About John

My research has a strong focus on wetland biogeochemistry, and in particular the regulation and transport of carbon in wetlands. I study wetland ecosystems in coastal, low elevation inland, and mountain environments in diverse climates across temperate and tropical regions. Because wetlands around the globe can serve as a large long-term carbon sink, but when perturbed can become sources of greenhouse gases, an improved understanding of wetland processes is critical from both a fundamental and applied perspective. I am particularly interested in understanding the impacts of shifting land use and a changing climate on wetlands, and how we can apply management and restoration strategies to mitigate the negative effects of these stressors within a local and global context.

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  • Wetlands
  • Peatlands
  • Restoration
  • Carbon cycling
  • Plant ecology
  • Ecosystem ecology
  • Bryology


Ph.D., Forest Science - Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI, 2012

M.S., Biological Sciences - Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI, 2009

B.S., Biological Sciences - Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI, 2005

A.A.S., Construction Technology - Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI, 1990

Selected Publications

Mapping peatlands in boreal and tropical ecoregions

  • Bourgeau-Chavez, L.L., Endres, S.L., Graham, J.A., Hribljan, J.A., Chimner, R.A., Lilleskov, E.A., Battaglia, M.J. ,

Selected Articles

Carbon dioxide and methane fluxes in grazed and undisturbed mountain peatlands in the Ecuadorian Andes

Mires and Peat, , 2017

Multi-date, multi-sensor remote sensing reveals high density of carbon-rich mountain peatlands in the páramo of Ecuador

Global Change Biology, , 2017

Implications of altered hydrology for substrate quality and trace gas production in a poor fen peatland

Soil Science Society of America Journal, , 2017

The effect of long-term water table manipulations on dissolved organic carbon dynamics in a poor fen peatland

Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, , 2014

Multi-decadal changes in water table levels alter peatland carbon cycling

Ecosystems, , 2016

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