Faculty and Research


Doug Frank

Office: LSC 446
Phone: 315-443-4529; Lab: 315-443-7610
Lab website:


M.S., University of Washington (1983)
Ph.D., Syracuse University (1990)
Postdoctoral fellow, Idaho State University (1991-1993)

Research interests

Plant/ecosystem ecology with emphasis on plant-herbivore interactions 

Effects of climate and grazing mammals on energy and nutrient processes in grasslands.  Rhizospheric processes.  The structure of grassland root communities.  Effects of climate change on ecosystem carbon storage.  Top-down vs bottom control of ecosystem dynamics.


Bio 421 Ecosystem science and global climate change
Bio 451/651 General Ecology
Bio 453 Ecology Lab

Selected Publications

Chuckran P, Frank DA.  2013. Herbivores regulate the sensitivity of soil organic carbon decomposition to warming. Environmental Research Letters 8: 044013. IOPselect article and featured in environmentalresearchweb.

Frank DA, Pontes AW, McFarlane KJ. 2012. Controls on soil organic carbon stocks and turnover among North American ecosystems.  Ecosystems 15: 604-615. Featured in environmentalresearchweb.

Frank, D.A., DePriest, T., McLauchlan, K., and Risch, A.C. 2011. Topographic and ungulate regulation of soil C turnover in a temperate grassland ecosystem.  Global Change Biology 17:495-504.

Frank, D.A., A. Pontes, A., E.M. Maine, J.C. Caruana, S. Raina, R. Raina, and J. Fridley.  2010.  Grassland root communities: Species distributions and how they are linked to aboveground abundance.  Ecology 91:3201-3209.

Frank, D.A. 2008. Evidence for top predator control of a grazing ecosystem.  Oikos 117: 1718-1724.  Recommended by Faculty of 1000 Biology.

Hamilton, E.W. and D. A. Frank. 2001. Can plants stimulate soil microbes and their own nutrient supply?  Evidence from a grazing tolerant grass.  Ecology 82: 2397-2402. Recommended by Faculty of 1000 Biology.

Frank, D. A., S. J. McNaughton, and B. Tracy. 1998.  The ecology of the earth's grazing ecosystems. Bioscience 48: 513-521.