Dr. James W Raich

Jim Raich

Jim earned a B.S. in Botany with high honors from Michigan State University in 1977. Seeking more tropical climes, he moved to the University of Florida in Gainesville to work with Jack Ewel, and pursued research in Costa Rica. He 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. Working with Norm Christensen, he earned a 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 polished and parameterized the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (TEM) for global change studies. The tropics once again called, and Jim moved to the Big Island of Hawaii to study vegetation and ecosystem development on windward Mauna Loa, with Peter Vitousek. 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, where he spent a year with the Kerala Forest Research Institute. He later spent two years as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, working to support ecosystem scientists and environmental biology. Dr. Raich currently is a Professor of Ecosystem Ecology at Iowa State University.

Area of Expertise: 
Ecosystem Ecology; Biogeochemistry; Global Change Biology; Environmental Science; Forestry
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