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Ivan FernandezDr. Ivan Fernandez

Research Area: Forest Soils, Biogeochemistry, Climate Change


Phone: 207-581-2932

Office: 1 Deering Hall

WEB: Climate Change Institute | School of Forest Resources | The Maine State Soil

Bio: Dr. Fernandez received his B.A. degree from Hartwick College in 1975.  He received a M.S. (1978) and Ph.D. (1981) in Soil Science from the University of Maine.  He joined the faculty in 1983.  He is currently a Professor of Soil Science. (resume pdf)

Teaching:  PSE140 Soil Science; PSE141 Soil Science Lab

Current Research:  The Forest Soils program focuses on nutrient and metal cycling in forested ecosystems, with a focus on soil processes. Research is largely associated with critical environmental issues such as climate change, carbon in forest ecosystems, acid deposition, sludge and ash land spreading, and the effects of forest harvesting on the biogeochemistry of forests. Research activities include field research on regional, watershed, and plot scales, as well as greenhouse and laboratory studies. This research is carried out through the efforts of post-doctoral scientists, technicians, graduate students, and undergraduate student workers. We are also greatly interested in climate change effects, adaptation, and opportunity.  Funding for research is derived through the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Maine, with most of the fiscal support through grants from the National Science Foundation, USDA Forest Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the forest products industry. Graduate students are highly integrated into this research and typically develop their own research problem that complements the existing program. Assistantship support is from departmental assistantships or from extramural funding.

Recent Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Dail, David Bryan, David Y. Hollinger, Eric A. Davidson, Ivan J. Fernandez, Herman C. Sievering, Neal A. Scott, and Elizabeth Gaige. 2009. Distribution of nitrogen-15 tracers applied to the canopy of a mature spruce-hemlock stand, Howland, Maine, USA. Oecologia 160:589-599.

Bethers, Suzanne, Michael E. Day, G. Bruce Wiersma, Ivan J. Fernandez and J. Alexander Elvir. 2009. Effects of chronically elevated nitrogen and sulfur deposition on sugar maple saplings: nutrition, growth and physiology. For. Ecol. Manag. 258:895-902.

Nelson, S.J., I.J. Fernandez, and J.S. Kahl. 2009. Mercury concentration and deposition I snow in eastern temperate North America. Hydrolog. Proc. (in review).

SanClements, Michael D., Ivan J. Fernandez, and Stephen A. Norton. 2009. Mechanisms defining spatial patterns in P fractions in a forest lake watershed at Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. For. Ecol. Manag. 258:2318-2325.

Banaitis, Michael R., Ivan J. Fernandez, Cullen Wilson, Stephen A. Norton, and D. Bryan Dail. 2009. Biogeochemical response of a northern forest ecosystem to biosolids amendments. J. Environ. Qual. 38:792-803.

Evans, Chris D., Christine L. Goodale, Simon J.M. Caporn, Nancy B. Dise, Bridget A. Emmett, Ivan J. Fernandez, Chris D. Field, Stuart E.G. Findlay, Gary M. Lovett, Henning Meesenburg, Filip Moldan, and Lucy J. Sheppard. 2009. Does elevated nitrogen deposition or ecosystem recovery from acidification drive increased dissolved organic carbon loss from upland soil? A review of evidence from field nitrogen addition experiments. Biogeochem. 91:13–35.

Navratil, Tom, Jan Rohovec, Aria Amirbahman, Stephen A. Norton, and Ivan J. Fernandez. 2009. Amorphous aluminum hydroxide control on sulfate and phosphate in sediment-solution systems. Water Air Soil Pollut 210:87-98.

Campbell, John L., Lindsey E. Rustad, Elizabeth W. Boyer, Sheila F. Christopher, Charles T. Driscoll, Ivan J. Fernandez, Peter M. Groffman, Daniel Houle, Jana Kiekbusch, Alison H. Magill, Myron H. Mitchell, and Scott V. Ollinger. 2008. Consequences of climate change for biogeochemical cycling in forests of northeastern North America. Can J For Res 39:264-284.

Dale, Virginia H., Gregory R. Biddinger, Michael C. Newman, James T. Oris, Glenn W. Suter, Timothy Thompson, Thomas M. Armitage, Judith L. Meyer, Richelle M. Allen-King, G. Allen Burton, Peter M. Chapman, Loveday L. Conquest, Ivan J. Fernandez, Wayne G. Landis, Lawrence L. Master, William J. Mitsch, Thomas C. Mueller, Charles F. Rabeni, Amanda D. Rodewald, James G. Sanders, and Ivor L. van Heerden. 2008. Enhancing the ecological risk assessment process. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 4:306-313.

Hunt, James F., Tsutomu Ohno, and Ivan J. Fernandez. 2008. Influence of foliar phosphorus and nitrogen content on chemical properties of water extractable organic matter derived from fresh and decomposed sugar maple leaves. Soil Biol. Biochem. 40:1931–1939.

Nelson, Sarah J., Kenneth B. Johnson, Kathleen C. Weathers, Cynthia S. Loftin, Ivan J. Fernandez, Jeffrey S. Kahl, and David P. Krabbenhoft. 2008. A comparison of winter mercury accumulation at forested and no-canopy sites measured with different snow sampling techniques. Applied Geochemistry 23:384-398.

McNeil, Brenden, Jane Read, Tim Sullivan, Ivan Fernandez, and Charles Driscoll. 2008. The spatial pattern of nitrogen cycling in the Adirondack Park, New York. Ecol. Applic. 18:438-452.

Catherine H. Rosfjord, Katherine E. Webster, Jeffrey S. Kahl, Stephen A. Norton, Ivan J. Fernandez, and Alan T. Herlihy. 2007. Anthropogenically driven changes in chloride complicate interpretation of base cation trends in lakes recovering from acidic deposition. Environ. Sci. Technol. 41 (22), 7688 -7693.

Ohno, Tsutomu, Ivan J. Fernandez, Syuntaro Hiradate, and Jessica F. Sherman. 2007. Effects of soil acidification and forest type on water soluble soil organic matter properties. Geoderma 140:176-187.

Gaige, E., D. B. Dail, D.Y. Hollinger, E.A. Davidson, I.J. Fernandez, H. Sievering, A. White, and W. Halteman. 2007. Changes in canopy processes following whole-forest canopy nitrogen fertilization of a mature spruce-hemlock forest. Ecosystems 10:1133-11247.

McGee, Chandra J., Ivan J. Fernandez, Stephen A. Norton, and Constance S. Stubbs. 2007. Cd, Ni, Pb, and Zn concentrations in forest vegetation and soils in Maine. Water Air Soil Pollut. 180:141-153.

Kahl J. S., S. J. Nelson, I. Fernandez, T. Haines, S. Norton, G. B. Wiersma, G. Jacobson Jr., A. Amirbahman, K. Johnson, M. Schauffler, L. Rustad, K. Tonnessen, R. Lent, M. Bank, J. Elvir, J. Eckhoff, H. Caron, P. Ruck, J. Parker, J. Campbell, D. Manski, R. Breen, K. Sheehan and A. Grygo. 2007. Watershed nitrogen and mercury geochemical fluxes integrate landscape factors in long-term research watersheds at Acadia National Park, Maine, Environ. Monitor. Assess. 126:9-25.

Nelson, S. J., K. B. Johnson, J. S. Kahl, T. A. Haines, and I. J. Fernandez. 2007. Mass balances of mercury and nitrogen in burned and unburned forested watersheds at Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. Environ. Monitor. Assess. 126:69-80.

Sherman, Jessica, Ivan J. Fernandez, Stephen A. Norton, Tsutomu Ohno, and Lindsey E. Rustad. 2006. Soil aluminum, iron, and phosphorus dynamics in response to long-term experimental nitrogen and sulfur additions at the Bear Brook Watershed in Maine, USA. Environ. Monitor. Assess. 121: 421-429.

Norton, S. A., Fernandez, I., Amirbahman, A., Coolidge, K., and Navratil, T., 2006, Aluminum, phosphorus, and oligotrophy – Assembling the pieces of the puzzle: Proc. Soc. Intern. Limnol. 29, 1877-1886.

Elvir, J.A., G.B. Wiersma, M.E. Day, M.S. Greenwood, and I.J. Fernandez. 2006. Effects of enhanced nitrogen deposition on foliar chemistry and physiological processes of forest trees at the Bear Brook Watershed in Maine. For. Ecol. Manag. 221:207-214.

Wallenstein, Matthew D., Steven McNulty, Ivan J. Fernandez, Johnny Boggs, and William H. Schlesinger. 2005. Nitrogen fertilization decreases forest soil fungal and bacterial biomass in three long-term experiments. For. Ecol. Manag. 222:459-468.

Sullivan, T.J., I.J. Fernandez, T.C. McDonnell, N.A. Nowicki, A.T. Herlihy, K.U. Snyder, and J.W. Sutherland. 2006. Acid-base characteristics of soils in the Adirondack Mountains, New York. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 70: 141-152.
Szillery, Johanna E., Ivan J. Fernandez, Stephen A. Norton, Lindsey E. Rustad, and Alan S. White. 2006. Using ion-exchange resins to study soil response to experimental watershed acidification. Environ. Monitor. Assess. 116: 383-398.

Sheehan, Katherine D., Ivan J. Fernandez, J. Stephen Kahl, and Aria Amirbahman. 2006. Litterfall mercury in two forested watersheds at Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. Water Air Soil Pollut. 170:249-265.

Elvir, J.A., L. Rustad, I. Fernandez, and G.B. Wiersma. 2005. Eleven year response of foliar chemistry to chronic nitrogen and sulfur additions at the Bear Brook Watershed in Maine. Canadian J. For. Res. 35:1402-1410.

Evans, Gordon C., Stephen A. Norton, Ivan J. Fernandez, Jeffrey s. Kahl, and Dennis Hanson. 2005. Changes in concentrations of major and trace metals in northeastern U.S.-Canadian sub-alpine forest floors. Water Air Soil Pollut. 163: 245-267.

Watmough, S.A. Aherne, J., Alewell, C., Arp, P., Bailey, S., Clair, T., Dillon, P., Duchesne, L., Eimers, C., Fernandez, I., Foster, N., Larssen, T., Miller, E., Mitchell, M. and S. Page. 2004. Sulphate, nitrogen and base cation budgets at 21 forested catchments in Canada, the United States and Europe. Environ. Monitor. Assess. 109:1-36.

Lawler, Joshua J., Jonathan Rubin, Bernard J. Cosby, Ivan J. Fernandez, Jeffrey S. Kahl, and Stephen A. Norton. 2005. Predicting recovery from acidic deposition: Applying a modified TAF (Tracking Analysis Framework) model to Maine (USA) High Elevation Lakes. Water Air Soil Pollut. 164: 383-399.

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