Ethan hails from Minneapolis and grew up visiting the North Shore of Lake Superior. He majored in the College of Letters and physics at Wesleyan University and completed a master’s thesis on molecular spectroscopy. He completed his doctorate in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University which focused on US maize, climate change, and adaptation. At the University of Minnesota he has continued his work on agriculture and adaptation but his focus in the Department of Forest Resources is on how vegetation is represented in Earth System Models. He has developed input data products and modeling methodologies to evaluate the influence of local vegetation diversity on biogeochemical cycles. He has worked with GLI to refine statistical models of crop and climate relationships.
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