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Douglas A. Frank

Douglas A. Frank

Department of Biology

446 Life Sciences Complex

Research and Teaching 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.


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


  • BIO 400 Ecosystem Ecology Lab
  • BIO 400 Ecosystem Ecology Seminar
  • BIO 345 Ecology & Evolution

Selected Publications

Chuckran P, Frank D.A. 2013. Herbivores regulate the sensitivity of soil organic carbon decomposition to warming. Environmental Research Letters 044013. IOP Science Select Article and featured on the Environmental Research Website

Frank, D.A. and Groffman, P.M. 2009. Plant rhizospheric N processes: what we don't know and why we should care. Ecology 90: 1512-1519.

Frank DA. 2008. Evidence for top predator control of a grazing ecosystem. Oikos 117:1718-1724.

Frank DA. 2008. Ungulate and topographic control of N : P stoichiometry in a temperate grassland: soils, plants, and mineralization rates. Oikos 117

Frank, D.A. 2007. Drought effects on above and below ground production of a grazed temperate grassland ecosystem. Oecologia 152: 131-139.

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