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Matt Ross, PhD.


Assistant Professor Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-2074   Office: NESB B258

Email:   Lab:


Fields of Expertise

1.) Ecosystem Dynamics
2.) Water Quality

Areas of Interest

 Using geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology to understand how humans alter ecosystems


Matt is an ecosystem scientist interested in how people control and change the environment and how altered landscapes impact the streams and rivers that drain them. To explore how people reshape landscapes and create novel controls of ecosystem processes, he uses a range of approaches from remote sensing to intensive field sampling. Current projects include: remote sensing of water quality at a national scale, using fish otoliths as way to look back in time at water quality changes in lakes and rivers, and ongoing work looking at the long water quality legacies of mining operations. This work aims to enhance our understanding of ecosystem change for scientists and society alike.