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I am currently an ecologist in the Pacala lab in Princeton University's Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and a visiting scientist in the Vitousek lab at Stanford University. My research bridges ecosystem ecology, theoretical ecology, biogeochemistry, and evolutionary ecology. Recent topics of interest include understanding global patterns and controls of nutrient cycling, nitrogen fixation, plant growth, and carbon storage. I use a variety of research approaches, from mathematical models to field and greenhouse experiments to data synthesis.
Starting in July 2013 I will be an Assistant Professor in Columbia University's Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B).
June 2013: I have been named an Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America for 2013-2017.
May 2013: Paper published in PTRS-B reviewing and proposing a new global estimate of terrestrial biological nitrogen fixation. Vitousek, Menge, Reed, & Cleveland 2013.
May 2013: PLoS did an Author Spotlight on the paper "Nitrogen and phosphorus limitation over long-term ecosystem development in terrestrial ecosystems."
April 2013: Received Outstanding Ecological Theory Paper Award for "Nitrogen and phosphorus limitation over long-term ecosystem development in terrestrial ecosystems."
February 2013: Paper accepted in Ecological Monographs about the Intermittent Upwelling Hypothesis. Menge & Menge 2013.
December 2012: Talked at AGU about the importance of nitrogen fixation dynamics in ecosystem-level nitrogen cycling.
October 2012: Talked at the Primer Encuentro Nacional de Usuarios del INFyS about patterns of nitrogen-fixing trees in Mexico and the U.S.A. Menge, Lichstein, & Ángeles-Pérez.
August 2012: Paper published in PLoS ONE presenting a mathematical model of the biogeochemistry of long-term ecosystem development. Menge, Hedin, & Pacala 2012.
August 2012: Talked at ESA about a greenhouse experiment suggesting obligate nitrogen fixation by five temperate herbaceous legume species. Menge, Wolf, & Funk.
August 2012: Paper published in a special issue of Evolutionary Ecology examining the recent rise of meta-analyses in ecology. Cadotte, Mehrkens, & Menge 2012.
May 2012: I accepted an Assistant Professor position at Columbia University's Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, where I will start in July 2013.
January 2012: Paper out in Ecology Letters showing that large inorganic N losses from tropical rainforests indicate N saturation. Brookshire, Gerber, Menge, & Hedin 2012.