black, T. Andrew; Gough, Christopher M.; Law, Beverly E.; Lee, Xuhui ; Chen, Jiquan ; Reed, David E.; Massman, William J.; Clark, Kenneth ; Hatfield, Jerry ; Prueger, John ; Bracho, Rosvel ; Baker, John M.; Martin, Timothy A. 2018. Temporal dynamics of aerodynamic canopy height derived from eddy covariance momentum flux data across North American flux networks.
- Frank, John M.; Massman, William J.; Ewers, Brent E. 2016. A Bayesian model to correct underestimated 3-D wind speeds from sonic anemometers increases turbulent components of the surface energy balance.
- Frank, John M.; Massman, William J.; Swiatek, Edward; Zimmerman, Herb A.; Ewers, Brent E. 2016. All sonic anemometers need to correct for transducer and structural shadowing in their velocity measurements.
- Kelleners, Thijs J.; Koonce, Jeremy; Shillito, Rose; Dijkema, Jelle; Berli, Markus; Young, Michael H.; Frank, John M.; Massman, William. 2016. Numerical modeling of coupled water flow and heat transport in soil and snow.
- Chen, Fei; Zhang, Guo; Barlage, Michael; Zhang, Ying; Hicke, Jeffrey A.; Meddens, Arjan; Zhou, Guangsheng; Massman, William J.; Frank, John. 2015. An observational and modeling study of impacts of bark beetle-caused tree mortality on surface energy and hydrological cycles.
- Speckman, Heather N.; Frank, John M.; Bradford, John B.; Miles, Brianna L.; Massman, William J.; Parton, William J.; Ryan, Michael G. 2015. Forest ecosystem respiration estimated from eddy covariance and chamber measurements under high turbulence and substantial tree mortality from bark beetles.
- Frank, John M.; Massman, William J.; Ewers, Brent E.; Huckaby, Laurie S.; Negron, Jose F. 2014. Ecosystem CO2/H2O fluxes are explained by hydraulically limited gas exchange during tree mortality from spruce bark beetles.
- Schlaepfer, Daniel R.; Ewers, Brent E.; Shuman, Bryan N.; Williams, David G.; Frank, John M.; Massman, William J.; Lauenroth, William K. 2014. Terrestrial water fluxes dominated by transpiration: Comment.
- Massman, William J.; Frank, John M.; Mooney, Sacha J. 2010. Advancing investigation and physical modeling of first-order fire effects on soils.
- Yi, Chuixiang; Ricciuto, Daniel; Li, Runze; Wolbeck, John; Xu, Xiyan; Nilsson, Mats; Frank, John; Massman, William J. 2010. Climate control of terrestrial carbon exchange across biomes and continents.
- Massman, W. J.; Frank, J. M.; Reisch, N. B. 2008. Long-term impacts of prescribed burns on soil thermal conductivity and soil heating at a Colorado Rocky Mountain site: a data/model fusion study.
- Esquilin, Aida E. Jimenez; Stromberger, Mary E.; Massman, William J.; Frank, John M.; Shepperd, Wayne D. 2007. Microbial community structure and activity in a Colorado Rocky Mountain forest soil scarred by slash pile burning.
- Massman, W. J.; Frank, J. M. 2006. Advective transport of CO2 in permeable media induced by atmospheric pressure fluctuations: 2. Observational evidence under snowpacks.
- Musselman, R. C.; Massman, W. J.; Frank, J. M.; Korfmacher, J. L. 2005. The temporal dynamics of carbon dioxide under snow in a high elevation Rocky Mountain subalpine forest and meadow.
- Massman, W. J.; Frank, J. M. 2004. Effect of a controlled burn on the thermophysical properties of a dry soil using a new model of soil heat flow and a new high temperature heat flux sensor.
- Massman, W. J.; Frank, J. M.; Shepperd, W. D.; Platten, M. J. 2003. In situ soil temperature and heat flux measurements during controlled surface burns at a southern Colorado forest site.