Abbott, Ben

Plant & Wildlife Sciences

Email: 6hktghhuzzFh{4kj{  (Email Form)


5113  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-8000

Assistant Professor

B.S. in 2009 from Utah State University in Watershed Science.
Ph.D. in 2014 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Ecosystem Ecology.
2014-2016 Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in Rennes, France in agricultural Ecohydrology
2016-2017 Postdoctoral researcher at Michigan State University in Arctic Ecohydrology
 Teaching Interests
Ecohydrology, ecosystem ecology, science writing, aquatic biogeochemistry, environmental and economic sustainability, expert assessment.
 Research Interests
The response of carbon and nutrient cycles to disturbance (permafrost degradation, agriculture, urbanization, and climate change).
 Courses Taught

Spring 2018
  • PWS 697R: Research Section 012
Winter 2018
  • PWS 305: Soils & Water Quality Section 001
  • PWS 306: Soil & Water Quality Lab Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 029
Fall 2017
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 027

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Thomas Z, Abbott BW. 2018. Hedgerows reduce nitrate flux at hillslope and catchment scales via root uptake and secondary effects. <website> doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2018.07.002

Larsson M, Abbott BW. 2018. Is the Capacity for Vocal Learning in Vertebrates Rooted in Fish Schooling Behavior?. <website> doi:10.1007/s11692-018-9457-8

Pinay G, Bernal S, Abbott BW, Lupon A, Marti E, Sabater F, Krause S. 2018. Riparian Corridors: A New Conceptual Framework for Assessing Nitrogen Buffering Across Biomes. 6. <website> doi:10.3389/fenvs.2018.00047

Marçais J, Gauvain A, Labasque T, Abbott BW, Pinay G, Aquilina L, Chabaux F, Viville D, de Dreuzy J. 2018. Dating groundwater with dissolved silica and CFC concentrations in crystalline aquifers. 636:260--272. <website> doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.196

Malone ET, Abbott BW, Klaar MJ, Kidd C, Sebilo M, Milner AM, Pinay G. 2018. Decline in Ecosystem δ13C and Mid-Successional Nitrogen Loss in a Two-Century Postglacial Chronosequence. 1--17. <website> doi:10.1007/s10021-018-0245-1

Abbott BW, Gruau G, Zarnetske JP, Moatar F, Barbe L, Thomas Z, Fovet O, Kolbe T, Gu S, Pierson-Wickmann A, et al. 2018. Unexpected spatial stability of water chemistry in headwater stream networks. 21(2):296--308. <website> doi:10.1111/ele.12897

Meehan AD, Abbott BW, Larsson M. 2018. Movement Is the Song of the Body: Reflections on the Evolution of Rhythm and Music and Its Possible Significance for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. 1(2):73--86. <website> doi:10.26613/esic/1.2.49

Abbott BW, Moatar F, Gauthier O, Fovet O, Antoine V, Ragueneau O. 2018. Trends and seasonality of river nutrients in agricultural catchments: 18 years of weekly citizen science in France. 624:845–858. <website> doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.12.176

Abbott BW, Pinay G, Burt TP. 2017. Protecting Water Resources Through a Focus on Headwater Streams. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union. :EO076897. <website> doi:10.1029/2017EO076897

Moatar F, Abbott BW, Minaudo C, Curie F, Pinay G. 2017. Elemental properties, hydrology, and biology interact to shape concentration-discharge curves for carbon, nutrients, sediment, and major ions. Water Resources Research. 53(2):1270–1287. <website> doi:10.1002/2016WR019635

Mu CC, Abbott BW, Zhao Q, Su H, Wang SF, Wu QB, Zhang TJ, Wu XD. 2017. Permafrost collapse shifts alpine tundra to a carbon source but reduces N2O and CH4 release on the northern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Geophysical Research Letters. 2017GL074338. <website> doi:10.1002/2017GL074338

Mu CC, Abbott BW, Wu XD, Zhao Q, Wang HJ, Su H, Wang SF, Gao TG, Guo H, Peng XQ, et al. 2017. Thaw Depth Determines Dissolved Organic Carbon Concentration and Biodegradability on the Northern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Geophysical Research Letters. 2017GL075067. <website> doi:10.1002/2017GL075067

Thomas Z, Rousseau-Gueutin P, Kolbe T, Abbott BW, Marçais J, Peiffer S, Frei S, Bishop K, Pichelin P, Pinay G, et al. 2016. Constitution of a catchment virtual observatory for sharing flow and transport models outputs. Journal of Hydrology. 543(Part A):59–66. <website> doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.04.067

Kolbe T, Marçais J, Thomas Z, Abbott BW, de Dreuzy J, Rousseau-Gueutin P, Aquilina L, Labasque T, Pinay G. 2016. Coupling 3D groundwater modeling with CFC-based age dating to classify local groundwater circulation in an unconfined crystalline aquifer. Journal of Hydrology. 543, Part A:31–46. <website> doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.05.020

Abbott BW, Baranov V, Mendoza-Lera C, Nikolakopoulou M, Harjung A, Kolbe T, Balasubramanian MN, Vaessen TN, Ciocca F, Campeau A, et al. 2016. Using multi-tracer inference to move beyond single-catchment ecohydrology. Earth-Science Reviews. 160:19–42. <website> doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2016.06.014

Thomas Z, Abbott BW, Troccaz O, Baudry J, Pinay G. 2016. Proximate and ultimate controls on carbon and nutrient dynamics of small agricultural catchments. Biogeosciences. 13(6):1863–1875. <website> doi:10.5194/bg-13-1863-2016

Abbott BW, Jones JB, Schuur EA, Bowden WB, Bret-Harte MS, Epstein HE, Flannigan MD, Harms TK, Hollingsworth TN, Mack MC, et al. 2016. Biomass offsets little or none of permafrost carbon release from soils, streams, and wildfire: an expert assessment. Environmental Research Letters. 11(3):034014. <website> doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034014

Abbott BW, Jones JB. 2015. Permafrost collapse alters soil carbon stocks, respiration, CH4, and N2O in upland tundra. Global Change Biology. 21(12):4570–4587. <website> doi:10.1111/gcb.13069

Abbott BW, Jones JB, Godsey SE, Larouche JR, Bowden WB. 2015. Patterns and persistence of hydrologic carbon and nutrient export from collapsing upland permafrost. Biogeosciences. 12(12):3725–3740. <website> doi:10.5194/bg-12-3725-2015

Larouche JR, Abbott BW, Bowden WB, Jones JB. 2015. The role of watershed characteristics, permafrost thaw, and wildfire on dissolved organic carbon biodegradability and water chemistry in Arctic headwater streams. Biogeosciences. 12(14):4221–4233. <website> doi:10.5194/bg-12-4221-2015

Ben Maamar S, Aquilina L, Quaiser A, Pauwels H, Michon-Coudouel S, Vergnaud-Ayraud V, Labasque T, Roques C, Abbott BW, Dufresne A. 2015. Groundwater Isolation Governs Chemistry and Microbial Community Structure along Hydrologic Flowpaths. Frontiers in Microbiology. 6:1457.  doi:10.3389/fmicb.2015.01457

Abbott BW, Larouche JR, Jones JB, Bowden WB, Balser AW. 2014. Elevated dissolved organic carbon biodegradability from thawing and collapsing permafrost: Permafrost carbon biodegradability. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 119(10):2049–2063. <website> doi:10.1002/2014JG002678

Harms TK, Abbott BW, Jones JB. 2014. Thermo-erosion gullies increase nitrogen available for hydrologic export. Biogeochemistry. 117(2-3):299–311. <website> doi:10.1007/s10533-013-9862-0

Schuur EA, Abbott BW, Bowden WB, Brovkin V, Camill P, Canadell JG, Chanton JP, Chapin FS, Christensen TR, Ciais P, et al. 2013. Expert assessment of vulnerability of permafrost carbon to climate change. Climatic Change. 119(2):359–374. <website> doi:10.1007/s10584-013-0730-7

Schuur EA, Abbott BW. 2011. Climate change: High risk of permafrost thaw. Nature. 480(7375):32–33. <website>


Bowden WB, Larouche JR, Pearce AR, Crosby BT, Krieger K, Flinn MB, Kampman J, Gooseff MN, Godsey SE, Jones JB, et al. 2012. An integrated assessment of the influences of upland thermal-erosional features on landscape structure and function in the foothills of the Brooks Range, Alaska. <website>

Technical Report

Good P, Lowe J, Ridley J, Bamber J, Payne T, Keen A, Stroeve J, Jackson L, Srokosz M, Kay G, et al. 2014. An updated view of tipping points and the relevance for long-term climate goals. <website>

Sky J, New MG, Donner S, Bamber JL, Chapin, III FS, Schuur EA, Beniston M, Abbott BW. 2011. Dangerous Climate Change Assessment Project Final Report. <website>

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