Dr Greg Goldsmith
Member:ECI Ecosystems Research Theme
My research focuses on tropical plant physiological ecology, with a particular interest in understanding how clouds affect plant-water and plant-carbon relations. I am presently collaborating with the Ecosystems Group to understand the effects of clouds on plant community and ecosystem functioning in a series of long-term forest dynamics plots in the eastern Andes of Peru. In this context, we are particularly interested in developing the basis for assessing the effects of projected changes in cloud cover on tropical forests in the future.
In addition to my research, I have a longstanding interest in building, evaluating, and assessing next generation science education tools. The primary project I have been involved with is called Canopy in the Clouds, which is a web-based learning platform for teaching earth and life sciences through immersive media.
Prior to joining the Environmental Change Institute, I completed my doctorate in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley, where I studied plant-cloud interactions in tropical montane cloud forests. I hold a bachelorís degree in biology and environmental studies from Bowdoin College.
For more information, please visit my website.
- Oerter, E., Finstad, K., Schaefer, J., Goldsmith, G.R., Dawson, T. and Amundson, R. (2014) Oxygen Isotope Fractionation Effects in Soil Water via Interaction with Cations (Mg, Ca, K, Na) Adsorbed to Phyllosilicate Clay Minerals. Journal of Hydrology.