U-M Professor Knute Nadelhoffer believes that ecologists and evolutionary biologists “have an obligation to effectively and dispassionately convey [the information they have] to people who will realize its value and use it to make good policy.” Since they are privileged to information “that few others have,” they are in a unique position to educate U-M alumni, fellow scientists and politicians about the importance of environmental and ecological sciences.
Nadelhoffer is director of the U-M Biological Station near Pellston and a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Currently he is studying the “old growth” forests on the UMBS grounds to better understand the carbon cycle and its impacts on the earth’s climate.
One of the largest field stations in the country, UMBS comprises 10,000 acres of forests, wetlands, rivers and lakeshore. It provides access to a wide range of habitats across northern Michigan, which enables a diverse, interdisciplinary field research program.