FNR professor appointed key role, Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC)

Dr. Jeff DukesDr. Jeff Dukes, associate professor in the departments of Forestry and Natural Resources and Biological Sciences, began his duties on June 1 as Associate Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC). As Associate Director, he will play a key role in helping to shape and develop Center initiatives, priorities, and strategic direction. Jeff has been an active member of the PCCRC since joining Purdue’s faculty in 2008. His research group addresses environmental challenges through ecological research and outreach, with a current focus on three themes: understanding how ecosystems respond to climate and atmospheric change, understanding and minimizing the impacts of invasive species on ecosystems, and exploring the ecological consequences of switching our energy supply from fossil fuels to biofuels. Jeff has a particular interest in understanding how changes in climate and the atmosphere will affect the success and impact of invasive species.