Dr. James W Raich


Jim did his undergraduate work at Michigan State University and graduated with a B.S. in Botany, with high honors, in 1977. He then sought more tropical climes and moved to the University of Florida Gainesville. He obtained support from the Organization for Tropical Studies to pursue research in Costa Rica, and graduated with a M.S. in Plant Ecology in 1980. Jim worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in southern Florida before continuing his education at Duke University. There he earned a Fulbright Research Scholarship to study tropical forest ecology, in collaboration with Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang. He earned his Ph.D. in Forest Ecology and Silviculture from Duke in 1987. He then joined the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where he improved and parameterized the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (TEM), for global change studies. The tropics and field research kept calling, however, and Jim moved to the Big Island of Hawaii to study vegetation and ecosystem development on windward Mauna Loa, with Peter Vitousek at Stanford. Jim accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Botany at Iowa State University in 1992. In 1996 he was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship to study forest Ecology in the Western Ghats of southern India, and spent a year with the Forest Research Institute of Kerala. He spent 2006-2008 as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, working in support of ecosystem science and scientists. Jim currently is a Professor of Ecosystem Ecology at Iowa State University.

Area of Expertise: 
Ecosystem Ecology; Biogeochemistry; Global Change Biology; Environmental Science; Tree Biology
B.S., Botany, Michigan State University, 1977
M.S., Plant Ecology, University of Florida, 1980
Ph.D., Forest Ecology and Silviculture, Duke University, 1987
The Ecosystem Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, 1987-1990
Stanford University, 1990-1992