Welcome to the Throop Lab

Biology Department
New Mexico State University


Picacho Peak State Park, AZ 


Heather Throop
Biology Department
MSC 3AF
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces,  NM 88003

email: throop (at) nmsu.edu
office: 575-646-5970
lab: 575-646-2934
fax: 575-646-5665

The Throop Lab is broadly interested in understanding links between plant-level processes and ecosystem processes. We are especially interested in exploring how these organism-ecosystem links are affected by human activities (e.g., atmospheric nitrogen deposition, climate change, and land management). Most of our work explores the impacts of human activities on plant-ecosystem links within two general themes: (1) the patterns and mechanisms by which individual plants affect carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycles and (2) the patterns and physiological mechanisms by which plants respond to perturbations in the C and N cycles. We address these questions through research that integrates manipulative field experiments with modeling techniques. Our experimental approach spans a broad a range of techniques, from the physiological level to the ecosystem level, allowing us to explore links among different levels of ecological organization.

Atmospheric CO2 data and trend

The Throop Lab employs and advises a small number of highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students. Check out our Information for Prospective Students.