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Heather Throop

Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Associate Professor (joint with SESE)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Instructor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Biography

Heather Throop is an ecosystem scientist who studies how global-scale changes influence arid and semi-arid ecosystems. She has a joint appointment in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Life Sciences at ASU. She is also director of the Environmental Life Sciences PhD program.

Professor Throop studies how carbon and nutrients cycle through plants, soils, and the atmosphere. Much of her work addresses how these cycles respond to human-caused changes in the environment, such as climate change and changing human land use.

Her work is primarily based in arid and semi-arid environments. These 'drylands' contain a large and rapidly increasing portion of the world's human population, particularly in developing nations where human livelihoods are often tightly linked to sustainable use of drylands. Throop's current projects includes work in drylands sites in Arizona, New Mexico, eastern Oregon, Australia and Namibia.

Education
  • NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona
  • Ph.D. Stony Brook University
  • B.A. Carleton College
Research Interests

Heather Throop studies how carbon and nutrients cycle through plants, soils, and the atmosphere. Much of her work addresses how these cycles respond to human-caused changes in the environment, such as climate change and changing human land use. Throop's work is primarily based in arid and semi-arid environments. These 'drylands' contain a large and rapidly increasing portion of the world's human population, particularly in developing nations where human livelihoods are often tightly linked to sustainable use of drylands. Throop's current projects includes work in drylands sites in Arizona, New Mexico, eastern Oregon, Australia and Namibia.

Research Activity
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 191First-Year Seminar
SES 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
SES 499Individualized Instruction
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 410Techniques ConservationBio&Eco
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
SES 499Individualized Instruction
SES 591Seminar
BIO 591Seminar
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 101Intro to Geology I (Physical)
SES 191First-Year Seminar
SES 499Individualized Instruction
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 410Techniques ConservationBio&Eco
GLG 492Honors Directed Study
GLG 495Undergraduate Thesis
SES 499Individualized Instruction
SES 591Seminar
BIO 591Seminar
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 101Intro to Geology I (Physical)
SES 191First-Year Seminar
GLG 499Individualized Instruction
SES 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 591Seminar
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 499Individualized Instruction
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 410Techniques ConservationBio&Eco
SES 493Honors Thesis
GLG 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 591Seminar
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
SES 692Research
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
SES 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 191First-Year Seminar
GLG 327Earth's Critical Zone
SOS 374Earth's Critical Zone
SES 492Honors Directed Study
SES 494Special Topics
SES 591Seminar
BIO 591Seminar
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 692Research
GLG 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 591Seminar
BIO 591Seminar