B A R K E R   L A B

Dr. Joel D. Barker 
Assistant Professor
School of Earth Sciences
The Ohio State University at Marion
Marion, OH
43302, U.S.A

Research Scientist 
Byrd Polar Research Center
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
43210, U.S.A.

Research at the Barker Lab focuses on understanding biogeochemical processes in alpine and polar ecosystems.  High altitude and latitude environments are experiencing, and are projected to continue to experience, the most profound rates of climate warming on Earth. 

Biogeochemical investigations examine the diverse interactions between biological and geological ecosystem components.  Our current research activities examine how sensitive alpine and polar ecosystems respond to physical, climatic, and hydrologic changes on time scales ranging from days to millions of years.  Three main research themes have evolved from this overall theme.  Please click on the links below to read a description of each project or to see some photos:

Biogeochemical Transformations of Organic Matter in Glacier Systems

Net Ecosystem Exchange of Carbon Dioxide in High Latitude Tundra

The Role of Ancient Organic Matter in Contemporary Ecosystem Processes

The Lab