Bill Currie, PhD, is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the environment and the development of sustainability science. His research and scholarly interests include ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry including carbon and nutrient cycling, physics and energetics, landscapes and coupled human-natural systems, land conservation and management, biofuels and food security, computational modeling and simulation, synthesis using models, and philosophical foundations of modeling.
Currie has a background in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry (nutrient and carbon cycling), energetics, systems dynamics modeling and individual-based / agent-based modeling. He is interested in using our current understanding in these fields to investigate ecosystem change and dynamics in coupled human-environment systems.
Currie studies the linkages among carbon, nutrient, and water cycling and energy flows and transformations in terrestrial ecosystems and human-environment systems. He is interested in using our current understanding of ecosystems to explore creative, new understanding of the two-way interactions in human-environment systems. He works at scales from field plots to landscapes, collaborating with other researchers and students to integrate understanding and build models for synthesis. The goal of this research is to contribute to the developing field of sustainability science using an approach that grows out of ecosystem science.
2016-2018: Implementing Adaptive Management and Monitoring for Restoration of Wetlands invaded by Phragmites. EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Program. $648,799. CoPrincipal Investigator.
2016-2018: Comprehensive Invasive Phragmites Management Planning. Michigan Invasive Species Grants Program, Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources. $203,000. Co-Principal Investigator.
2016-2017: Climate Change Mitigation: Moving Beyond Carbon Neutral. University of Michigan Office of Research 2016 Distinguished Faculty / Graduate Student Seminar program. $10,000.
2014-2016: Investigating social-ecological metrics of forest landscape characteristics across scales: A regional gradient study in northern Michigan. U.S.D.A. McIntire-Stennis Program. $68,946. Principal Investigator.
2013-2014: Assessing Ecosystem Services Provided by Restored Wetlands Under Current and Future Climate and Land-Use Scenarios. University of Michigan Water Center. $50,000. CoPrincipal Investigator.
Stockholm University – U. Michigan Faculty Exchange Award (2010).
Stockholm Water Symposium Best Poster Award, co-author (2001).
Sigma Xi Dissertation Research Award (1995).
NASA Training Grant Fellowship (1991-1995).
Currie, William S., Deborah E. Goldberg, Jason Martina, Radka Wildova, Emily Farrer, and Kenneth Elgersma. 2014. Emergence of nutrient-cycling feedbacks related to plant size and invasion success in a wetland community-ecosystem model. Ecological Modelling 282: 69-82.
Currie William S., Sarah Kiger, Joan I. Nassauer, Meghan Hutchins, Lauren L. Marshall, Daniel G. Brown, Rick L. Riolo, Derek T. Robinson, and Stephanie K. Hart. Multi-scale heterogeneity in vegetation and soil carbon in exurban residential land of Southeastern MI. Ecological Applications, in press.
Currie, William S. and Stephanie Hart. Climatic gradients and human development pressure determine spatial patterns of forest fragmentation across the Great Lakes basin, USA. Landscape Ecology, In review.
Brunner, Anna, William S. Currie, and Shelie Miller. 2015. Cellulosic ethanol production: Landscape scale net carbon strongly affected by forest decision making. Biomass and Bioenergy 83:32-41.
Currie, William S. 2011. Units of nature or processes across scales? The ecosystem concept at age 75. (Invited Tansley Review.) New Phytologist 190:21-34.
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Chair, review of Editor-In-Chief for Ecological Issues, for the Ecological Society of America (2015).
Participant, Great Lakes Wetland Mapping Workshop, The Nature Conservancy (2015).
Panelist, National Science Foundation Ecosystem Studies Program (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013).