Bill Currie Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Natural Resources, 1995, University of New Hampshire M.Sc., Environmental Sciences, 1992, University of Virginia Sc.B., Physics, 1983, Brown University

Bill studies the linkages among carbon, nutrient, and water cycling and energy flows and transformations in terrestrial ecosystems and human-environment systems.  He is interested in using our current understanding of ecosystems to explore creative, new understanding of the two-way interactions in human-environment systems.  He works at scales from field plots to landscapes, collaborating with other researchers and students to integrate understanding and build models for synthesis.  The goal of this research is to contribute to the developing field of sustainability science using an approach that grows out of ecosystem science. 

Bill has a background in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry (nutrient and carbon cycling), energetics, systems dynamics modeling and individual-based / agent-based modeling. He is interested in using our current understanding in these fields to investigate ecosystem change and dynamics in coupled human-environment systems.  For more information see his research web page:

Current/Recent Research:

  • Modeling land use dynamics coupled to landscape C storage in human-dominated residential land in Michigan
  • Modeling the vulnerability of Great Lakes coastal wetlands to eutrophication and invasive plant species
  • Forest decision making, biofuels, elevated N deposition, and forest carbon storage
  • Assessing carbon and energy flows and the food-fiber footprint in a coupled human-environment system:  rural villages in the Indian Himalayas
  • Ecosystem processes in models of human-environment systems

Selected Recent Publications/Presentations:

Currie, William S.  2011.  Units of nature or processes across scales?  The ecosystem concept at age 75.  (Invited Tansley Review.)  New Phytologist 190:21-34. 

Robinson, Derek T., Shipeng Sun, Meghan Hutchins, Rick L. Riolo, Daniel G. Brown, Dawn C. Parker, Tatiana Filatova, William S. Currie, and Sarah Kiger. Effects of land markets and land management on ecosystem function: A framework for modelling exurban land-change. Environmental Modeling and Software, In review.

Seidl, R., W. Rammer, D. Jí¤ger, W. S. Currie and M. J. Lexer. 2007. Assessing trade-offs between carbon sequestration and timber production within a framework of multi-purpose forestry in Austria. Forest Ecology and Management 248:64-69.

Currie, William S.  Interwoven cause and effect in nutrient cycling, plant size, and invasion success in a simulated clonal wetland ecosystem.  Invited seminar given at the Swiss Institute for Snow and Landscape Research, Birmensdorf, Switzerland, June 28, 2011. 

Currie, William S.  Scenario modeling of social-ecological system responses to external economic contact in a Himalayan forest and village.  Poster presentation given at Resilience, Innovation and Sustainability: Navigating the Complexities of Global Change; Second International Science and Policy Conference, March 11-16, 2011, Tempe AZ.