Ms. Holly Hughes manages research projects in the Howland Research Forest, Howland, ME in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, NASA, NOAA, Harvard University, and others. The focus of the work is forest ecology and includes meteorological instruments located on towers, forest biomass measurements, soil moisture/water table measurements, and CO2 monitoring.
Ms. Hughes’ main interest is in forest soil respiration. From 1996 – present, manual and automated static chamber respiration systems have been maintained in upland and wetland environments. For the past few years, 14C trapping has been run, as well as 13C measurements on forest soil respiration, tree roots, and root-free organic soil as part of an over-all soil respiration partitioning experiment.