Bruce Hungate

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Bruce Hungate studies the microbial ecology of environmental change from the cell to the planet, and the implications for the future of Earth’s ecosystems. His work addresses the imprint of the diversity of life on the cycling of elements, investigates how ecosystems respond to and shape environmental change, and explores the microbial ecology of the biosphere, from soils to streams to hot springs humans. His research uses field and lab experiments, stable isotope biogeochemistry, analytical chemistry, molecular biology, statistics, data synthesis, meta-analysis, and mathematical modeling. He is Regents' Professor of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, where he directs the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (, and the Colorado Plateau Stable Isotope Laboratory ( 


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