Manuel Lerdau is Professor of Ecology and Evolution and Professor by Courtesy of Atmospheric Science. He studies the flux of matter and energy between ecosystems and the atmosphere and the dynamics of element cycling in ecosystems. He works in both temperate and tropical systems and with his colleagues has demonstrated the role of plants in regulating the chemistry of the lower atmosphere and the impacts of invasive species on soil fertility. In 1995 he was named a NASA Earth System Investigator and in 2002 he was appointed the Hrdy Visiting Professor of Conservation by Harvard University.
Specific areas of expertise: Global climate change; air pollution impacts, biological invasions; tropical deforestation.