Faculty Profile: Steven Hamburg, PHD, MFS

Steven Hamburg
Steven Hamburg, PHD, MFS
Adjunct Faculty
Center for Environmental Studies
Work: +1 401-863-1261

Biography

Steven Hamburg is Chief Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. He is an ecosystem ecologist specializing in biogeochemistry and the impacts of disturbance on forest structure and function. From 1994-2010 he was a tenured member of the Brown faculty. He was founding Director of the Global Environment Program at the Watson Institute for International Studies (program disbanded). He has published more than 80 scientific papers related to ecosystem science and serves on numerous national and international science panels, including receiving explicit recognition from the IPCC for his work contributing to the awarding of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University and he currently serves as Co-chair of a Royal Society's Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative, is a member of the USDA FACA advising the Secretary of Agriculture on Research, Extension, Economics and Education. He twice received the EPA's Environmental Merit award.

Institutions

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Grants and Awards

2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC (explicitly acknowledged as one of the awardees)

2002, 2007 – U.S. EPA Environmental Merit Award

1993 – Sixth Annual Seaver Lecturer, University of Kansas

1991-92 – Bullard Fellowship, Harvard University

1990 – Nomination, HOPE award, outstanding educator

1987 – Outstanding Paper (S-7), Soil Science Society

1982-83 – Fulbright Fellowship, Hebrew University (Israeli Government Grant); declined

Affiliations

Ecological Society of America

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Soil Science Society of America

Selected Publications

  • Park, B.B., R.D. Yanai, M. A. Vadeboncoeur and S.P. Hamburg How to estimate root biomass: pits cores, or allometric equations. Soil Science Society of America Journal (in press) (IN PRESS)
  • Bradley, B.A. R.A. Houghton, J.F. Mustard and S.P. Hamburg. Invasive grass reduces carbon stocks in the shrublands of the Western US. Global Change Biology (in press pending acceptance of final revisions) (IN PRESS)
  • Leighty, W.W., S.P. Hamburg, J. Caouette. 2006 Effects of forest management on carbon sequestration in Southeastern Alaska. Ecosystems (in press) (2006)
  • Yanai, R.D., B.B. Park and S.P. Hamburg 2006 The vertical and horizontal distribution of roots in northern hardwood stands of varying age. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 36:450-459. (2006)
  • Elmore, A.J., J.F. Mustard, S.P. Hamburg and S.J. Manning. 2006 Agricultural Legacies in the Great Basin alter vegetation response to precipitation and vegetation composition. Ecosystems (in press) (2006)
  • Yanai, R.D., J.D. Blum, S.P. Hamburg, S.P., M.A. Arthur,. T.G. Siccama, C. Nezat. 2005 New insights into Calcium depletion in Northeastern forests. Journal of Forestry 103:14-20 (2005)
  • Orenstein, D. and S. Hamburg 2005 The JNF's Assault on the Negev The Jerusalem Report (November 28 issue) (2005)
  • Fahey, T.J., T.G. Siccama, C.T. Driscoll, G.E. Likens, J. Campbell, C.E. Johnson, J.J. Battles, J.D. Aber, J.J. Cole, M.C. Fisk, P.M. Groffman, S.P. Hamburg, R.T. Holmes, P.A. Schwarz,, R.D. Yanai 2005 The Biogeochemistry of Carbon at Hubbard Brook. Biogeochemistry 75:109-176 (2005)
  • Rhoads, A.G. S.P. Hamburg, T.J. Fahey, T.G. Siccama and R. Kobe 2004 Comparing direct and indirect methods of assessing canopy structure in a northern hardwood forest Canadian Journal of Forest Research 34:584-591 (2004)
  • Lin, K.C., S.P. Hamburg, S.L. Tang, Y.J. Hsia, T.C. Lin. 2003 Typhoon effects on litterfall in a subtropical forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33:2184-2192 (2003)
  • Hane, E.N., S.P. Hamburg, J. Plaut and A. Barber 2003 Phytotoxicity of American beech Fagus grandifolia leaf leachate to sugar maple Acer saccharum seedlings in a greenhouse experiment. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33:814-821 (2003)
  • Hamburg, S.P., R.D. Yanai, M.A. Arthur, J.D. Blum. T.G. Siccama. 2003 Biotic control of calcium cycling in northern hardwood forests: acid rain and aging forests. Ecosystems 6:399-406 (2003)
  • Lin, T.-C., S.P. Hamburg, Y.-J. Hsia,T.-T. Lin, H.-B. King, L.-J. Wang and K.-C. Lin. 2003 Influences of typhoon disturbance on the understory light of a subtropical rain forest in Northeastern Taiwan. Journal of Forest Research 8: 139-145. (2003)
  • Rhoads, A.G. S.P. Hamburg, T. J. Fahey, T.G,. Siccama, E.N. Hane, J. Battles, C. Cogbill, J. Randall and G Wilson. 2002 Effects of an intense ice storm on the structure of a northern hardwood forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 32:1763-1775. (2002)
  • Hane, E.N. and S.P. Hamburg. 2002 Community dynamics of an Oak-hickory ecotonal Forest in Northeastern Kansas. Great Plains Research 12:275-294 (2002)
  • Kirschbaum, M.U.F., B. Schlamingdinger, M.G.R. Cannell, S.P. Hamburg, T. Karjalainen, W.A. Kurtz, S. Prisley, E.-D. Schulze and T.P. Singh . 2001 A generalized approach of accounting for carbon stock changes under the Kyoto Protocol. Environmental Science and Policy 4:73-85. (2001)
  • Lin, T.-C., S.P. Hamburg, Y.-J. Hsia, H.-B. King, L.-J. Wang and K.-C. Lin. 2001. Base cation leaching from the canopy of a subtropical rainforest in northeastern Taiwan. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 31:1156-1163 (2001)
  • Arthur, M.A., S.P. Hamburg and T.G. Siccama. 2001. The accuracy of allometric estimates of aboveground living biomass and nutrient contents of a northern hardwood forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 31:11-17. (2001)
  • Neilson, C.B., P.M. Groffman, S.P. Hamburg, C.T. Driscoll, T.J. Fahey and J.P. Hardy. 2001 Freezing effects on carbon and nitrogen cycling in soils from a northern hardwood forest, Soil Science Society of America Journal 65:1723-1730 (2001)
  • Lin T-C., Hamburg, S.P., H-B. King, and Y-J Hsia. 2000. Throughfall Patterns in a subtropical rain forest of Northeastern Taiwan. Journal of Environmental Quality. 29:1186-1193. (2000)
  • Hamburg, S.P. 2000. Simple rule for measuring changes in ecosystem carbon in forestry-offset projects. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 5:25-37. (2000)
  • Schlamadinger, B., Karjalainken, T., Hamburg, S. (Among 15 other authors). 2000. Afforestation, reforestation, and deforestation (ARD) Activities IN :Watson, R. T. , Noble, I. R., Bolin, B..,Ravindranath, N.H., Verardo, D.J., Dokken, D.J. eds. Land Use, Land-use Change, and Forestry. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press Pg 127-179. (2000)
  • Muth, N.Z. and S.P. Hamburg. 1998. Purple Loosestrife control policies in Rhode Island. Northeast Naturalist 5:67-74. (1998)
  • Mabry, C.M., S.P. Hamburg, T-C. Lin, F-W. Horng, H-B. King, Y-J. Hsia. 1998. Typhoon disturbance and stand-level damage patterns at a sub-tropical forest in Taiwan. Biotropica 30:238-250. (1998)
  • Hsia, Y-J., King, H-B., Horng, F-W., Lin, T-C., Wang, L-J., Lin, K-C., Lin, T-T., and Hamburg, S.P. 1998. Biogeochemistry and Hydrology of a Moist, Subtropical, Mixed Evergreen Forest: Use of the Small Watershed Technique, IN Toshio Iwakuma ed. Long-term Ecological Research in the East Asia-Pacific Region: Biodiversity and Conservation of Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems. Center for Global Environmental Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan. 220 pp. (1998)
  • Watson, R.T., J.A. Dixon, S.P. Hamburg, A.C. Janetos, R.H. Moss. 1998. Protecting our planet, securing our Future: Linkages among Global Environmental Issues andHuman Needs. United Nations Environmental Programme, US NASA, The World Bank. 95 pp. (1998)
  • King, H-B., Hamburg, S.P. 1998. East Asia-Pacific Regional Long-term Ecological Research Network. IN Toshio Iwakuma ed Long-Term Ecological Research in the East Asia-Pacific Region: Biodiversity and Conservation of Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems. Center for Global Environmental Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan. 220 pp. (1998)
  • Hamburg, S.P. and T.-C. Lin. 1998. Throughfall chemistry of an ecotonal forest on the edge of the Great Plains. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 28:1456-1463. (1998)
  • Utkin A.I., D.G. Zamolodchikov, G.N. Korovin, V.V. Nefedev, T.A. Gulbe, Y. I. Gulbe, S.P. Hamburg. 1997. Determination of stand carbon stock in sample plots: comparison of allometric and conversion-volumetric methods. Lesovedenie (Forest Science) 5:51-66. (In Russian). (1997)
  • Lin, T-C., S.P. Hamburg, H-B King and Y-J Hsia. 1997. Spatial variability of throughfall in a subtropical rain forest in Taiwan. Journal of Environmental Quality. 26:172-180. (1997)
  • Bloomfield, J. and S.P. Hamburg. 1997. Summary of the Report: "Seasons of Change: Global Warming and New England's White Mountain" in New England Regional Climate Change Impacts Workshop: Workshop Summary Report Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space. University of New Hampshire. Durham, NH, USA. pp. 93-96. (1997)
  • Hamburg, S.P., N. Harris, J Jaeger, T.R. Karl, M. McFarland, J.F.B. Mitchell, M. Oppenheimer, B.D. Santer, S. Schneider, K.E. Trenberth, T. M. L. Wigley. 1997. Common Questions about Climate Change. United Nations Environmental Program and World Meteorological Organization. Nairobi, Kenya. 24 pp. (1997)
  • Bloomfield, J. and S.P. Hamburg. 1997. Seasons of Change: Global Warming and New England's White Mountains. Environmental Defense Fund, New York, NY. 33 pp. (1997)
  • King, H-b, S.P. Hamburg, Y-j Hsia, eds. 1997. Long-Term Ecological Research:East Asia-Pacific Region. Taiwan Forestry Research Institute. Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. 125 pp. (1997)
  • Schott, G.W. and S.P. Hamburg. 1997. The Seed rain and seed bank of a native tall-grass prairie/old-field transition. Canadian Journal of Botany 75:1-7. (1997)
  • Hamburg, S.P., D.G. Zamolodchikov, G.N. Korovin, V.V. Nefedjev, A.I. Utkin, J.I. Gulbe and T.A. Gulbe. 1997. Estimating the carbon content of Russian forests; a comparison of phytomass/volume and allometric projections. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. 2:247-265. (1997)
  • Kirschbaum, M.U.F. et al. (including S.P. Hamburg). 1996 Ecophysiological, ecological and soil processes in terrestrial ecosystems: a primer on general concepts and relationships: IN Watson, Zinyowera and Moss eds. Climate Change 1995: Impacts, adaptations and Mitigation of Climate Change: Scientific-Technical Analyses. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. pp 57-74. (1996)
  • Watson, R.T. et al (including S.P. Hamburg). 1996. Technical Summary: Scientific-Technical Analyses of Impacts, Adaptations, and Mitigation: IN Watson, Zinyowera and Moss eds. Climate Change 1995: Impacts, adaptations and Mitigation of Climate Change: Scientific-Technical Analyses. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. pp 19-53. (1996)
  • Watson, R.T. et al (including S.P. Hamburg). 1996. Summary for Policymakers: Scientific-Technical Analyses of Impacts, Adaptations, and Mitigation of Climate Change: IN Watson, Zinyowera and Moss eds. Climate Change 1995: Impacts, adaptations and Mitigation of Climate Change: Scientific-Technical Analyses. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. pp 1-18. (1996)
  • Haimson, L. et al. (including S.P. Hamburg). 1996 A Moment of Truth: Correcting more errors in Gregg Easterbrook's A Moment on the Earth, Part Two. Environmental Defense Fund, New York. 110pp. (1996)
  • Siccama, T. G., S. P. Hamburg, M. A. Arthur, R. D. Yanai, F. H. Bormann, and G. E. Likens, 1994. Corrections to Allometric Equations and Plant Tissue Chemistry for Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Ecology. 75:246-248. (1994)
  • Lin, T.C., H.B. King, Y.J. Hsia, S.P. Hamburg, and C.B. Liou. (1994) An application of multivariate factor analysis to acid deposition data in a forested watershed of northeast Taiwan. Proceedings of the 7Th IUAPPA Regional Conference on Air Pollution and Waste Issues. Taipei, Taiwan, Volume II. pp. 197- 206 (1994)
  • Bormann, B., F. H. Bormann, W. B. Bowden, R. S. Pierce, S. P. Hamburg, D. Wang, M. C. Snyder, R. C. Ingersoll. 1993. Rapid N2 fixation in pine, alder and locust: evidence from a confined ecosystem study. Ecology. 74:583-598. (1993)
  • Knapp, A. K., J. T. Fahnstock, S. P. Hamburg, L. J. Statland, T. R. Seastedt and D.S. Schimel. 1993. Landscape patterns in soil-plant water relations, net photosynthesis and primary production in tallgrass prairie. Ecology. 74:549-560. (1993)
  • Robinson, G. R., R. D. Holt, M. S. Gaines, S. P. Hamburg, M. L. Johnson, H. S. Fitch, E. A. Martinko. 1992. Habitat Fragmentation has different consequences for different organisms. Science. 257:524-526. (1992)
  • Hamburg, S. P. and S. I. Ask. 1992. Environmental Ombudsman at the University of Kansas. In: D. J. Eagan and D. W. Orr eds. The campus and environmental responsibility. New Directions for Higher Education. Jossey-Bass, Inc., San Francisco, Number 77. 133 pp. (1992)
  • Herkelrath, W.N., S.P. Hamburg, and F. Murphy. 1991. Automatic, real-time monitoring of soil moisture in a remote field area with time-domain reflectometry. Water Resources Research 27:857-864. (1991)
  • Huenneke, L.F., S.P. Hamburg, R. T. Koide, H.A. Mooney, and P.M. Vitousek. 1990. Effects of soil resources on plant invasion and community structure in Californian serpentine grassland. Ecology 71:478-486. (1990)
  • Huntington, T.G., D.F. Ryan and S.P. Hamburg. 1988. Estimating soil nitrogen and carbon pools in a northern hardwood forest ecosystem. Soil Science Society of America Journal 52:1162-1167. (1988)
  • Hamburg, S.P. and C.V. Cogbill. 1988. Historical decline of red spruce populations and climatic warming. Nature 331:428-431. (1988)
  • Bormann, F.H., W.B. Bowden, R.S. Pierce, S.P. Hamburg, R.C. Ingersoll, G.E. Likens and G.K. Voigt. 1988. The Hubbard Brook sandbox experiment IN: W.R. Jordon III, M.E. Gilpin and J.D. Aber, eds. Restoration Ecology: a synthetic approach to ecological research. Cambridge University Press 251-256. (1988)
  • Koide, R.T., L.F. Huenneke, S.P. Hamburg and H.A. Mooney. 1988. Effects of applications of fungicide, phosphorus and nitrogen on the structure and productivity of an annual serpentine plant community. Functional Ecology 2: 335-344. (1988)
  • Williams, K., R.J. Hobbs and S.P. Hamburg. 1987. Invasion of an annual grassland in Northern California by Baccharis pilularis ssp. consanguinea. Oecologia 72:461-465. (1987)
  • Hamburg, S.P. and P.S. Homann. 1986. Utilization of growth parameters of eelgrass, Zostera marina, for productivity estimation under laboratory and in situ conditions. Marine Biology 93:299-304. (1986)
  • Hamburg, S.P. and R.L. Sanford, Jr. 1986. Disturbance, Homo sapiens, and ecology. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 67:169-171. (1986)
  • Mooney, H.A., S.P. Hamburg and J.A. Drake. 1986. The invasions of plants and animals into California. IN: H. A. Mooney and J. A. Drake, eds. Ecology of Biological Invasions of North America and Hawaii. Springer-Verlag Ecological Studies 58:250-272. (1986)
  • Strayer, D., D.H. Pletscher, S.P. Hamburg and S.C. Nodvin. 1986. The effects of forest disturbance on land gastropod communities in northern New England. Canadian Journal of Zoology 64:2094-2098. (1986)
  • Thorne, J.F. and S.P. Hamburg. 1985. Nitrification potentials of an old-field chronosequence in Campton, New Hampshire. Ecology 66:1333-1338. (1985)
  • Hamburg, S.P. 1984. Effects of forest growth on soil nitrogen and organic matter pools following release from subsistence agriculture. IN: E.L. Stone ed. Forest Soils and Treatment Impacts, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. pp. 145-158. (1984)