Natalie T. Boelman

Lamont Assistant Research Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biology and Paleo Environment
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Marine Biology 14B
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8480
(845) 365-8150

The main goals of my research are to better understand:

  • the ways in which the composition, physical structure, and phenology of Arctic vegetation are changing in response to climate change

  •  how these changes impact resident and migratory animals and in turn how animals mediate climate-induced change in the region

  • how near and remote-sensing techniques can be used to study dynamics in ecological form and function


List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D. in Earth & Environmental Sciences
Columbia University
M.A. in Earth & Environmental Sciences
Columbia University
Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography
McGill University
Lamont/DEES Student List: 
Victoria Diaz-Bonilla (former Senior Thesis student, DEES)
Elizabeth Tupper (former Senior Thesis student, Barnard College)
Adam Formica (former Senior Thesis student, DEES)
Lacey-Harris-Coble (former Senior Thesis student, E3B)
Jess Gersony (former Senior Thesis student, E3B)
Rebecca Gibson (former Senior Thesis student, E3B)
Case Prager (current PhD Student, E3B)
Referenced in the Following News Items: 
Selected Publications: 
NDVI as a predictor of canopy arthropod biomass in the Alaskan arctic tundra, Sweet, S.; Asmus, A.; Rich, M.E.; Gough, L.; Wingfield, J.C.; Boelman, N.T. , Ecological Applications, (2015)

Greater deciduous shrub abundance extends the annual period of maximum tundra greenness and increases modeled net CO2 uptake, Sweet, S.; Griffin, K.L.; Steltzer, H.; Gough, L.; Boelman, N.T. , Global Change Biology, (2015)

Tall deciduous shrubs offset delayed start of growing season through rapid leaf development in the Alaskan arctic tundra, Sweet, S. K.; Gough, L.; Griffin, K. L.; Boelman, N. T. , Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, 09/2014, Volume 46, Issue 3, p.16, (2014), DOI:

Greater shrub dominance alters breeding habitat and food resources for migratory songbirds in Alaskan arctic tundra, Boelman, N.T., L.;Gough, J.C.,Wingfield; S., Goetz, A. Asmus; H.E., Chmura; J.S., Krause; J.H., Perez; S.K., Sweet; K.C., Guay , Global Change Biology, (2014)

Maximum photosynthetic electron transport decreases down slope in a small Arctic watershed, Griffin, K.L.; D.J. Epstein; Boelman, N.T. , Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, Volume 45, Issue 1, p.10, (2013),

Arctic arthropod assemblages in habitats of differing shrub dominance, Rich, M.E.; L. Gough; Boelman, N.T. , Ecography, Volume 36, (2013), 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2012.00078.x

Urban heat island effect in New York City promotes growth in Northern red oak seedlings, Searle, S.Y.; M. H. Turnbull; Boelman, N.T.; William S.F. Schuster; Dan Yakir; and K.L. Griffin. , Tree Physiology, Volume 32, Issue 4, p.11, (2012), 10.1093/treephys/tps027

Does NDVI reflect variation in the structural attributes associated with increasing shrub dominance in arctic tundra?, Boelman, N.T., Gough, L., McLaren, J.R., Greaves, H. , Environmental Research Letters, Volume 6, (2011)

Understanding burn severity sensing in Arctic tundra: Exploring vegetation indices, sub-optimal assessment timing and the impact of increasing pixel size, Boelman, N.T., Rocha, A.V. and Shaver, G.R. , International Journal of Remote Sensing, Volume iFirst, p.1-24, (2011)

Multi-trophic invasion resistance in Hawaii: Bioacoustics, field surveys, and airborne remote sensing, Boelman, N. T.; Asner, G. P.; Hart, P. J.; Martin, R. E. , Ecological Applications, Dec, Volume 17, Issue 8, p.2137-2144, (2007)

Inter-annual variability of NDVI in response to long-term warming and fertilization in wet sedge and tussock tundra, Boelman, N. T.; Stieglitz, M.; Griffin, K. L.; Shaver, G. R. , Oecologia, May, Volume 143, Issue 4, p.588-597, (2005), DOI 10.1007/s00442-005-0012-9

Photosynthesis and reflectance indices for rainforest species in ecosystems undergoing progression and retrogression along a soil fertility chronosequence in New Zealand, Whitehead, D.; Boelman, N. T.; Turnbull, M. H.; Griffin, K. L.; Tissue, D. T.; Barbour, M. M.; Hunt, J. E.; Richardson, S. J.; Peltzer, D. A. , Oecologia, Jun, Volume 144, Issue 2, p.233-244, (2005), DOI 10.1007/s00442-005-0068-6

Response of NDVI, biomass, and ecosystem gas exchange to long-term warming and fertilization in wet sedge tundra, Boelman, N. T.; Stieglitz, M.; Rueth, H. M.; Sommerkorn, M.; Griffin, K. L.; Shaver, G. R.; Gamon, J. A. , Oecologia, May, Volume 135, Issue 3, p.414-421, (2003), DOI 10.1007/s00442-003-1198-3