Sharon Alene Billings


Sharon Billings
  • Professor, Associate Chair for Graduate Program
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Kansas Biological Survey

Contact Info

Office Phone:
Department Phone:
Higuchi Hall, room #154
University of Kansas
2101 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66047

Biography

Dr. Sharon Billings' research characterizes the features governing nitrogen, carbon and water fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems, and how these dynamics are influenced by environmental change.

Research

Our research investigates how forest and grassland biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nutrients, and water is influenced by climate, vegetation, nutrient availability, and natural and anthropogenic disturbance regimes. We explore scales ranging from microorganisms to the whole ecosystem. As such, we invoke tools from a wide range of disciplines, including ecosystem ecology, ecophysiology, microbial ecology and soil science. We quantify pools and fluxes of carbon and nutrients in soils and vegetation to assess how ecosystems respond to environmental conditions, often using stable isotopic signatures in biomass, soil organic matter, and multiple greenhouse gases to infer driving mechanisms.

Research interests:

  • ecosystem ecology
  • climate change
  • soil organic matter
  • microbial ecology
  • biogeochemistry
  • stable isotope ecology