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Earth and Oceanographic Science

Philip Camill

Rusack Professor of Environmental Studies and Earth and Oceanographic Science

Contact Information

pcamill@bowdoin.edu
207-721-5149
Environmental Studies
EARTH & OCEANOGRAPHIC SCIENCE
216 Druckenmiller Hall



Fall 2014

  • Biogeochemistry: An Analysis of Global Change (ENVS 2221)
  • Biogeochemistry: An Analysis of Global Change (EOS 2005)


Philip Camill: Bowdoin College: Rusack Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

Education

University of Tennessee, B.A. 1993.
Duke University, Ph.D. 1999.


 

EOS AGU Transactions spotlight (2012) for the article: Harden, J.W., C. Koven, C.L. Ping, G. Hugelius, A.D. McGuire, P. Camill, T. Jorgenson, P. Kuhry, G Michaelson, J. O’Donnell, E.A.G. Schuur, C. Tarnocai, K. Johnson, G. Grosse (2012) Field Information Links Permafrost Carbon to Physical Vulnerabilities of Thawing. Geophysical Research Letters

Gillis, J (2011) As permafrost thaws, scientists study the risks.  New York Times, Dec 16, 2011. 

Schultz, C. (2011), Exploring the effects of climate change on northern soil carbon, Eos Trans. AGU, 92(40), 348, doi:10.1029/2011EO400016

Editor’s Highlight, Journal of Geophysical Research—Biogeosciences (2011) and EOS AGU Transactions spotlight (2011) for the article: Grosse et al. (2011) Vulnerability of high latitude soil carbon in North America to disturbance. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 116, G00K06, 23 PP., 2011 doi:10.1029/2010JG001507

Pojar, J. (2010) A new climate for conservation: Nature, carbon and climate change in British Columbia (PDF). Commissioned by the Working Group on Biodiversity, Forests and Climate, an alliance of ENGOs.

Williamson, T.B.; Colombo, S.J.; Duinker, P.N.; Gray, P.A.; Hennessey, R.J.; Houle, D.; Johnston, M.H.; Ogden, A.E.; Spittlehouse, D.L. (2009) Climate change and Canada’s forests: from impacts to adaptation (PDF). Sustainable Forest Management Network and Natural Resources Canada.

Staudt, A. (2009) New science demonstrates need for aggressive cap on carbon pollution. National Wildlife Federation

The Big Thaw (2009) Science Illustrated, Jan-Feb digital issue

The Big Thaw (2009) Popular Science, Feb. 2, 2009

Beem, E.A. (2009) Northward Over the Great Ice. Bowdoin Magazine

Ferguson, C., E.A. Nelson, and G.G. Sherman (2008) Turning Up the Heat: Global Warming and the Degradation of Canada’s Boreal Forest (PDF). Greenpeace Canada

Walker, G. (2007) A world melting from the top down. Nature 446:718-721.

IPCC Climate Change (2007) Working Group II: Impacts, Adaption and Vulnerability. Ecosystems, their properties, goods and services, section 4.4.6: Tundra and Arctic/Antarctic ecosystems.

Stokstad, E. (2004) Defrosting the Carbon Freezer of the North. Science 304:1618-1619.

IPCC (2002) Climate change and biodiversity. IPCC Technical paper V.

Wadia, R. (2001) While policy-makers squabble, Amazon vanishes. CNN

Duke Studies Show U.S. Central Plains Vulnerable to Global Warming (1998) Science Daily

Publications (* = undergraduate research advisees)

News Articles

Camill, P. (2013) Message from the president. Newsletter of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Vol 5, Issue 1 (Spring 2013)

Camill, P. (2012) Message from the president. Newsletter of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Vol 4, Issue 3 (Fall 2012)

Camill, P. (2012) Message from the president. Newsletter of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Vol 4, Issue 2 (Summer 2012)

Camill, P. (2012) Message from the president. Newsletter of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Vol 4, Issue 1 (Spring 2012)

Camill, P. (2011) Message from the president. Newsletter of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Vol 3, Issue 5 (Fall 2011)

Camill, P. (2011) Message from the president. Newsletter of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Vol 3, Issue 4 (Summer 2011)

Camill, P. (2009) Environmental literacy in the academy. Newsletter of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Vol 2, Issue 2 (Summer 2009) (PDF)

Published, peer-reviewed case studies


Camill, P. (2002) Watch your step: Understanding the impact of your personal consumption on the environment. Peer-reviewed case study on NSF-sponsored Case Studies in Science website at SUNY Buffalo.

Camill, P. (1999) The Deforestation of the Amazon: A Case Study in Understanding Ecosystems and Their Value. Peer-reviewed case study on NSF-sponsored Case Studies in Science website at SUNY Buffalo.

White papers, consultant reports, policy papers

Anson*, M., K. Bahm*, P. Camill, M. Hearn*, E. Johnson, E. LePage*, T. Marcello*, C. Mawhinney*, L. Wang* (2010) Coastal Vulnerability Analysis: Inventory and Recommendations. 63 pp.

Environmental Studies Senior Capstone Group (2009) Brunswick, Maine Climate Action Plan: Inventory and Recommendations. Bowdoin College. 71 pp. (Word.doc)

Environmental Studies Senior Capstone Group (2009) Topsham, Maine Climate Action Plan: Inventory and Recommendations. Bowdoin College. 53 pp.

Bowdoin Climate Commitment Advisory Committee (CCAC) (2009) A Blueprint for Carbon Neutrality in 2020. Bowdoin College. 18 pp.

Bowdoin Climate Commitment Advisory Committee (CCAC) (2009) Bowdoin College Climate Neutrality Implementation Plan. Bowdoin College. 76 pp.

Peer-reviewed manuscripts

Umbanhowar, Jr., C.E., P. Camill, M. Edlund, C. Geiss, E. Emmons, P. Henneghan, M. Krueger, M. Kubis, M. Parker, K. Passow (in press). Lake-landscape connections at the forest-tundra transition of northern Manitoba. Inland Waters 

Yu, Z., J. Loisel, D. Charman, D. Beilman, P. Camill. (2014) Holocene peatland carbon dynamics in the circum-Arctic region: an introduction. The Holocene

Loisel, J, Z. Yu, D. Beilman, P. Camill, and the Holocene Peatland Carbon Network (2014). A circum-Arctic database and synthesis of peatland soil properties and Holocene carbon accumulation. The Holocene  

Cook Shinneman, A., M.B. Edlund, W.O. Hobbs, C. Umbanhowar, Jr., P. Camill, C. Geiss (in press). Calibration of diatom assemblages to infer lake response to climate over time in a highly variable landscape at the boreal forest-tundra ecotone.  Journal of Paleolimnology 22 pp.

Hernandez, D., M.McKone, C. Alster, E. Esch, P. Camill (2013) Rapid accumulation of soil carbon and nitrogen in a prairie restoration chronosequence. Soil Science Society of America Journal. doi:10.2136/sssaj2012.0403.

Umbanhowar, Jr., C.E., P. Camill, M. Edlund, C. Geiss, W. Durham, D. Kreger, W. Molano, C. Raskob, M. Stocker, A. Tvera, J. Williams (2013) Contrasting changes in surface waters and barrens over the past 60 years or a subarctic forest-tundra site located in northern Manitoba based on remotre sensing imagery.  Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.  50: 967–977. dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjes-2012-0162

Hugelius, G., C. Tarnocai, J.G. Bockheim, P. Camill, B. Elberling, G. Grosse, J.W. Harden, K. Johnson, T. Jorgenson, C.D. Koven, P.  Kuhry, G. Michaelson, U. Mishra, J. Palmtag, C-L. Ping, J. O’Donnell, L. Schirrmeister, E.A.G. Schuur, Y. Sheng, L.C. Smith, J. Strauss and Z. Yu. (2013) Short communication: Spatially distributed estimates of soil organic carbon storage between 1 and 3 m depth in the northern circumpolar permafrost region.  Earth System Science Data 6:73-93.

E.A.G. Schuur, B.W. Abbott, W.B. Bowden, V. Brovkin, P. Camill, J.P. Canadell, J.P. Chanton, F.S. Chapin III, T.R. Christensen, P. Ciais, P.M. Crill, B.T. Crosby, C.I. Czimczik, G. Grosse, J. Harden, D.J. Hayes, G. Hugelius, J.D. Jastrow, J.B. Jones, T. Kleinen, C.D, Koven, G. Krinner, P. Kuhry, D.M. Lawrence, A.D. McGuire, S.M. Natali, J.A. O’Donnell, C.L. Ping, W.J. Riley, A. Rinke, V.E. Romanovsky, A.B.K. Sannel, C. Schädel, K. Schaefer, J. Sky, Z.M. Subin, C. Tarnocai, M. Turetsky, M. Waldrop, K. M. Walter-Anthony, K. P. Wickland, C.J. Wilson, S.A. Zimov (2013)  Expert assessment of potential permafrost carbon feedback to climate change. Climatic Change 119:359-374.

Kothari, A., P. Camill, J. Brown. (2013) Conservation as if people mattered: Policy and practice of community based management. Conservation and Society (lead article for a special issue created from the 2008 Bowdoin Mellon symposium). 11(1)

French, N.H.F., L.L. Bourgeau-Chavez, M.J. Falkowski, S. Goetz, L.K. Jenkins, R.B. Powell, P. Camill, C.S. Roesler (2013) Remote sensing for mapping and modeling carbon flux and storage.  Chapter 5 in Brown, Robinson, French, Reed (eds): Land Use and the Carbon Cycle. Cambridge University Press

Harden, J.W., C. Koven, C.L. Ping, G. Hugelius, A.D. McGuire, P. Camill, T. Jorgenson, P. Kuhry, G Michaelson, J. O’Donnell, E.A.G. Schuur, C. Tarnocai, K. Johnson, G. Grosse (2012) Field Information Links Permafrost Carbon to Physical Vulnerabilities of Thawing. Geophysical Research Letters L15704, doi:10.1029/2012GL051958, 2012

Camill, P., C.E. Umbanhowar, Jr, C.E. Geiss, W.O. Hobbs, M. Edlund, A. Cook Shinneman, J.A. Dorale, J. Lynch. (2012) Holocene climate change and landscape development from a low-Arctic tundra lake in the western Hudson Bay region of Manitoba, Canada. Journal of Paleolimnology (special issue on Holocene climate change in Arctic lakes) 48(1):175-192.

Yu, Z., D. Bielman, S. Frolking, G. MacDonald, N. Roulet, P. Camill, D. Charman (2012) Peatlands as a model ecosystem of soil carbon dynamics—A reply to Tarnocai et al (2011) Peatlands and their carbon dynamics. EOS

Camill, P., M. Hearn*, K. Bahm*, and E. Johnson (2012) Using a boundary organization approach to develop a sea level rise and storm surge impact analysis framework for coastal communities in Maine. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Schuur, EAG, B.W. Abbott, W.B. Bowden, V. Brovkin, P. Camill, J.P. Canadell, F.S. Chapin III, T.R. Christensen, J.P. Chanton, P. Ciais, P.M. Crill, B.T. Crosby, C.I. Czimczik, G. Grosse, D.J. Hayes, G. Hugelius, J.D. Jastrow, T. Kleinen, C.D, Koven, G. Krinner, P. Kuhry, D.M. Lawrence, S.M. Natali, C.L. Ping, A. Rinke, W.J. Riley, V.E. Romanovsky, A.B.K. Sannel, C. Schädel, K. Schaefer, Z.M. Subin, C. Tarnocai, M. Turetsky, K. M. Walter-Anthony, C.J. Wilson, S.A. Zimov. (2011) High risk of permafrost thaw. Nature 480:32-33. 

Camill, P. and K. Phillips (2011) Capstones and Practica in Environmental Studies and Sciences Programs: Rationale and Lessons Learned. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 1(3):181-188.

Camill, P. (2011) Using energy audits and climate action planning as a community based environmental studies capstone experience at Bowdoin College. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 1(3):206-214.

Grosse, G., J. Harden, M. Turetsky, A. David McGuire, P. Camill, C. Tarnocai, S. Frolking, E.A.G. Schuur, T. Jorgenson, S. Marchenko, V. Romanovsky, K.P. Wickland, N. French, M. Waldrop, L. Bourgeau-Chavez, R.G. Striegl. (2011) Vulnerability of high latitude soil carbon in North America to disturbance. Journal of Geophysical Research—Biogeosciences, 116, G00K06, 23 PP., 2011 doi:10.1029/2010JG001507

Yu, Z., D. Bielman, S. Frolking, G. MacDonald, N. Roulet, P. Camill, D. Charman (2011) Peatlands in the global carbon cycle. EOS 92(12):97-98.

Umbanhowar, C.E., Jr., P. Camill, J.A. Dorale. (2011) Regional heterogeneity and the effects of land use and climate on the ecosystems of 20 lakes in the Big Woods region of Minnesota. Journal of Paleolimnology 45:151-166.

Camill, P., L. Chihara, J.B. Adams, G. Rafert, A. Barry, C. Andreassi, M. Mandell. (2010) Early life history transitions and establishment of Picea mariana in thawed permafrost peatlands. Ecology 91:448-459.

Camill, P. (2010) Global Change. Nature Education Knowledge (Nature Publishing Group) 1(8):25.

Camill, P., A. Barry, E. Williams, C. Andreassi, J. Limmer, and D. Solick. (2009) Climate-vegetation-fire interactions and their impact on long-term carbon accumulation in boreal peatlands. Journal of Geophysical Research—Biogeosciences 114: G04017, doi:10.1029/2009JG001071.

Camill, P. (2009) Sunken ground and empty oceans. Whole Terrain (invited contribution for special issue). Vol. 16:10-13.

Teed, R., Umbanhowar, C.E., Jr., Camill, P. (2009) Multi-proxy lake sediment records at the northern and southern boundaries of the aspen parkland region of Manitoba, Canada. The Holocene 19(6):937-948.

Power, M.J. et al. (multiple-authored article) (2007) Changes in fire regimes since the Last Glacial Maximum: an assessment based on a global synthesis and analysis of charcoal data. Climate Dynamics 30(7-8): 887-907.

Camill, P. (2006) Case studies add value to a diverse teaching portfolio in science courses. Journal of College Science Teaching, 36(2): 31-37.

Umbanhowar, C.E. Jr., P. Camill, R. Teed, C. Geiss. (2006) Asymmetric vegetation responses to mid-Holocene aridity at the prairie-forest ecotone in south-central Minnesota. Quaternary Research 66:53-66.

Camill, P. (2005) Permafrost thaw accelerates in boreal peatlands during late-20th century climate warming. Climatic Change 68:135-152.

Camill, P., M.J. McKone, S. Sturges*, W. Severud*, E. Ellis*, J. Limmer*, C. Martin*, R.T. Navratil*, A. Purdie*, B.S. Sandel*, S. Talukder* and A. Trout* (2004) Community and ecosystem-level changes in a species-rich tallgrass prairie restoration. Ecological Applications 14(6) 1680-1694.

Geiss, C., S. Banerjee, P. Camill, and C. Umbanhowar. (2004) Sediment magnetic signature of land use and drought as recorded in lake sediment from south-central Minnesota, USA. Quaternary Research 62:117-125.

Camill, P. (2003). Ecosystem concepts: introduction. Nature Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. Nature Publishing Group, Macmillan Publishers.

Camill, P., C.E. Umbanhowar, R. Teed, C.E. Geiss, L. Dvorak, J. Kenning*, J. Limmer*, and K. Walkup. (2003) Late-glacial and Holocene climatic effects on fire and vegetation dynamics at the prairie-forest ecotone in south-central Minnesota. Journal of Ecology 91(5).

Geiss, C.E., C.E. Umbanhowar, P. Camill, and S.K. Banergee. (2003) Sediment magnetic properties reveal Holocene climate change along the Minnesota prairie-forest ecotone. Journal of Paleolimnology 30:151-166.

Camill, P. (2002). Watch your step: Understanding the impact of your personal consumption on the environment. Journal of College Science Teaching 30(1):29-35. Also accessible on SUNY Buffalo Case Studies in Science website.

Camill, P., J.A Lynch, J.S. Clark, J.B. Adams* and B. Jordan*. (2001) Changes in biomass, aboveground NPP, and peat accumulation following permafrost thaw in the boreal peatlands of Manitoba, Canada. Ecosystems 4:461-478.

Camill, P. (2000) Using journal articles in an environmental biology course. Journal of College Science Teaching. 30(1):38-43.

Camill, P. (2000) How much do local factors matter for predicting transient ecosystem dynamics? Suggestions from permafrost formation in boreal peatlands. Global Change Biology 6:169-182.

Camill, P. and J.S Clark. (2000) Long-term perspectives on lagged ecosystem responses to climatic change: Permafrost in boreal peatlands and the grassland/woodland boundary. Ecosystems 3(6):534-544.

Camill, P. (1999) Peat accumulation and succession following permafrost thaw in the boreal peatlands of Manitoba, Canada. Ecoscience 6(4):592-602.

Camill, P. (1999) Patterns of boreal permafrost peatland vegetation across environmental gradients sensitive to climate warming. Canadian Journal of Botany 77 (5): 721-733.

Clark, J.S., Beckage, B., Camill, P., Cleveland, B., HilleRisLambers, J., Lichter, J., Mohan, J., MacLachlan, J., and Wyckoff, P. (1999) Where does recruitment limitation occur in forests? American Journal of Botany 86(1):1-16.

Camill, P. and Clark, J.S. (1998) Climate change disequilibrium of boreal permafrost peatlands caused by local processes. The American Naturalist 151(3):207-222.

Valett, H.M., Fisher, S.G., Grimm, N.B., and Camill, P. (1994) Upwelling, downwelling, and algal recovery from floods in a desert stream. Ecology 75(2): 548-560.

Camill, P. (1992) Growth and structural patterns in a post-fire sandhill community. Proceedings of the Sixth National Conference on Undergraduate Education 3:1548-1553.

Grants

  • NSF Collaborative Research: RUI (ARC-OPP/ARC): Sensitivity of Circum-Arctic Peatland Carbon to Holocene Warm Climates and Climate Seasonality $298,966 (2011-2014)
  • NASA (IDS): “Historical and projected changes in carbon export to the Gulf of Maine resulting from land use and climate change” $1,499,674 (2011-2014)
  • NSF (EPSCoR, through U. Maine-Orono, Sustainability Solutions Initiative): Ecological and economic recovery and sustainability of the Kennebec and Androscoggin rivers, estuary, and nearshore environment.  ($184,627 for year 1) (2009-2014)
  • National Science Foundation Collaborative Research: RUI: Landscape-level controls on terrestrial, aquatic, and wetland responses to climate change in the southern Canadian Arctic. $762,000 (2008-2011)
  • National Science Foundation Career: Linkages among fire, succession, climate, permafrost, and carbon accumulation across biomes in Manitoba, Canada, using peat and lake paleorecords. $486,000 (2001-2007)
  • National Science Foundation ROA: Assessing the relative impacts of climatic change and local watershed processes on lake ecosystems along the prairie-forest border in Minnesota. $28,223 (2003-2004) in collaboration with Dr. Charles Umbanhowar, Jr. at St. Olaf College
  • National Science Foundation ROA: Long-term changes in the prairie-forest border: climate, fire, and vegetation interactions. $16,700 (2001-2002) in collaboration with Dr. Charles Umbanhowar, Jr. at St. Olaf College and Dr. Christoph Geiss, Trinity College
  • National Science Foundation CCLI A/I: The Ecology of Global Change: A New Ecology Curriculum at Carleton College. $160,798 (2000-2002)
  • EPA Predoctoral Fellowship Research Award: $15,000 (1996-1999)
  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates: $10,000 DEB-94-19677 and DEB-94-53498 from 4/97-9/99
  • NSF Dissertation Improvement Award: $7,100, DEB-96-23598 (6/96-5/98)

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