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Scientific Publications

2020


Barbe, Lou, Cendrine Mony, and Benjamin W. Abbott. “Artificial Intelligence Accidentally Learned Ecology through Video Games.” Trends in Ecology & Evolution, May 2020, S0169534720301105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2020.04.006 .

Abbott, Benjamin W, Mitchell Greenhalgh, S Isaac St Clair, and Jonas Bush. “Making Sense of the Research on COVID-19 and Masks.” Provo, Utah, USA: Brigham Young University, 2020. https://pws.byu.edu/covid-19-and-masks .

Errigo, Isabella M, Benjamin W Abbott, Daniel L Mendoza, Robert A Chaney, Andrew Freeman, Jeff Glenn, Peter D Howe, et al. “Human Health and Economic Costs of Air Pollution in Utah,” 2020.

Shogren, Arial J., Jay P. Zarnetske, Benjamin W. Abbott, Frances Iannucci, and William Breck Bowden. “We Cannot Shrug off the Shoulder Seasons: Addressing Knowledge and Data Gaps in an Arctic Headwater.” Environmental Research Letters, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab9d3c .

Tank, Suzanne E., Jorien E. Vonk, Michelle A. Walvoord, James W. McClelland, Isabelle Laurion, and Benjamin W. Abbott. “Landscape Matters: Predicting the Biogeochemical Effects of Permafrost Thaw on Aquatic Networks with a State Factor Approach.” Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1002/ppp.2057 .

Voigt, Carolina, Maija E. Marushchak, Benjamin W. Abbott, Christina Biasi, Bo Elberling, Steven D. Siciliano, Oliver Sonnentag, Katherine J. Stewart, Yuanhe Yang, and Pertti J. Martikainen. “Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Permafrost-Affected Soils.” Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, July 7, 2020, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43017-020-0063-9 .

Bochet, Olivier, Lorine Bethencourt, Alexis Dufresne, Julien Farasin, Mathieu Pédrot, Thierry Labasque, Eliot Chatton, et al. “Iron-Oxidizer Hotspots Formed by Intermittent Oxic–Anoxic Fluid Mixing in Fractured Rocks.” Nature Geoscience, January 6, 2020, 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-019-0509-1 .

Errigo, Isabella M, Benjamin W Abbott, Daniel L Mendoza, Robert A Chaney, Andrew Freeman, Jeff Glenn, Peter D Howe, et al. “Human Health and Economic Costs of Air Pollution in Utah,” 2020. https://pws.byu.edu/ben-abbott-lab/human-health-and-economic-costs-of-air-pollution-in-utah .

Frei, Rebecca J., Benjamin W. Abbott, Remi Dupas, Sen Gu, Gerard Gruau, Zahra Thomas, Tamara Kolbe, et al. “Predicting Nutrient Incontinence in the Anthropocene at Watershed Scales.” Frontiers in Environmental Science 7 (January 14, 2020). https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2019.00200 .

Li, Fei, Yunfeng Peng, Leiyi Chen, Guibiao Yang, Benjamin W. Abbott, Dianye Zhang, Kai Fang, et al. “Warming Alters Surface Soil Organic Matter Composition despite Unchanged Carbon Stocks in a Tibetan Permafrost Ecosystem.” Functional Ecology 34, no. 4 (2020): 911–22. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13489 .

Turetsky, Merritt R., Benjamin W. Abbott, Miriam C. Jones, Katey Walter Anthony, David Olefeldt, Edward A. G. Schuur, Guido Grosse, et al. “Carbon Release through Abrupt Permafrost Thaw.” Nature Geoscience 13, no. 2 (February 2020): 138–43. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-019-0526-0 .

Wen, Hang, Julia Perdrial, Benjamin W. Abbott, Susana Bernal, Rémi Dupas, Sarah E. Godsey, Adrian Harpold, et al. “Temperature Controls Production but Hydrology Regulates Export of Dissolved Organic Carbon at the Catchment Scale.” Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 24, no. 2 (February 27, 2020): 945–66. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-945-2020 .

2019

Thomas Z, Rousseau-Gueutin P, Abbott BW, Kolbe T, Le Lay H, Marçais J, Rouault F, Petton C, Pichelin P, Le Hennaff G, et al. 2019. Long-term ecological observatories needed to understand ecohydrological systems in the Anthropocene: a catchment-scale case study in Brittany, France . doi:10.1007/s10113-018-1444-1

Kolbe T, Dreuzy Jd, Abbott BW, Aquilina L, Babey T, Green CT, Fleckenstein JH, Labasque T, Laverman AM, Marçais J, et al. 2019. Stratification of reactivity determines nitrate removal in groundwater. 201816892. doi:10.1073/pnas.1816892116

Dupas R, Abbott BW, Minaudo C, Fovet O. 2019. Distribution of Landscape Units Within Catchments Influences Nutrient Export Dynamics. 7. doi:10.3389/fenvs.2019.00043

Barbe L, Prinzing A, Mony C, Abbott BW, Santonja M, Hoeffner K, Guillocheau S, Cluzeau D, Francez A, Le Bris N, et al. 2019. Opposing Effects of Plant-Community Assembly Maintain Constant Litter Decomposition over Grasslands Aged from 1 to 25 Years. doi:10.1007/s10021-019-00392-8

Turetsky MR, Abbott BW, Jones MC, Anthony KW, Olefeldt D, Schuur EA, Koven C, McGuire AD, Grosse G, Kuhry P, et al. 2019. Permafrost collapse is accelerating carbon release . 569(7754):32. doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01313-4

Dupas R, Minaudo C, Abbott BW. 2019. Stability of spatial patterns in water chemistry across temperate ecoregions . doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab24f4

Abbott BW, Bishop K, Zarnetske JP, Hannah DM, Frei RJ, Minaudo C, Chapin F, Krause S, Conner L, Ellison D, et al. 2019. A water cycle for the Anthropocene . doi:10.1002/hyp.13544Abbott BW, Bishop K, Zarnetske JP, Hannah DM, Frei RJ, Minaudo C, Chapin F, Krause S, Conner L, Ellison D, et al. 2019. A water cycle for the Anthropocene. doi:10.1002/hyp.13544

Abbott BW, Bishop K, Zarnetske JP, Minaudo C, Chapin FS, Krause S, Hannah DM, Conner L, Ellison D, Godsey SE, et al. 2019. Human domination of the global water cycle absent from depictions and perceptions. 1. doi:10.1038/s41561-019-0374-y

Carey JC, Abbott BW, Rocha AV. 2019. Plant uptake offsets silica release from a large Arctic tundra wildfire. doi:10.1029/2019EF001149

Wen H, Perdrial J, Bernal S, Abbott BW, Dupas R, Godsey SE, Harpold A, Rizzo D, Underwood K, Adler T, et al. 2019. Temperature controls production but hydrology controls export of dissolved organic carbon at the catchment scale . 1--35. doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-310

Mu C, Zhang T, Abbott BW, Wang K, Ge S, Sayedi SS, Fan C, Peng X. 2019. Organic carbon pools in the subsea permafrost domain since the Last Glacial Maximum. doi:10.1029/2019GL083049

Shogren AJ, Zarnetske JP, Abbott BW, Iannucci F, Frei RJ, Griffin NA, Bowden WB. 2019. Revealing biogeochemical signatures of Arctic landscapes with river chemistry. 9(1):1--11. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-49296-6

Liu F, Kou D, Abbott BW, Mao C, Chen Y, Chen L, Yang Y. 2019. Disentangling the effects of climate, vegetation, soil and related substrate properties on the biodegradability of permafrost-derived dissolved organic carbon. 2018JG004944. doi:10.1029/2018JG004944

Abbott BW, Radebaugh J, Jensen JL. 2019. Does Our Vision of Diversity Include Social Conservatives? . :EO136069. doi: https://doi.org/10.1029/2019EO136069

Natali SM, Watts JD, Rogers BM, Potter S, Ludwig SM, Selbmann A, Sullivan PF, Abbott BW, Arndt KA, Birch L, et al. 2019. Large loss of CO2 in winter observed across the northern permafrost region. 1--6. doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0592-8

Mu C, Schuster PF, Abbott BW, Kang S, Guo J, Sun S, Wu Q, Zhang T. 2019. Permafrost degradation enhances the risk of mercury release on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. 135127. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135127

2018

Meehan AD, Abbott BW, Larsson M. 2018. Movement Is the Song of the Body: Reflections on the Evolution of Rhythm and Music and Its Possible Significance for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. 1(2):73--86. doi:10.26613/esic/1.2.49

Abbott BW, Moatar F, Gauthier O, Fovet O, Antoine V, Ragueneau O. 2018. Trends and seasonality of river nutrients in agricultural catchments: 18 years of weekly citizen science in France. 624:845–858. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.12.176

Abbott BW, Gruau G, Zarnetske JP, Moatar F, Barbe L, Thomas Z, Fovet O, Kolbe T, Gu S, Pierson-Wickmann A, et al. 2018. Unexpected spatial stability of water chemistry in headwater stream networks. 21(2):296--308. doi:10.1111/ele.12897

Marçais J, Gauvain A, Labasque T, Abbott BW, Pinay G, Aquilina L, Chabaux F, Viville D, de Dreuzy J. 2018. Dating groundwater with dissolved silica and CFC concentrations in crystalline aquifers . 636:260--272. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.196

Malone ET, Abbott BW, Klaar MJ, Kidd C, Sebilo M, Milner AM, Pinay G. 2018. Decline in Ecosystem δ13C and Mid-Successional Nitrogen Loss in a Two-Century Postglacial Chronosequence. 1--17. doi:10.1007/s10021-018-0245-1

Larsson M, Abbott BW. 2018. Is the Capacity for Vocal Learning in Vertebrates Rooted in Fish Schooling Behavior? . doi:10.1007/s11692-018-9457-8

Pinay G, Bernal S, Abbott BW, Lupon A, Marti E, Sabater F, Krause S. 2018. Riparian Corridors: A New Conceptual Framework for Assessing Nitrogen Buffering Across Biomes. 6. doi:10.3389/fenvs.2018.00047

Thomas Z, Abbott BW. 2018. Hedgerows reduce nitrate flux at hillslope and catchment scales via root uptake and secondary effects. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2018.07.002

Loranty MM, Abbott BW, Blok D, Douglas TA, Epstein HE, Forbes BC, Jones BM, Kholodov AL, Kropp H, Malhotra A, et al. 2018. Reviews and syntheses: Changing ecosystem influences on soil thermal regimes in northern high-latitude permafrost regions. 15(17):5287--5313. doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-5287-2018

Zarnetske JP, Bouda M, Abbott BW, Saiers J, Raymond PA. 2018. Generality of hydrologic transport limitation of watershed organic carbon flux across ecoregions of the United States. doi:10.1029/2018GL080005

Liu F, Chen L, Abbott BW, Xu Y, Yang G, Kou D, Qin S, Strauss J, Wang Y, Zhang B, et al. 2018. Reduced quantity and quality of SOM along a thaw sequence on the Tibetan Plateau. 13(10):104017. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aae43b

2017

Mu CC, Abbott BW, Zhao Q, Su H, Wang SF, Wu QB, Zhang TJ, Wu XD. 2017. Permafrost collapse shifts alpine tundra to a carbon source but reduces N2O and CH4 release on the northern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Geophysical Research Letters. 2017GL074338. doi:10.1002/2017GL074338

Mu CC, Abbott BW, Wu XD, Zhao Q, Wang HJ, Su H, Wang SF, Gao TG, Guo H, Peng XQ, et al. 2017. Thaw Depth Determines Dissolved Organic Carbon Concentration and Biodegradability on the Northern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Geophysical Research Letters. 2017GL075067. doi:10.1002/2017GL075067

Moatar F, Abbott BW, Minaudo C, Curie F, Pinay G. 2017. Elemental properties, hydrology, and biology interact to shape concentration-discharge curves for carbon, nutrients, sediment, and major ions. Water Resources Research. 53(2):1270–1287. doi:10.1002/2016WR019635

Abbott BW, Pinay G, Burt TP. 2017. Protecting Water Resources Through a Focus on Headwater Streams. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union. :EO076897. doi:10.1029/2017EO076897

2016

Abbott BW, Jones JB, Schuur EA, Bowden WB, Bret-Harte MS, Epstein HE, Flannigan MD, Harms TK, Hollingsworth TN, Mack MC, et al. 2016. Biomass offsets little or none of permafrost carbon release from soils, streams, and wildfire: an expert assessment. Environmental Research Letters. 11(3):034014. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034014

Thomas Z, Abbott BW, Troccaz O, Baudry J, Pinay G. 2016. Proximate and ultimate controls on carbon and nutrient dynamics of small agricultural catchments . Biogeosciences. 13(6):1863–1875. doi:10.5194/bg-13-1863-2016

Abbott BW, Baranov V, Mendoza-Lera C, Nikolakopoulou M, Harjung A, Kolbe T, Balasubramanian MN, Vaessen TN, Ciocca F, Campeau A, et al. 2016. Using multi-tracer inference to move beyond single-catchment ecohydrology . Earth-Science Reviews. 160:19–42. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2016.06.014

Thomas Z, Rousseau-Gueutin P, Kolbe T, Abbott BW, Marçais J, Peiffer S, Frei S, Bishop K, Pichelin P, Pinay G, et al. 2016. Constitution of a catchment virtual observatory for sharing flow and transport models outputs . Journal of Hydrology. 543(Part A):59–66. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.04.067

Kolbe T, Marçais J, Thomas Z, Abbott BW, de Dreuzy J, Rousseau-Gueutin P, Aquilina L, Labasque T, Pinay G. 2016. Coupling 3D groundwater modeling with CFC-based age dating to classify local groundwater circulation in an unconfined crystalline aquifer . Journal of Hydrology. 543, Part A:31–46. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.05.020

2015

Ben Maamar S, Aquilina L, Quaiser A, Pauwels H, Michon-Coudouel S, Vergnaud-Ayraud V, Labasque T, Roques C, Abbott BW, Dufresne A. 2015. Groundwater Isolation Governs Chemistry and Microbial Community Structure along Hydrologic Flowpaths. Frontiers in Microbiology. 6:1457. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2015.01457

Abbott BW, Jones JB, Godsey SE, Larouche JR, Bowden WB. 2015. Patterns and persistence of hydrologic carbon and nutrient export from collapsing upland permafrost. Biogeosciences. 12(12):3725–3740. doi:10.5194/bg-12-3725-2015

Larouche JR, Abbott BW, Bowden WB, Jones JB. 2015. The role of watershed characteristics, permafrost thaw, and wildfire on dissolved organic carbon biodegradability and water chemistry in Arctic headwater streams. Biogeosciences. 12(14):4221–4233. doi:10.5194/bg-12-4221-2015

Abbott BW, Jones JB. 2015. Permafrost collapse alters soil carbon stocks, respiration, CH4, and N2O in upland tundra. Global Change Biology. 21(12):4570–4587. doi:10.1111/gcb.13069

2014

Harms TK, Abbott BW, Jones JB. 2014. Thermo-erosion gullies increase nitrogen available for hydrologic export. Biogeochemistry. 117(2-3):299–311. doi:10.1007/s10533-013-9862-0

Good P, Lowe J, Ridley J, Bamber J, Payne T, Keen A, Stroeve J, Jackson L, Srokosz M, Kay G, et al. 2014. An updated view of tipping points and the relevance for long-term climate goals.

Abbott BW, Larouche JR, Jones JB, Bowden WB, Balser AW. 2014. Elevated dissolved organic carbon biodegradability from thawing and collapsing permafrost: Permafrost carbon biodegradability . Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 119(10):2049–2063. doi:10.1002/2014JG002678

2013

Schuur EA, Abbott BW, Bowden WB, Brovkin V, Camill P, Canadell JG, Chanton JP, Chapin FS, Christensen TR, Ciais P, et al. 2013. Expert assessment of vulnerability of permafrost carbon to climate change. Climatic Change. 119(2):359–374. doi:10.1007/s10584-013-0730-7

2012

Bowden WB, Larouche JR, Pearce AR, Crosby BT, Krieger K, Flinn MB, Kampman J, Gooseff MN, Godsey SE, Jones JB, et al. 2012. An integrated assessment of the influences of upland thermal-erosional features on landscape structure and function in the foothills of the Brooks Range, Alaska.

2011

Schuur EA, Abbott BW. 2011. Climate change: High risk of permafrost thaw. Nature. 480(7375):32–33.

Sky J, New MG, Donner S, Bamber JL, Chapin, III FS, Schuur EA, Beniston M, Abbott BW. 2011. Dangerous Climate Change Assessment Project Final Report.

Selected Non-Technical Articles

  • Author of blog approximately limitless (selected posts):
    • Gods and in the image of God ( 2017 )
    • You say tomato, I say GMO ( 2016 )
    • Faith and a critical mind (2015)
    • Five years looking for learning (2015)
    • Honest difference or intentional deception? (2014)
    • The Fairy Shrimp Trilogy (2014)
    • Gun control and alcohol (2013)
    • Dawkins vs. the Book of Mormon (2012)
    • Impressions of the Motherland (2012)
    • First scientific pub (2011)
  • Science correspondent for UAF Sun Star and Utah Statesman (2008):
    • Utah's Two Billion Dollar Question
    • Recipes for Unreliable Science
    • Have you ever wanted to clone a mule?
    • Bjorn vs. Gore: Some Like it Hot
  • Other contributions:

If you are interested in any of these publications and don't have access to them, please contact me or click here for the PDFs

Abbott Lab in the News
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April 08, 2020 10:36 AM
PhD student Sara Sayedi wanted to use science to change public policy in her home country of Iran, but politics limited her work in the public arena. Now at BYU, she is influencing policy at a global scale.
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As wildfires get more frequent and severe because of climate change, a BYU team investigates ecosystem resilience to wildfires in a warmer world.
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July 23, 2020 09:56 AM
BYU researchers found that masks could be one of the most powerful and cost-effective tools to stop COVID-19 and accelerate the economic recovery.
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January 16, 2018 10:00 PM
Research by BYU ecosystem ecologist Ben Abbott presents a new tool to fight nutrient pollution. His study found that streams can be used as “sensors” of ecosystem health, allowing both improved water quality and food production.

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September 11, 2018 10:00 PM
When Keely Song moved to Utah in 2016, she was jarred by what she called the “apocalyptic” talk about air quality during the state’s notorious inversions. So when BYU announced in November it would be providing free UTA passes to students, employees and their families, the dance professor had an idea.
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February 03, 2019 10:00 PM
Nitrogen pollution from human fertilizer and fossil fuels affects two-thirds of freshwater bodies worldwide and causes billions of dollars of damage to fisheries and ecosystems annually. It triggers harmful algal blooms and dead zones where only worms and bacteria can survive.
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August 13, 2018 10:00 PM
As part of her undergraduate research at BYU graduating student, Natasha Griffin has presented at conferences in Europe, ridden in a helicopter and visited both the north and south poles.
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BYU professor of ecosystem ecology follows permafrost organic matter from the mountain to the sea on the North Slope of Alaska.
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By Carlee Reber
June 05, 2019 01:06 PM
Will we show up in the geologic record in millions of years? The Anthropocene suggests the answer is yes: collective human impact on the environment will leave a definitive mark in future bedrock.
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March 17, 2020 11:10 AM
Although separated by space and time, our emissions have a great impact on ecosystems across the globe, and those systems are responding. Plant and wildlife sciences professor, Dr. Ben Abbott, has been studying these ecosystem responses and recently published research with Dr. Merritt Turetsky, director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado Boulder, on permafrost collapse in arctic ecosystems.
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June 29, 2020 02:18 PM
Alaska
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