College of Biological Sciences
Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Clarence Lehman studies the effects of biodiversity on stability and other ecosystem properties. By integrating his background in computer science with his ecological research, he is able to create models where computation is not only the tool, but the paradigm for understanding the biological system. His research focus areas include carbon capture and storage, along with bioenergy production from restored grasslands.
An adjunct professor with the University of Minnesota's Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Lehman is working with Institute on the Environment resident fellow Peter Reich and other researchers to create the Whole Earth Dynamics graduate program at the U of M. Currently being developed as a minor, this program will eventually expand to full-time. As an IonE resident fellow, Lehman will expand the Whole Earth Dynamics program, hosting a symposium and integrating the minor with the IonE. He’ll also expand his research to focus on bioenergy from grasslands to wetlands and woodlands.