Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Andrew Moyes

Andrew Moyes

Andrew Moyes

Guest Postdoctoral Fellow

Climate Sciences Department



Phone: 510-495-2168

Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

I am currently doing postdoctoral research as part of the Alpine Treeline Warming Experiment. This project is aimed at gaining early insights into potential climate change impacts to upper and lower range limits of subalpine forest trees, using infrared heaters to warm common garden study plots in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. My focus is in relating microclimate variations across elevations and treatments to critical physiological thresholds during tree establishment near species’ distribution margins. Previously, I have studied biological production of CO2 in soils, fire and restoration ecology of Southern California grasslands and shrublands, and photoprotective pigments in leaves. A common theme in my research is relating plant traits to larger-scale processes, incorporating elements of environmental biophysics, physiology, plant and ecosystem ecology, and global change..

Research Interests

Plant ecophysiology

Impacts of global change to plants, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles


  • Postdoctoral Training, 2010-Present
    University of California Merced, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Funding grant: Subalpine and alpine species range shifts with climate change: temperature and soil moisture manipulations and population responses
    • Investigators: Lara Kueppers, John Harte, Margaret Torn, Jeffry Mitton, and Matthew Germino
  • Ph.D., Biology, 2010
    University of Utah
    Dissertation: The contribution of recently-assimilated carbon to soil respiration
    Committee: David Bowling (chair), James Ehleringer, Thure Cerling, Kip Solomon, and John Sperry
  • M.S., Biology, 2004
    California State University Los Angeles
    Master’s thesis: Prescribed fire and restoration of native plants in a California annual grassland
    Committee: John Gamon (chair), Robert Nakamura, and Robert Desharnais
  • B.S., Biology, 2001
    California State University Los Angeles

Professional Experience

  • 2010 – Pres. Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California Merced, PI: Lara Kueppers
  • 2008 – 2010 Research Assistant, University of Utah, Professor JR Ehleringer
  • 2004 – 2007 Teaching Assistant, University of Utah, Biology
  • 2006 – 2007 Research Assistant, University of Utah, Professor DR Bowling
  • 2001 – 2004 Biological Technician, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
  • 2000 – 2003 Surveyor of protected oak tree species in Los Angeles CountyAwards
  • 2006 – 2010 A. Herbert and Marian W. Gold Scholarship for Plant Biology Research
  • 2008 AGU Student Registration Grant, Biosphere-Atmosphere Stable Isotope Network(BASIN)
  • 2008 Travel Grants, University of Utah, Department of Biology and Graduate School
  • 2006 Travel Grants, University of Utah, Department of Biology and Graduate School
  • 2001 – 2004 Graduate Fellowship, Center for Environmental Analysis, Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CEA-CREST), National Science Foundation
  • 2000 – 2001 Undergraduate Research Assistantship, Collaborative Research at Undergraduate Institutions (CRUI), National Science Foundation

Teaching Experience

Guest Course Lecture:
Ecosystem Ecology, Professor LM Kueppers, UC Merced, 2011

Teaching Assistantships:

  • Biophysical Ecology, Professor DR Bowling
  • Principles of Biology, Professor R Dawson
  • Plant Ecology, Professor JR Ehleringer
  • Ecology and Evolution, Professors J Seger and F Adler
  • Ecosystem Ecology, Professor DR Bowling

Media Interactions

  • UC Merced Communications feature, 2013
  • BBC “Science in Action” radio appearance, 2011
  • Salt Lake Tribune newspaper cover story, 2006

Professional Societies

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Ecological Society of America

Manuscript Reviews

Agricultural and Forest Meteorology; Annals of Forest Science; Ecosystems; Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research; Ecosystems; EGU Biogeosciences; Functional Plant Biology; JGR Biogeosciences; Journal of Environmental Management; Plant, Cell and Environment; Plant and Soil; PLOS One; Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry; Soil Biology and Biochemistry.