Adam von Haden

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Address:

University of Wisconsin, Madison
3120 Wisconsin Energy Institute
1552 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53726

email:
avonhaden@wisc.edu

Current Projects

I am currently pursuing a PhD in Environment and Resources through the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and working as part of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. My current research focuses on understanding plant and soil carbon dynamics in model bioenergy systems. Specifically, I am using several methods to partition plant-based autotrophic soil respiration from microbe-based heterotrophic soil respiration in order to better constrain ecosystem carbon balances. Additionally, I am using a soil density fractionation scheme to track changes in soil carbon pools after the first five years of biofuel crop establishment. My research seeks to improve our understanding of the plant-soil carbon continuum in bioenergy systems as well as to inform ecological modeling efforts. Read more on my website.

Research and Professional Interests

I was born and raised in Green Bay, WI and received a BS in Environmental Science and a MS in Environmental Science & Policy from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. My research has primarily focused on belowground ecology and carbon dynamics in grasslands. As an undergraduate, I worked on project that investigated root production rates at varying levels of plant functional group diversity in a Texas tallgrass prairie. During my MS career, I worked as a research assistant on an interdisciplinary Wisconsin Focus on Energy study that examined the ecological and economic effects of future bioenergy grassland establishment in Northeast Wisconsin. Stemming from the Wisconsin Focus on Energy study, my thesis research involved simultaneously measuring root biomass, production, and decomposition rates throughout soil profiles of a tallgrass prairie and then modeling those root dynamics using environmental variables. Most recently, I’ve worked as a research analyst and associate lecturer at UW-Green Bay, where I helped establish field-scale bioenergy research plots and taught labs in soil science and biology.

Education

  • M.S. Environmental Science & Policy, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, 2012
  • B.S. Environmental Science, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, 2009

Manuscripts

von Haden, A.C. and M.E. Dornbush. 2017. Depth-distributions of belowground production, biomass, and decomposition in restored tallgrass prairie. Pedosphere (Accepted).

von Haden, A.C. and M.E. Dornbush. 2016. Ecosystem carbon pools, fluxes, and balances within mature tallgrass prairie restorations. Restoration Ecology. doi:10.1111/rec.12461.

von Haden, A.C. and M.E. Dornbush. 2016. Prairies thrive where row crops drown: A comparison of yields in upland and lowland topographies in the Upper Midwest US. Agronomy 6, 32. doi:10.3390/agronomy6020032

von Haden, A.C. and M.E. Dornbush. 2014. Patterns of root decomposition in response to soil moisture best explain high soil organic carbon heterogeneity within a mesic, restored prairie. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 185: 188-196. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2013.12.027

Presentations and Lectures

von Haden, A.C. and M.E. Dornbush. 2011. Above- and below-ground partitioning in tallgrass prairie along a landscape-scale soil moisture continuum: implications for carbon sequestration. Ecological Society of America meeting. Oral presentation.

Abstracts and Posters

von Haden, A.C., E. Marín-Spiotta, Randall D. Jackson, and C.J. Kucharik. 2016. Diurnal patterns of heterotrophic and autotrophic soil respiration in maize and switchgrass bioenergy cropping systems. American Geophysical Union meeting. Poster presentation.

von Haden, A.C., E. Marín-Spiotta, and C.J. Kucharik. 2015. Short-term stability of soil organic carbon in biofuel cropping systems established on contrasting soil textures. Soil Science Society of America meeting & Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center meeting. Poster presentations (2).

von Haden, A.C., E. Marín-Spiotta, and C.J. Kucharik. 2014. Partitioning of heterotrophic soil respiration in corn and switchgrass to evaluate in situ soil organic matter decomposition dynamics. American Geophysical Union meeting & Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center meeting. Poster presentations (2).

von Haden, A.C., E. Marín-Spiotta, and C.J. Kucharik. 2014. Soil carbon dynamics in model temperate bioenergy systems. Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center meeting. Poster presentation.

von Haden, A.C. and M.E. Dornbush. 2011. Above- and below-ground partitioning in tallgrass prairie along a landscape-scale soil moisture continuum: implications for carbon sequestration. Ecological Society of America meeting. Oral presentation.

von Haden, A.C. and M.E. Dornbush. 2011. Biomass partitioning in tallgrass prairie along a soil moisture continuum. UW – Green Bay Academic excellence symposium. Poster presentation.

Honors, Grants and Fellowships

  • 2012 Outstanding Thesis Award, UW – Green Bay Alumni Association, 2013
  • Academic Excellence Award, UW – Green Bay, 2011
  • Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Graduate Research Assistantship in Environmental Science and Policy, UW – Green Bay, 2011