James S. Clark, Professor  

James S. Clark

James S. Clark is Nicholas Professor of the Nicholas School of the Environment  and Professor of Statistical Science.

Clark’s research focuses on how global change affects populations, communities, and ecosystems. Current projects explore consequences of climate, CO2, and disturbance on dynamics of forests. His lab is using long-term experiments and monitoring studies to determine disturbance and climate controls on the dynamics of 20th century forests in combination with extensive modeling to forecast ecosystem change. Clark has authored over 150 refereed scientific articles and published four books, including Models for Ecological Data (Princeton, 2007), Models for Ecological Data in R (Princeton, 2007), Hierarchical Models of the Environment (Oxford, 2006), and Sediment Records of Biomass Burning and Global Change (Springer, 1997). Full publication list. Clark received a BS from the North Carolina State University in Entomology (1979), a MS from the University of Massachusetts in Forestry and Wildlife (1984), and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Ecology (1988). Between his MS and PhD, he studied one year at the University of Göttingen under a Fulbright-DAAD fellowship. At Duke University, Clark teaches Biodiversity Science and Applications and Ecological Models & Data. He has served as Director for the Center on Global Change, and Director of Graduate Studies for the University Program in Ecology. He currently serves on the University Program of Ecology Executive Committee and chairs the Nicholas School of the Environment committees on Life Sciences and Distinguished Professorships. Clark is recipient of ESA’s William Skinner Cooper Award, for his research on barrier beach dynamics, and George Mercer Award, for studies of climate change and fire. For excellence in teaching and research, he was one of 15 scientists recognized by President Clinton with the National Science Foundation s five-yr Presidential Faculty Fellow Award. He was named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, on behalf of the Ecological Society of America. He is a Distinguished Alumnus from Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts. In 2005, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Clark has testified before congress on behalf of the Ecological Society of America and the NSF budget. He served on editorial boards for Ecology and Ecological Monographs (1996 -1999), Annual Reviews of Ecology and Systematics (1998 – 2003), Global Change Biology (1994 – 2002), Ecosystems (2003 – 2007), Trends in Ecology and Evolution (2006-), and the Journal for Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics (2010 – ) and on NSF Advisory panels for Ecology (1992 – 1997), Earth System History (1994), LTER (2000), and Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (2009). He chaired ESA’s Mercer Award Committee and was Vice President for Science (1999 – 2004). He was a founding member of the Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.

Education:
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1988
PhD, University of Minnesota
MS, University of Massachusetts
BS, North Carolina State University

Office Location: A221 LSRC, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-8036
Email Address: jimclark@duke.edu
Web Page: http://sites.nicholas.duke.edu/clarklab/

Specialties:
Ecology and Population Biology

Research Categories: Ecology

Research Description: James S. Clark is H.L. Blomquist Professor of the Nicholas School of the Environment, Professor of Biology, and Professor of Statistics and Decision Science. Clark’s research focuses on how global change affects forests. Current projects explore consequences of climate, CO2, and disturbance. His lab is using long-term experiments and monitoring studies to determine disturbance and climate controls on the dynamics of 20th century forests in combination with extensive modeling to forecast ecosystem change. Clark has authored over 120 refereed scientific articles and published four books, including Models for Ecological Data (Princeton, 2007), Models for Ecological Data in R (Princeton, 2007), Hierarchical Models of the Environment (Oxford, 2006), and Sediment Records of Biomass Burning and Global Change (Springer, 1997). Clark received a B.S. from the North Carolina State University in Entomology (1979), a M.S. from the University of Massachusetts in Forestry and Wildlife (1984), and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Ecology (1988). Between his M.S. and Ph.D., he studied one year at the University of Göttingen under a Fulbright-DAAD fellowship. At Duke University, Clark teaches Biodiversity Science and Applications and Ecological Models & Data. He has served as Director for the Center on Global Change, and Director of Graduate Studies for the University Program in Ecology. Clark is recipient of ESA's William Skinner Cooper Award (1988), for his research on barrier beach dynamics, and George Mercer Award (1991), for studies of climate change and fire. For excellence in teaching and research, he was one of 15 scientists recognized by President Clinton with the National Science Foundation’s five-yr Presidential Faculty Fellow Award (1994). In 1998 he was named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, on behalf of the Ecological Society of America. He is the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus from Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts. In 2005, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Clark has testified before congress on behalf of the Ecological Society of America and the NSF budget. He served on editorial boards for Ecology and Ecological Monographs (1996 -1999), Annual Reviews of Ecology and Systematics (1998 - 2003), Global Change Biology (1994 - ), Ecosystems (2003 - ), and Trends in Ecology and Evolution (2006-) and on NSF Advisory panels for Ecology (1992 - 1997), Earth System History (1994), and LTER (2000). He chaired ESA's Mercer Award Committee and was Vice President for Science (1999 - 2004). He served on the Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Schliep, EM; Gelfand, AE; Clark, JS; Zhu, K, Modeling change in forest biomass across the eastern US, Environmental and Ecological Statistics, vol. 23 no. 1 (March, 2016), pp. 23-41 [doi] .
  2. Zhu, K; Woodall, CW; Monteiro, JV; Clark, JS, Prevalence and strength of density-dependent tree recruitment., Ecology, vol. 96 no. 9 (September, 2015), pp. 2319-2327 [doi]  [abs].
  3. Schliep, EM; Gelfand, AE; Clark, JS, Stochastic Modeling for Velocity of Climate Change, Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics, vol. 20 no. 3 (September, 2015), pp. 323-342 [doi] .
  4. Bell, DM; Ward, EJ; Oishi, AC; Oren, R; Flikkema, PG; Clark, JS, A state-space modeling approach to estimating canopy conductance and associated uncertainties from sap flux density data., Tree Physiology, vol. 35 no. 7 (July, 2015), pp. 792-802 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Clark, JS; Salk, C; Melillo, J; Mohan, J, Tree phenology responses to winter chilling, spring warming, at north and south range limits, edited by Anten, N, Functional Ecology, vol. 28 no. 6 (December, 2014), pp. 1344-1355 [doi] .