Dr. Boutton is interested in the ecology of grassland and savanna ecosystems, particularly the impacts of land cover/land use changes on ecosystem processes (productivity, decomposition, biogeochemistry, hydrology). At present, most of his work is oriented towards understanding the influence of woody plant invasion into grasslands and savannas on biogeochemistry and soil biology. He is also interested in understanding ecosystem responses to global changes predicted for the future. The effects of climate, land use, and atmospheric composition on ecosystem structure and function are being investigated at time scales ranging from a few years (contemporary ecosystems) to thousands of years (paleo ecosystems), and spatial scales ranging from the soil aggregate to the landscape. Dr. Boutton also serves as Director of the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory, and teaches two graduate level courses (ESSM 600 - Principles of Ecosystem Science and Management, and ESSM 622 - Biogeochemistry of Terrestrial Ecosystems).
- Ph.D. in Botany, Brigham Young University - (Provo, Utah, United States) 1979
- M.S. in Biology, University of Houston - (Houston, Texas, United States) 1976
- B.A. in Biology, Saint Louis University - (St Louis, Missouri, United States) 1973
- Hyodo, A., Malghani, S., Zhou, Y., Mushinski, R. M., Toyoda, S., Yoshida, N., Boutton, T. W., & West, J. B. (2019). Biochar amendment suppresses N2O emissions but has no impact on N-15 site preference in an anaerobic soil. Rapid communications in mass spectrometry : RCM. 33(2), 165-175.
- Veldman, J. W., Aleman, J. C., Alvarado, S. T., Anderson, T. M., Archibald, S., Bond, W. J., ... Zaloumis, N. P. (2019). Comment on \"The global tree restoration potential\". Science (New York, N.Y.). 366(6463), eaay7976-eaay7976.
- Mushinski, R. M., Gentry, T. J., & Boutton, T. W. (2019). Forest organic matter removal leads to long-term reductions in bacterial and fungal abundance. APPLIED SOIL ECOLOGY. 137, 106-110.
- Ahmed, I. (2019). On the Prediction of Uncertainty in a Sediment Provenance Model. 2019(1), 45-60.
- Zhou, Y., Watts, S. E., Boutton, T. W., & Archer, S. R. (2019). Root density distribution and biomass allocation of co-occurring woody plants on contrasting soils in a subtropical savanna parkland. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2017 EURO-ASIA CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT AND CSR: TOURISM, SOCIETY AND EDUCATION SESSION, PT I. 438(1-2), 263-279.
- Karim, A., Ahmed, I., Boutton, T. W., Strom, K. B., & Fox, J. F. (2015). Quantification of Uncertainty in Sediment Provenance Model. 1790-1799.
- Filley, T. R., Jastrow, J., O'Brien, S., & Boutton, T. (2007). GEOC 75-Dynamics of lignin and plant aliphatic biopolymers in soil organic matter under elevated atmospheric CO2 in the sweetgum Free Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) experiment. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 234,
- Ansley, R. J., Boutton, T. W., & Jacoby, P. W. (2007). Mesquite root distribution and water use efficiency in response to long-term soil moisture manipulations. PROCEEDINGS: SHRUBLAND DYNAMICS-FIRE AND WATER. (47), 96- .
- Beazley, M. J., Rickman, R. D., Ingram, D. K., Boutton, T. W., & Russ, J. (2002). Natural abundances of carbon isotopes (C-14,C-13) in lichens and calcium oxalate pruina: Implications for archaeological and paleoenvironmental studies. RADIOCARBON. 44(3), 675-683.
- Midwood, A. J., Boutton, T. W., Watts, S. E., & Archer, S. R. (1993). Natural abundance of 2H and 18O in rainfall, soil moisture and plants in a subtropical thorn woodland ecosystem: implications for plant water use. (329 pt 7), 419-431.
- Tumushime, Ignacie (2018-05). Effect of Nutrient Availability and Competition Control on Growth and C, N, and P Dynamics in Loblolly Pine and Slash Pine Plantations in North-Central Florida. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Zhou, Yong (2018-05). Savanna Vegetation Dynamics and Their Influence on Landscape-Scale C, N, and P Biogeochemistry. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Mushinski, Ryan Michael (2017-08). Decade-Scale Influences of Organic Matter Removal on Forest Soil Biogeochemistry and Microbial Ecology. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Wellman, Rachel L (2014-12). Biogeochemistry of Soil Carbon and Nitrogen in Response to Elevated Temperatures and Altered Rainfall Regimes in Oak Savanna: A Global Change Experiment. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Foote, Julie (2014-05). Biogeochemistry of the Western Gulf Coastal Plain as Impacted by Forest Management. (Doctoral Dissertation)