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Ben Abbott

Assistant Professor
Plant & Wildlife Sciences

5113 LSB
Provo, UT 84602


B.S. in 2009 from Utah State University in Watershed Science.

Ph.D. in 2014 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Ecosystem Ecology.

2014-2016 Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in Rennes, France in agricultural Ecohydrology

2016-2017 Postdoctoral researcher at Michigan State University in Arctic Ecohydrology

Teaching Interests

Ecohydrology, ecosystem ecology, science writing, aquatic biogeochemistry, environmental and economic sustainability, expert assessment.

Research Interests

The response of carbon and nutrient cycles to disturbance (permafrost degradation, agriculture, urbanization, and climate change).

Courses Taught

Winter 2019

  • PWS 305: Watershed Ecology Section 001
  • PWS 306: Watershed Ecology Lab Section 001
  • PWS 390R: Special Topics Section 004
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 025
  • PWS 697R: Research Section 021
  • PWS 799R: Doctoral Dissertation Section 012

Fall 2018

  • PWS 150: Environmental Biology Section 002
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 026
  • PWS 697R: Research Section 023
  • PWS 799R: Doctoral Dissertation Section 012

Spring 2018

  • PWS 697R: Research Section 012

Winter 2018

  • PWS 305: Soils & Water Quality Section 001
  • PWS 306: Soil & Water Quality Lab Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 029


Journal Articles

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dupas R, Minaudo C, Abbott BW. 2019. Stability of spatial patterns in water chemistry across temperate ecoregions.

Dupas R, Abbott BW, Minaudo C, Fovet O. 2019. Distribution of Landscape Units Within Catchments Influences Nutrient Export Dynamics. 7.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thomas Z, Abbott BW. 2018. Hedgerows reduce nitrate flux at hillslope and catchment scales via root uptake and secondary effects.

Larsson M, Abbott BW. 2018. Is the Capacity for Vocal Learning in Vertebrates Rooted in Fish Schooling Behavior?.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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


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.

Technical Report

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.

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.