Peter Groffman CV



Peter M. Groffman


Peter M. Groffman is a Professor at the City University of New York Advanced Science Research Center and Brooklyn College Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.  He has research interests in ecosystem, soil, landscape and microbial ecology, with a focus on carbon and nitrogen dynamics. Groffman is chair of the Science Council of the U.S. National Science Foundation funded Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network and a participant in LTER projects in Baltimore (urban) and New Hampshire (northern hardwood forests).  Specific recent research efforts include studies of nitrogen dynamics in urban watersheds, lawns, riparian zones and forests, winter climate change effects on nutrient cycling in forests, calcium/nitrogen/carbon interactions in forests, and the effects of exotic earthworm invasion on soil nitrogen and carbon cycling. Groffman was a Convening Lead Author for the 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment Chapter on Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and a lead author for the Second (Wetlands) and Third (North America) Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Program on Climate Change (IPCC).   


B.A. Environmental Science, University of Virginia, 1980.

Ph.D. Ecology, University of Georgia, 1984.



Professor CUNY Advanced Science Research Center and Brooklyn College Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Senior Research Fellow, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


Fields and Interests

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Selected Publications (in recent five years)

Groffman, P.M., C.T. Driscoll, J. Durán, J.L. Campbell, L.M. Christenson, T.J. Fahey, M.C. Fisk, C. Fuss, G.E. Likens, G. Lovett, L. Rustad and P.H. Templer. 2018. Nitrogen oligotrophication in northern hardwood forests. Biogeochemistry In press.

Reisinger, A. J., E. Woytowitz, E. Majcher, E. J. Rosi, K. T. Belt, J. M. Duncan, S. S. Kaushal, and P. M. Groffman. 2018. Changes in long-term water quality of Baltimore streams are associated with both gray and green-infrastructure. Limnology and Oceanography. In press.

Groffman, P. M., M. L. Cadenasso, J. Cavender-Bares, D. L. Childers, N. B. Grimm, J. M. Grove, S. E. Hobbie, L. R. Hutyra, D. G. Jenerette, T. McPhearson, D. E. Pataki, S. T. A. Pickett, R. V. Pouyat, E. J. Rosi-Marshall, and B. L. Ruddell. 2017. Moving towards a new Urban Systems Science. Ecosystems 20:38-43.

Groffman, P. M., M. Avolio, J. Cavender-Bares, N. D. Bettez, J. M. Grove, S. Hall, S. E. Hobbie, K. L. Larson, S. B. Lerman, D. H. Locke, J. B. Heffernan, J. L. Morse, C. Neill, K. C. Nelson, J. O'Neil-Dunne, D. E. Pataki, C. Polsky, R. Roy Chowdhury, and T. L. E. Trammel. 2017. Ecological homogenization of residential macrosystems. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1:article 0191, DOI:10.1038/s41559-017-0191

Groffman, P. M., P. Kareiva, S. L. Carter, N. B. Grimm, J. J. Lawler, M. C. Mack, V. Matzek, and H. Tallis. 2013. Ch. 8: Ecosystems, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services. In J. M. Melillo, Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and G. W. Yohe, editors. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program,



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