Richard J. Norby

Corporate Research Fellow & Scientist, Ecosystem Observations and Experiments

Richard J. Norby is a Corporate Fellow in the Ecosystem Observations and Experiments group of ORNL. He is a physiological ecologist with interests in tree growth, forest ecology, carbon and nitrogen cycling, and global change. Norby has a BA in chemistry from Carleton College and a PhD in forestry and botany from the University of Wisconsin.

Norby has been conducting experiments on the responses of trees and forests to elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO) since 1982 with an emphasis on belowground responses. He currently is co-principal investigator (PI) on the project “Partitioning in Trees and Soil.” Norby was the PI of the Oak Ridge Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) Experiment and the Old-field Community Climate and Atmosphere Manipulation experiment. Through his involvement in a National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis working group, “Benchmarking Ecosystem Response Models with Experimental Data from Long-term CO2 Enrichment Experiments,” the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and the NSF network project Terrestrial Ecosystems Response to Atmospheric and Climatic Change, Norby has had a strong interest in fostering cross-disciplinary global change research and improved communication between experimentalists and modelers.

He is a member of the Ecological Society of America and in 1995 was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Norby serves as the Environment Section editor of New Phytologist, is a member of the Board of the New Phytologist Trust, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Plant Ecology. He also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He was recognized with an Outstanding Mentor Award by the U. S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science in 2007, the UT-Battelle Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Science and Technology in 2004, and the Scientific Achievement Award of the Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1992.