Matthew A Vadeboncoeur

University of New Hampshire
Earth Systems Research Center
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space
8 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Telephone: 603-862-4448


Ph.D. in Earth in Environmental Sciences, University of New Hampshire, 2013.
Sc.B with honors in Environmental Science. Brown University, 2003.

Professional Positions:
  • Research Scientist (2014-). Earth Systems Research Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (2013-14). Earth Systems Research Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
  • Graduate Student, NRESS PhD Program (2007-2013). University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
  • Research Assistant (2003-2007). Brown University, Providence, RI.
  • Full CV (PDF)

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    I have worked on projects examining cycles of C, N, P, Ca, and water across forests of different ages and land-use histories in New England. My dissertation research focused on nutrient limitation and acquisition in temperate forests, and on the role of mycorrhizal fungi in providing access to organic substrates and primary minerals as sources of nutrients. I have worked at the UNH Stable Isotope Lab, and I am also involved in a large collaborative multiple-element fertilization project (MELNHE).

    Distinguished Awards and Memberships:
    NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant; UNH Dissertation Year Fellowship; Switzer Environmental Fellowship; UNH NRESS Graduate Fellowship; National Merit Scholarship

    Selected Publications:

    HBES-related publications only; see also my full publication list

    Vadeboncoeur, MA, Hamburg SP, Yanai RD, Blum JD. 2014. Rates of sustainable forest harvest depend on rotation length and weathering of soil minerals. Forest Ecology and Management 318:194-205. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2014.01.012

    Yanai RD, Vadeboncoeur MA, Hamburg SP, Arthur MA, Fuss CB, Groffman PM, Siccama TG, Driscoll CT. 2013. From missing source to missing sink: Long-term changes in the nitrogen budget of a northern hardwood forest. Environmental Science & Technology, 47: 11440-11448. doi:10.1021/es4025723 [PDF reprint]

    Rastetter EB, Yanai RD, Thomas RQ, Vadeboncoeur MA, Fahey TJ, Fisk MC, Kwiatkowski BL, Hamburg SP. 2013. Recovery from disturbance requires resynchronization of ecosystem nutrient cycles. Ecological Applications 23:621-642. doi:10.1890/12-0751.1 [PDF reprint]

    Robinson TMP, La Pierre KJ, Vadeboncoeur MA, Byrne KM, Colby SE, Thomey ML. Seasonal, not annual precipitation drives community productivity across ecosystems. Oikos, 122:727-738. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20655.x [PDF reprint]

    Hamburg SP, Vadeboncoeur MA, Richardson AD, Bailey AS. Climate change at the ecosystem scale: A 50-year record in New Hampshire. Climatic Change, 116: 457-477. doi:10.1007/s10584-012-0517-2

    Vadeboncoeur MA, Hamburg SP, Blum JD, Pennino MJ, Yanai RD, Johnson CE. 2012. The quantitative soil pit method for measuring belowground carbon and nitrogen stocks. Soil Science Society of America Journal 76: 2241-2255. doi:10.2136/sssaj2012.0111 [PDF postprint]

    Groffman, PM, Rustad LE, Templer PH, Campbell JL, Christenson LM, Lany NK, Socci AM, Vadeboncoeur MA, Schaberg PG, Wilson GW. 2012. Climate change effects are manifest in complex and surprising ways in the northern hardwood forest. Bioscience 62:1056-1066. doi:10.1525/bio.2012.62.12.7 [PDF reprint]

    Levine CR, Yanai RD, Vadeboncoeur MA, Hamburg SP, Melvin A, Goodale CL, Rau BM, Johnson DW. 2012. Assessing the suitability of using rotary coring for sampling in rocky soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 76:1707-1718. doi:10.2136/sssaj2011.0425

    Vadeboncoeur MA, Hamburg SP, Cogbill CV, Sugimura WY. 2012. A comparison of presettlement and modern forest composition along an elevation gradient in central New Hampshire. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 42:190-202. doi:10.1139/x11-169 [PDF postprint]

    Raciti S, Fahey TJ, Hall B, Driscoll CT, Carranti FJ, Foster DR, Gwyther PS, Jenkins JC, Jenkins JP, Hamburg SP, Neill C, Ollinger SV, Peery BW, Quigley EE, Sherman R, Thomas RQ, Vadeboncoeur MA, Weinstein D, Wilson G, Woodbury P, Yandik W. 2012. Local-Scale Carbon Budgets and Mitigation Opportunities for the Northeastern United States. Bioscience, 62:23-38. doi:10.1525/bio.2012.62.1.7 [PDF reprint]

    Fahey TJ, Carranti FJ, Driscoll CT, Foster DR, Gwyther PS, Hall B, Hamburg SP, Jenkins JC, Jenkins JP, Neill C, Ollinger SV, Peery BW, Quigley EE, Raciti S, Sherman R, Thomas RQ, Vadeboncoeur MA, Weinstein D, Wilson G, Woodbury P, Yandik W. 2011. Carbon and Communities: Linking Carbon Science with Public Policy and Resource Management in the Northeastern United States. Hanover, NH: Hubbard Brook Research Foundation. Science Links 1(4). [full report]

    Fatemi FR, Yanai RD, Hamburg SP, Vadeboncoeur MA, Arthur MA, Briggs RD, Levine CR. 2011. Allometric equations for young northern hardwoods: the importance of age-specific equations for estimating aboveground biomass. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 41:881-891. doi:10.1139/X10-248

    Vadeboncoeur MA. 2010. Meta-analysis of Fertilization Experiments Indicates Multiple Limiting Nutrients in Northeastern Deciduous Forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40:1766-1780. doi:10.1139/X10-127 [PDF postprint]

    Wielopolski L,Yanai RD, Levine CR, Mitra S, Vadeboncoeur MA. 2010. Rapid, Non-destructive Carbon Analysis of Forest Soils Using Neutron-induced Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy. Forest Ecology and Management 260:1132-1137. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2010.06.039

    Schaller M, Blum JD, Hamburg SP, Vadeboncoeur MA. 2010. Spatial variability of long-term chemical weathering rates in the White Mountains, New Hampshire, USA. Geoderma 154:294-301. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2009.10.017

    Weeks BC, Hamburg SP, Vadeboncoeur MA. 2009. Ice Storm Effects on the Canopy Structure of a Northern Hardwood Forest after Eight Years. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39:1475-1483. doi:10.1139/X09-076

    Vadeboncoeur MA, Hamburg SP, Yanai RD. 2007. Validation and Refinement of Allometric Equations for Roots of Northern Hardwoods. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37: 1777-1783. doi:10.1139/X07-032 [PDF postprint]

    Skeldon MA, Vadeboncoeur MA, Hamburg SP, Blum JD. 2007. Terrestrial gastropod responses to an ecosystem-level calcium manipulation in a northern hardwood forest. Canadian Journal of Zoology 85:994-1007. doi:10.1139/Z07-084 [PDF postprint]

    Park BB, Yanai RD, Vadeboncoeur MA, Hamburg SP. 2007. Estimating Root Biomass in Rocky Soils using Pits, Cores, and Allometric Equations. Soil Science Society of America Journal 71:206-213. doi:10.2136/sssaj2005.0329 [PDF reprint]

    Co-Authors and Collaborators:
    Steve Hamburg, Ruth Yanai, Mary Arthur, Joel Blum, Elizabeth Hane, Charlie Cogbill, Andrew Richardson, Tim Fahey, Amey Bailey, Mark Green, Heidi Asbjornsen, John Campbell

    Graduate Advisor:
    Erik Hobbie

    Title at Hubbard Brook: