Dr. John Schade is a biogeochemist studying the interface between land, water and atmosphere. His research has ranged from studies of greenhouse gas production in agricultural and arctic streams to the impacts of changing snow depth on carbon and nitrogen cycling in prairie soils and the influence of intensification of the water cycle on methane production by wetlands. His current research is on the impacts of fire and permafrost thaw on carbon and nitrogen cycling in southwest Alaska. He also continues to evolve a model for integrating undergraduate training and environmental research through his work on the Polaris Project.
Dr. Schade is currently serving as a Program Officer in the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he manages the Ecosystem Studies and Long Term Ecological Research Programs. Before his current stint at NSF, he spent a sabbatical year at Woodwell Climate and ten years on the faculty at St. Olaf College in central Minnesota.
Dr. Schade earned his B.S. from the University of Michigan and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Arizona State University, all in Biology.