David Rothstein

David Rothstein

Telephone: 517-432-3353

Department of Forestry

Professor, Forest Ecology / Biogeochemistry

109 Natural Resources Building


Ph.D. in Forest Ecology, University of Michigan, 1999
M.S. in  Forest Ecology, University of Michigan, 1995
B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1992

Research Interests

The overall goal of my research program is to develop a mechanistic understanding of processes driving the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients in forested ecosystems.  Specific interests include:

  • Plant-soil feedback effects on N cycling      
  • Soil amino acid cycling and plant amino acid uptake
  • Biological and geochemical controls over dissolved organic matter fluxes.
  • Effects of wildfire and harvesting on carbon and nitrogen cycling in conifer forests.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon dynamics associated with production of woody bioenergy crops.
  • Carbon sequestration in forest ecosystems

Selected Publications

Nikiema, P, Rothstein, D.E., and Miller, R.O. 2012. Initial greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen leaching losses associated with converting pastureland to short-rotation woody bioenergy crops in northern Michigan, USA. Biomass and Bioenergy, 39:413-426

Scott, E.E., and Rothstein, D.E. 2011. Amino acid uptake by temperate tree species characteristic of low- and high-fertility habitats. Oecologia, 167:547-557.

Rothstein, D.E. and Spaulding, S.E. 2010. Replacement of wildfire by whole-tree harvesting in jack pine forests: effects on soil fertility and tree nutrition. Forest Ecology and Management, 260: 1164-1174.

Rothstein, D.E. Effects of amino acid chemistry and soil properties on the behavior of free amino acids in acidic forest soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 42:1743-1750.

Leduc, S.D. and D.E. Rothstein. 2010. Plant-available organic and mineral nitrogen shift in dominance with forest stand age. Ecology, 91: 708-720.

Spaulding, S.E. and D.E. Rothstein. 2009. How well does single-species management emulate the effects of natural disturbance on stand structure in Michigan jack pine forests? Forest Ecology and Management, 258: 2609-2618.

Rothstein, D.E. 2009. Soil amino-acid availability across a temperate-forest fertility gradient. Biogeochemistry, 92:201-215.

Leduc, S.D. and D.E. Rothstein. 2007. Initial recovery of soil carbon and nitrogen pools and dynamics following disturbance in jack pine forests: A comparison of wildfire and clearcut harvesting. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 39: 2865-2876.

Yermakov, Z. and Rothstein DE. 2006. Recovery of soil carbon and nitrogen cycling following wildfire in Michigan jack pine forests. Oecologia, 149: 690-700.

Rothstein, DE, Vitousek, PM, Simmons, B. 2004. An exotic tree alters decomposition and nutrient cycling in a Hawaiian montane tropical forest. Ecosystems, 7 (8): 805 - 814

Rothstein, DE, *Yermakov, Z, *Buell, AL. 2004. Loss and recovery of ecosystem carbon pools following stand-replacing wildfire in Michigan jack pine forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 34:1908-1918.

Rothstein, D.E. 2000. Spring ephemeral herbs and nitrogen cycling in a northern hardwood forest: an experimental test of the vernal dam hypothesis. Oecologia, 124:446-453.

Rothstein, D. E., D. R. Zak, and K. S. Pregitzer. 1996. Nitrate deposition in northern hardwood forests and the nitrogen metabolism of Acer saccharum Marsh. Oecologia, 108: 338-344.


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