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Welcome to the Abbott Lab of Ecosystem Ecology

We research how human activity affects the water and nutrient cycles that sustain all life on Earth. Our current projects investigate water chemistry in river networks undergoing permafrost degradation in Alaska, nutrient pollution in agricultural and urban landscapes around the world, and interactions among people, wildfire, and water quality in the Utah Lake watershed. We also use expert assessment methods to explore how sub-sea permafrost, air pollution, wildfire, and water security respond to environmental changes.

We are always looking for creative and motivated students to help address these important environmental and societal issues. Send an email to Ben (details below) if you are interested in joining the team!


  1. Our department is hiring a tenure-track assistant professor in rangeland ecology or a related field. Apply on YJobs by July 13th for a start date in summer of 2021.Full position details here.
  2. We are recruiting a PhD student or postdoc to work on our Arctic RIOS project, which investigates the consequences of permafrost degradation in Alaska. Position details here.
  3. Our report on the health impacts and economic costs of air pollution in Utah is now out. Visit the air pollution page. or click here for the PDF.

Ben Abbott
Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Ecology
Brigham Young University
Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences

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After a mega fire: how waterways are impacted by wildfires