Thomas Lorin Powell

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Building 084, Room 0118E

M/S 74R316C

Phone: 510-486-5532

Fax: 510-486-5686


Tom Powell is a forest ecologist that uses empirical and theoretical approaches to understand how terrestrial ecosystems respond to and recover from anthropogenic and natural disturbances.  He is currently a postdoctoral fellow working on the NGEE-Tropics project at LBNL.  He is using process-based models to understand how climate change will alter demographic rates, community composition and ecosystem function of tropical forests.  Prior to joining the lab, Tom received a PhD from Harvard University.  His thesis was about the effects of severe drought on the Amazon rainforest.  He received a MS in forestry from the University of Florida and a BS in natural resources from the University of the South.  Tom also worked as a research scientist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center investigating the effects of elevated CO2 and fire on Florida scrub-oak ecosystems.  He started his career working as a forester in Nepal securing non-timber forest products and water resources for Himalayan village communities.