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    Paul has a complex story that he will simplify. Ecosystem ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their environment as parts of an integrated system. It is a new and rapidly advancing branch of science that stresses the integrated nature of our world. Humans and human activities are an inherent part of ecosystems, and therefore ecosystem ecological perspectives and methodologies are at the heart of much of the global change research agenda. Researchers in ecosystem ecology are contributing fundamental science inputs into a wide range of current environmental issues including effects of changing land use and management practices, impacts of climate change and mitigation strategies, the functional significance of biodiversity, and assessments of sustainable resource use from both environmental and socio-economic perspectives. I am particularly interested in evaluating the physical, chemical and biological controls that regulate the ecology and biogeochemical cycling of terrestrial ecosystems. Biogeochemistry links biology and the flows of energy and nutrients on Earth, and so provides a central foundation on which to explore many questions in ecosystem ecology. Lab research centers on plant-soil interactions that significantly influence terrestrial biogeochemistry. Hypothesis-driven approach understands why ecosystems are structured the way they are, and how they function. The challengewill be to develop the infrastructure to promote genuine two-way information exchange between a cohort of multidisciplinary scientists and the indigenous communities of the North. groganp@queensu.ca