Matteo Detto

Associate Research Scholar, Pacala lab, HMEI
109 Eno Hall

Understanding the impact of climate change on forest ecosystems is an enormous challenge.  Forests store a large amount of carbon in above-ground biomass and belowground pools. Climate change can potentially alter the way forest acquire and use resources, including water, nutrients, and carbon dioxide.

My research focuses on describing and explaining the spatial and temporal complexity displayed in  natural and anthropogenic systems as they pertain to biosphere-atmosphere exchanges.

My interests span from land-atmosphere interactions, in relation to the exchange of energy, water, CO2 and other greenhouse gasses, to the spatial organization of forest structure and species composition.

I have designed and employed a set of automated bio-environmental-monitoring systems within several different types of natural and managed ecosystems including, Mediterranean ecosystems and estuarine regions, temperate, tropical and boreal forests, and agricultural areas. I have particular interests in questions about ecological complexity of biosphere-atmosphere interactions and processes that act at multiple temporal and spatial scales. I have developed original statistical methods in order to analyze observational data and address these questions.

Selected Publications

1. Detto, M., N. Montaldo, J.D. Albertson , M. Mancini and G. Katul, 2006. Soil moisture and vegetation controls on evapotranspiration in a heterogeneous Mediterranean ecosystem on Sardinia, Italy. Water Resources Research42(8), doi:10.1029/2005WR004693 

2. Detto, M., A. Molini, G. Katul, P. Stoy, S. Palmroth and D.D. Baldocchi, 2012. Causality and persistence in ecological systems: a nonparametric spectral Granger causality approach. The American Naturalist179(4), 524–35. doi:10.1086/664628 

3. Detto, M. and H. C. Muller-Landau, 2013. Fitting ecological process models to spatial patterns using scale wise variances and moment equations. The American Naturalist181(4), E68–82. doi:10.1086/669678 

4. Detto M., H. C. Muller-Landau, J. Mascaro and G. P. Asner, 2013. Hydrological networks and associated topographic variation as templates for the spatial organization of tropical forest vegetation. PlosOne, 10.1371/journal.pone.0076296.

5. Vargas, R., M. Detto, D.D. Baldocchi and M.F. Allen, 2010. Multiscale analysis of temporal variability of soil CO2 production as influenced by weather and vegetation. Global Change Biology16(5), 1589–1605. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.02111.x