Richard B. Thomas
Professor of Biology
3139 Life Sciences Building
Morgantown, WV 26506-6057
304.293.6363 (fax)

Google Scholar Profile

Research and Teaching Interests in Forest Ecosystems, Global Change, and Carbon Cycling

Laboratory News

June 2016: New paper
Smith, K.R., J.M, Mathias, B.E. McNeil, W.T. Peterjohn, and R.B. Thomas. 2016. Site-level importance of broadleaf deciduous trees outweighs the legacy of high N deposition on ecosystem N status of Central Appalachian red spruce forests. Plant and Soil, doi:10. 1007/ s11104-016-2940-z.

April 2016: Congrats to Kenny Smith for passing his PhD thesis defense!

April 2016: Congrats to Ben Russell for passing his undergrad thesis defense!

October 19-23 Rochester, NY
Acid Rain 2015 International Conference

September 2015 Trip to Beijing, China
Workshop on Forest Ecosystem Services for Biodiversity and the Bioeconomy

August 2015: Justin Mathias presents at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in Baltimore, MD.

PLOS Blogs covers Justin’s ESA presentation
#ESA100 Research News: Increase in red spruce growth tied to the Clean Air Act

Justin’s abstract

June 2015: Trip to Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing, China

May 2015: Congrats to Justin Mathias for passing his prelims!

August 2014: Kenny Smith presents at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in Sacramento, CA.

Kenny’s abstract

May 2014: New NSF Ecosystem Studies funding!
Using dendroisotopes in North America and Asia to examine how temperate forests respond to changes in acid deposition.

March 2014: Congrats to grad student, Leigh Ann Scholtz, for passing her prelims!

January 2014: Congratulations to our grad student, Kenny Smith, for receiving a WVU Foundation Distinguished Doctoral Scholarship

Our PNAS paper has been selected for Faculty of 1000! To read the recommendation click on the F1000Prime button.

New publication (open access):
Thomas, R.B., S.E. Spal, K.R. Smith, and J.B. Nippert. Evidence of recovery of Juniperus virginiana trees from sulfur pollution after the Clean Air Act. Proceeding of the National Academy of Science. link to article

News release from WVU
Scientific American
Ars Technica
Conservation Magazine
NBC News
National Geographic Magazine

September 19-30, 2013: Trip to Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing, China

August 2013: Kenny Smith and Justin Mathias present at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN.

Kenny’s abstract
Justin’s abstract

July 2013: Congratulations to our REU student, Danny Walton, for winning the award for best poster in the Agricultural & Environmental Science category at the WVU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium! You can check out his abstract here.

May 2013: Congratulations to our new grad student, Justin Mathais, for receiving a Ruby Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship!