Matt Petrie

Graduate Student
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Ph.D., Biology, University of New Mexico, 2014
M.A., Physical Geography, University of Kansas, 2010
B.S., Environmental Studies, University of Kansas, 2008
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Matt is interested in how abiotic and biotic interactions integrate through time to influence ecosystem functioning, variability and changes in state. Although he is primarily interested in water-driven ecosystems (grasslands, deserts, etc.), any location with a dynamic climate tends to spark his interest. He also helped save an entire family from certain discomfort when their minivan got stuck in the Rio Grande bosque near the Sevilleta Field Station (see below).

Petrie, MD and Brunsell, NA 2012. Precipitation variability and the ecohydrology of grasslands. Ecohydrology, 5: 337-345, doi:10.1002/eco.224.
Petrie, MD, Brunsell, NA and Nippert, JB 2012. Climate change alters growing season flux dynamics of tallgrass prairie. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 107: 427-440, doi:10.1007/s00704-011-0484-y.
Petrie, MD, Collins, SL, Gutzler, DS and Moore, DM 2013. Regional trends exert less influence than local variability on monsoon precipitation in the northern Chihuahuan Desert, USA. Journal of Arid Environments, in press.
Petrie, MD, Collins, SL, Litvak, ML, Swann, AM and Ford, PL. Grassland to shrub- land state transitions will enhance carbon sequestration at the cost of ecosystem services in the southwestern United States, in prep.
Petrie, MD, Collins, SL, and Litvak, ML. Small rainfall events influence monsoon- season ecology in the northern Chihuahuan Desert, in prep.
Petrie, MD and Pockman, WT. Winter climate change shapes carbon assimilation and soil moisture availability in Pinon-juniper ecosystems.
Recent Awards/Honors: 
Certified graduate principal investigator, University of New Mexico, 2011-present.
Museum collections assistant, 2011.
Co-President, Sevilleta LTER tourist rescue and minivan reclamation, 2013