David Butman

  • Associate Professor
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  • David Butman

    • Associate Professor

    Research areas

    Influence of humans and climate on carbon cycling at the intersection of terrestrial and aquatic systems

    David studies the influence of humans and climate on carbon cycling at the intersection of terrestrial and aquatic systems. He measures the capacity of ecosystems to change as a result of anthropogenic carbon emissions; human landscape alteration, like logging or development; and the effects of climate change, in order to identify environmental stressors within watersheds and mitigate long term resource degradation.

    He received the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, The Teresa Heinz Scholars for Environmental Research Scholarship, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Research Initiative, and the Tropical Resources Institute Fellowship from Yale.

    B.A., Economics & Environmental Studies, Connecticut College
    MESc., Environmental Science, Yale University
    Ph.D., Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University

    David Butman is currently accepting graduate students but cannot guarantee funding at this time.  


    • ESRM 201 | Sustaining Pacific Northwest Ecosystems (5) - Autumn
    • SEFS 512 | Biogeochemical Cycling in Soils and Forest Ecosystems (3) - Spring

    Current Sponsored Projects

    Selected publications

    Butman, D. E., Wilson, H. F., Barnes, R. T., Xenopoulos, M. A., & Raymond, P. A , Increased mobilization of aged carbon to rivers by human disturbance. 2015. Nature Geoscience 8:112-116 doi: 10.1038/ngeo2322 Link

    Clow, D. W., Stackpoole, S. M., Verdin, K. L., Butman, D. E., Zhu, Z., Krabbenhoft, D. P., & Striegl, R. G., Organic Carbon Burial in Lakes and Reservoirs of the Conterminous United States. 2015. Environmental Science & Technology 49(13):7614-7622 doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00373 Link

    Hotchkiss, E. R., Hall Jr, R. O., Sponseller, R. A., Butman, D., Klaminder, J., Laudon, H., Karlsson, J., Sources of and processes controlling CO2 emissions change with the size of streams and rivers. 2015. Nature Geoscience 8:696-699 doi: 10.1038/ngeo2507 Link

    Bianchi, T., F. Garcia-Tigreros, S. Yvon-Lewis, M. Shields, H. Mills, D. Butman, C. Osburn, P.A. Raymond, G.C. Shank, S. DiMarco, N. Walker, R. Mullins, A. Quigg, G. Aiken, E. Grossman. Enhanced Transfer of Terrestrially-Derived Carbon to the Atmosphere in a Flooding Event. 2013. Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 1-7, doi:10.1029/2012GL054145. Link

    McDonald, C.P., E.G. Stets, R.G. Striegl, D. Butman, Inorganic Carbon Loading as the Primary Driver of Dissolved Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Lakes and Reservoirs of the Contiguous United States. 2013. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, doi:10.1002/gbc.20032 Link