Forest Isbell

Dr. Isbell investigates how global environmental changes alter plant communities and ecosystem processes. This research bridges and extends previous investigations of biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships, biodiversity–stability relationships, nutrient enrichment, land use changes, alternative stable states, and economic valuation of ecosystem services.

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Professional Appointments

2017- Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota
2015- Associate Director of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, University of Minnesota
2014 Haines Family Professor of Aboveground Ecology & Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, Department of Plant Biology, University of Georgia


Professional Preparation

2011-2013 Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, University of Minnesota
2010-2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biology, McGill University
2010 Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Iowa State University
2005 B.S. Biology, University of Northern Iowa, Summa Cum Laude
2005 B.A. Chemistry Teaching, University of Northern Iowa, Summa Cum Laude


Contact Information

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel, Minnesota 55005


Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior

1479 Gortner Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108


Phone: 1-612-301-2601