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Stefan Gerber

Associate Professor
Landscape Biogeochemistry

Program Areas

  • Teaching
    • Earth System Analysis
    • Modeling Land Biogeochemistry
  • Research

    Departmental Research Areas:

    • Global Biogeochemical Cycles
    • Terrestrial Nutrient Dynamics
    • Land Carbon Sequestration
    • Climate Change

    Research focus:
    The research aims to better understand the cycles of carbon nitrogen and other nutrients in land ecosystems using modeling tools. Such understanding is critical since humans interfere with the natural biogeochemical cycles through pollution and fertilizers and land-use directly, or indirectly through anthropogenic climate change. While these stressors threaten the health of terrestrial ecosystems, a central question is how nutrient cycles and climate affect the capacity of terrestrial biosphere to sequester fossil CO2.


  • Select Publications
    • E.N.J. Brookshire, S. Gerber, J.R. Webster, J.M. Vose, W.T. Swank, 2011, Direct effects of temperature and atmospheric deposition on forest nitrogen cycling revealed through analysis of long term watershed records, Global Change Biology, 17, 297-308
    • S. Gerber, L.O. Hedin, M. Oppenheimer, S.W. Pacala, E. Shevliakova, 2010, Nitrogen Cycling and Feedbacks in a Global Dynamic Land Model, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 24, GB1001, doi:10.1029/2008GB003336
    • E.N.J. Brookshire, H.M. Valett, and S. Gerber, 2009, Maintenance of terrestrial nutrient loss signatures during in-stream transport, Ecology, 90, 293-297
    • P. Kohler, F. Joos, S. Gerber, and R. Knutti, 2005, Simulated changes in vegetation distribution, land carbon storage, and atmospheric CO2 in response to a collapse of the North Atlantic thermohaline circulation, Climate Dynamics, 25, 689-708
    • S. Gerber, F. Joos and I.C. Prentice, 2004, Sensitivity of a dynamic global vegetation model to climate and atmospheric CO2, Global Change Biology, 10, 1223-1239
    • F. Joos, S. Gerber, I.C. Prentice, B.L. Otto-Bliesner and P.J. Valdes, 2004. Transient simulations of Holocene atmospheric carbon dioxide and terrestrial carbon since the Last Glacial Maxiumum, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 18, GB2002, doi:10.1029/2003GB002156
    • S. Gerber, F. Joos, P. Brugger, T.F. Stocker, M.E. Mann, S. Sitch, and M.Scholze, 2003, Constraining temperature variations over the last millennium by comparing simulated and observed atmospheric CO2, Climate Dynamics, 20, 281-299
    • F. Joos, I.C. Prentice, S. Sitch, R. Meyer, G. Hooss, G.-K. Plattner, S. Gerber and K. Hasselmann, 2001, Gobal warming feedbacks on terrestrial carbon uptake under IPCC emission scenarios, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 15, 801-907

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Mailing Address:
Soil and Water Sciences Department
2181 McCarty Hall, PO Box 110290
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611

3187 McCarty Hall A 

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