Cool Scientists

Dr. Michael Loranty

Name: Michael Loranty
Organization: Woods Hole Research Center
Cool Science: Environmental Sciences - Global Environmental Change

Who Am I:
I am a postdoctoral scholar at the Woods Hole Resarch Center. I'm interested in understanding the factors that control exchanges of carbon, water, and energy between the biosphere and the atmosphere.

My Cool Research:

I use a combination of field observations, models, and remote sensing to understand how vegetation controls exchanges of mass and energy between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. I am particularly interested in understanding how biophysical processes vary across environmental gradients, and how small-scale variability affects estimates at regional and continental scales in Arctic and sub-Arctic ecosystems. Prior to joining the Center, I was a fellow in the NSF IGERT program in Geographic Information Science at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, where I earned my Ph.D. in Geography.

My Cool Publications: (selected)

Loranty, M.M., S. J. Goetz, E. B. Rastetter, A.V. Rocha, G.R. Shaver, E.R. Humphreys, and P.M.Lafleur. In Press. Scaling an instantaneous model of tundra NEE to the Arctic landscape. Ecosystems.

Loranty, M. M., D. S. Mackay, B. E. Ewers, E. Traver, and E. L. Kruger (2010), Competition for light between individual trees lowers reference canopy stomatal conductance: Results from a model. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences 115, G04019, doi:10.1029/2010JG001377

Mackay, D.S., B.E. Ewers, M.M. Loranty, E.L. Kruger. 2010. On the representativeness of plot size and location for scaling transpiration from trees to a stand. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences., 115, G02016, doi:10.1029/2009JG001092

Loranty, M.M., D.S. Mackay, B.E. Ewers, E. Traver, and E.L. Kruger. 2010. Competition for light contributes to within-species variability in stomatal conductance. Water Resources Research, 46, W05516, doi:10.1029/2009WR008125.

Traver, E., Ewers, B.E., Mackay, D.S., Loranty, M.M., 2010. Tree transpiration varies spatially in response to atmospheric but not edaphic conditions. Functional Ecology, 24, 273-282.

Loranty, M.M., D.S. Mackay, B.E. Ewers, J.D. Adelman, E.L. Kruger. 2008. Environmental drivers of spatial variation in whole-tree transpiration in an aspen-dominated upland-to-wetland forest gradient. Water Resources Research, 44, W02441, doi:10.1029/2007WR006272.