Rich Norby named Fellow in the AGU

Last updated: 3 Aug, 2017

Dr Rich Norby, New Phytologist Environment Section Editor and Trustee of the New Phytologist Trust, has been named a 2017 Fellow in the American Geophysical Union.


Since 1981, Rich's career has focused on the responses of organisms and ecosystems to elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) and associated environmental variables. He fostered the transition of the discipline from short-term laboratory to multi-year studies at larger scales. This has allowed the science community to understand organism and ecosystem responses to elevated CO2, reflecting important biogeochemical cycling interactions and long-term adjustments through time. Rich’s work has transformed understanding of the responses of vegetation to elevated CO2 through the addition of mechanisms responsible for gross primary production, carbon allocation, mineral cycling, root-mycorrhizal-microbial interactions, and water limitation.


Image: Rich Norby and colleagues conducting fieldwork in the tropics
Rich Norby and colleagues conducting fieldwork in the tropics


Rich is currently working with the international science community to establish a new elevated CO2 study in the wet tropical rain forests of Brazil that should provide critical insights on this globally important ecosystem. In addition, he is the task lead for Nutrient Constraints as part of the DOE-funded NGEE-Tropics project.


As a member of the board of the New Phytologist Trust, Rich has stimulated the establishment of workshops and symposia on wide-ranging subjects including biogeochemical cycling, climate change impacts, and global terrestrial modelling, to a broader plant sciences community.


Image: Rich Norby
Rich Norby


AGU Fellows are recognised for their scientific eminence in the Earth and space sciences. Their breadth of interests and the scope of their contributions are remarkable and often groundbreaking. They have expanded our understanding of the Earth and space sciences, from volcanic processes, solar cycles, and deep-sea microbiology to the variability of our climate and so much more. Only 0.1% of the AGU membership receives this recognition in any given year.


Read the profile on Rich Norby, recently published in New Phytologist.




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