David Butman

David Butman

Assistant Professor
Influence of humans and climate on carbon cycling at the intersection of terrestrial and aquatic systems

Office: Bloedel 264
Phone: 206-685-0953 
Email: dbutman@uw.edu

Graduate Interest Group(s): FOREST SOILS; FOREST ECOLOGY

Ph.D. Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, 2011
MESc. Environmental Science, Yale University, 2006
B.A. Economics & Environmental Studies, Connecticut College, 2000

David studies the influence of humans and climate on carbon cycling at the intersection of terrestrial and aquatic systems. He measures the capacity of ecosystems to change as a result of anthropogenic carbon emissions; human landscape alteration, like logging or development; and the effects of climate change, in order to identify environmental stressors within watersheds and mitigate long term resource degradation.

He received the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, The Teresa Heinz Scholars for Environmental Research Scholarship, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Research Initiative, and the Tropical Resources Institute Fellowship from Yale.
Courses Taught:Quarter offered:
ESRM 201 Sustaining Pacific Northwest Ecosystems (5)Autumn
SEFS 512 Biogeochemical Cycling in Soils and Forest Ecosystems (3)Spring
Current Sponsored Research:
Coastal Rainforest Margins Research Network - understanding materials flux in linked terrestrial and marine systems in the face of climate change
Integration of lateral and vertical carbon flux estimates
Leveraging high-resolution optical imagery and machine learning to map aquatic carbon dynamics in vulnerable permafrost zones
Magnitude and Controls on the Lateral Transport of Carbon via Steams and Rivers
The Influence of Microbial Priming Effects on the Carbon Balance of Large River Reservoirs
Recent Publications:
Butman D. H.F. Wilson, R.T. Barnes, M. A. Xenopoulos, Raymond, P.A. , “Disturbance mobilizes aged carbon to rivers”, (in review Nature Geoscience)
Butman, D. E., Wilson, H. F., Barnes, R. T., Xenopoulos, M. A., & Raymond, P. A , "Increased mobilization of aged carbon to rivers by human disturbance" (2015) Nature Geoscience 8:112-116 doi: 10.1038/ngeo2322
Clow, D. W., Stackpoole, S. M., Verdin, K. L., Butman, D. E., Zhu, Z., Krabbenhoft, D. P., & Striegl, R. G., "Organic Carbon Burial in Lakes and Reservoirs of the Conterminous United States" (2015), Environmental Science & Technology 49(13):7614-7622 doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00373
Hotchkiss, E. R., Hall Jr, R. O., Sponseller, R. A., Butman, D., Klaminder, J., Laudon, H., Karlsson, J., "Sources of and processes controlling CO2 emissions change with the size of streams and rivers" (2015), Nature Geoscience 8:696-699 doi: 10.1038/ngeo2507
Stackpoole, Sarah, Butman, D. et al. Baseline Carbon Sequestration, Transport, and Emission from Inland Aquatic Ecosystems in the Eastern United States – Chapter 6 of Zhu, Zhiliang and Reed, B.C., eds. (2014) Baseline and Projected Future Carbon Storage and Greenhouse-Gas Fluxes in ecosystems of the Eastern United States – U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, accepted
Bianchi, T., F. Garcia-Tigreros, S. Yvon-Lewis, M. Shields, H. Mills, D. Butman, C. Osburn, P.A. Raymond, G.C. Shank, S. DiMarco, N. Walker, R. Mullins, A. Quigg, G. Aiken, E. Grossman. “Enhanced Transfer of Terrestrially-Derived Carbon to the Atmosphere in a Flooding Event”, (2013) Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 1-7, doi:10.1029/2012GL054145.
McDonald, C.P., E.G. Stets, R.G. Striegl, D. Butman, “Inorganic Carbon Loading as the Primary Driver of Dissolved Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Lakes and Reservoirs of the Contiguous United States”, (2013) Global Biogeochemical Cycles, doi:10.1002/gbc.20032
Raymond, P. A., J. Hartmann, R. Lauerwald, S. Sobek, C. McDonald, M. Hoover, D. Butman, R. Striegl, E. Mayorga, C. Humborg, P. Kortelainen, H. Durr, M. Meybeck, P. Ciais and P. Guth (2013). "Global carbon dioxide emissions from inland waters." Nature 503(7476): 355-359.