Scott Ollinger

Phone: (603) 862-2926
Office: Earth Systems Research Center, Morse Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Scott Ollinger

Scott Ollinger earned a Bachelor's degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from Purchase College in 1989 and Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire in 1992 and 2000. Prior to joining the EOS faculty, he served as a Research Scientist in the Complex Systems Research Center (now the Earth Systems Research Center) from 1995 to 2000.

His research interests span a variety of topics within the fields of ecology and biogeochemistry including carbon and nitrogen cycling, forest productivity and succession, plant-soil interactions, remote sensing, ecosystem modeling and the effects of multiple environmental stressors on forests. He is currently active in several research projects that involve a combination of field studies and modeling. His modeling activities have included regional analysis of forest productivity across the northeastern U.S. with particular emphasis on the effects of tropospheric ozone, nitrogen deposition, elevated CO2 and climate change. Dr. Ollinger is also involved in a multi-investigator field and remote sensing campaign in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest. The project is comprised of researchers from UNH and the U.S. Forest Service and is aimed at characterizing patterns of forest growth and nutrient status through the combined use of field measurements and hyperspectral remote sensing. Specific focus is placed on resolving relationships among canopy chemistry, nitrogen cycling and forest growth and understanding the relative influence of factors such as species composition, historical land use and soil properties.


  • Ph.D., Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., Forestry, University of New Hampshire
  • B.S., Environmental Science, State University of New York at Purchase

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 796: Top/Biogeochemistry
  • NR 502: Forest Ecosyst & Environ Chang
  • NR 730: Terrestrial Ecosystems

Selected Publications

Ouimette, A. P., Ollinger, S. V., Richardson, A. D., Hollinger, D. Y., Keenan, T. F., Lepine, L. C., & Vadeboncoeur, M. A. (2018). Carbon fluxes and interannual drivers in a temperate forest ecosystem assessed through comparison of top-down and bottom-up approaches. AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY, 256, 420-430. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet2018.03.017

Burakowski, E., Tawfik, A., Ouimette, A., Lepine, L., Novick, K., Ollinger, S., . . . Bonan, G. (2018). The role of surface roughness, albedo, and Bowen ratio on ecosystem energy balance in the Eastern United States. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 249, 367-376. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.11.030

Guerrieri, R., Lepine, L., Asbjornsen, H., Xiao, J., & Ollinger, S. V. (2016). Evapotranspiration and water use efficiency in relation to climate and canopy nitrogen in U.S. forests. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 121(10), 2610-2629. doi:10.1002/2016jg003415

Burakowski, E. A., Ollinger, S. V., Bonan, G. B., Wake, C. P., Dibb, J. E., & Hollinger, D. Y. (2016). Evaluating the Climate Effects of Reforestation in New England Using a Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model Multiphysics Ensemble. Journal of Climate, 29(14), 5141-5156. doi:10.1175/jcli-d-15-0286.1

Lepine, L. C., Ollinger, S. V., Ouimette, A. P., & Martin, M. E. (2016). Examining spectral reflectance features related to foliar nitrogen in forests: Implications for broad-scale nitrogen mapping. Remote Sensing of Environment, 173, 174-186. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.11.028

Pellissier, P. A., Ollinger, S. V., Lepine, L. C., Palace, M. W., & McDowell, W. H. (2015). Remote sensing of foliar nitrogen in cultivated grasslands of human dominated landscapes. Remote Sensing of Environment, 167, 88-97. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.06.009

Xiao, J., Ollinger, S. V., Frolking, S., Hurtt, G. C., Hollinger, D. Y., Davis, K. J., . . . Suyker, A. E. (2014). Data-driven diagnostics of terrestrial carbon dynamics over North America. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 197, 142-157. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.06.013

Ollinger, S. V., Reich, P. B., Frolking, S., Lepine, L. C., Hollinger, D. Y., & Richardson, A. D. (2013). Nitrogen cycling, forest canopy reflectance, and emergent properties of ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(27), E2437. doi:10.1073/pnas.1304176110

Sullivan, F. B., Ollinger, S. V., Martin, M. E., Ducey, M. J., Lepine, L. C., & Wicklein, H. F. (2013). Foliar nitrogen in relation to plant traits and reflectance properties of New Hampshire forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 43(1), 18-27. doi:10.1139/cjfr-2012-0324

Wicklein, H. F., Ollinger, S. V., Martin, M. E., Hollinger, D. Y., Lepine, L. C., Day, M. C., . . . Norby, R. J. (2012). Variation in foliar nitrogen and albedo in response to nitrogen fertilization and elevated CO2. Oecologia, 169(4), 915-925. doi:10.1007/s00442-012-2263-6

Bartlett, M. K., Ollinger, S. V., Hollinger, D. Y., Wicklein, H. F., & Richardson, A. D. (2011). Canopy-scale relationships between foliar nitrogen and albedo are not observed in leaf reflectance and transmittance within temperate deciduous tree species. Botany, 89(7), 491-497. doi:10.1139/b11-037

Ollinger, S. V. (2011). Sources of variability in canopy reflectance and the convergent properties of plants. New Phytologist, 189(2), 375-394. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03536.x

HOLLINGER, D. Y., OLLINGER, S. V., RICHARDSON, A. D., MEYERS, T. P., DAIL, D. B., MARTIN, M. E., . . . VERMA, S. B. (2010). Albedo estimates for land surface models and support for a new paradigm based on foliage nitrogen concentration. Global Change Biology, 16(2), 696-710. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.02028.x

Richardson, A. D., Braswell, B. H., Hollinger, D. Y., Jenkins, J. P., & Ollinger, S. V. (2009). Near-surface remote sensing of spatial and temporal variation in canopy phenology. Ecological Applications, 19(6), 1417-1428. doi:10.1890/08-2022.1

Ollinger, S. V., Goodale, C. L., Hayhoe, K., & Jenkins, J. P. (2009). Potential effects of climate change and rising CO2 on ecosystem processes in northeastern U.S. forests. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 14(1), 101-106. doi:10.1007/s11027-008-9157-2

Ollinger, S. V., Richardson, A. D., Martin, M. E., Hollinger, D. Y., Frolking, S. E., Reich, P. B., . . . Schmid, H. P. (2008). Canopy nitrogen, carbon assimilation, and albedo in temperate and boreal forests: Functional relations and potential climate feedbacks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105(49), 19336-19341. doi:10.1073/pnas.0810021105

Ollinger, S. V., Goodale, C. L., Hayhoe, K., & Jenkins, J. P. (2008). Potential effects of climate change and rising CO2 on ecosystem processes in northeastern U.S. forests. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 13(5-6), 467-485. doi:10.1007/s11027-007-9128-z

Ollinger, S. V., Treuhaft, R. N., Braswell, B. H., Anderson, J. E., Martin, M. E., & Marie-Louise, S. (2007). The Role of Remote Sensing in the Study of Terrestrial Net Primary Production. Unknown Journal, 204-237. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168662.003.0011

Richardson, A. D., Jenkins, J. P., Braswell, B. H., Hollinger, D. Y., Ollinger, S. V., & Smith, M. -L. (2007). Use of digital webcam images to track spring green-up in a deciduous broadleaf forest. Oecologia, 152(2), 323-334. doi:10.1007/s00442-006-0657-z

Jenkins, J. P., Richardson, A. D., Braswell, B. H., Ollinger, S. V., Hollinger, D. Y., & Smith, M. -L. (2007). Refining light-use efficiency calculations for a deciduous forest canopy using simultaneous tower-based carbon flux and radiometric measurements. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 143(1-2), 64-79. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2006.11.008

Ollinger, S. V., & Smith, M. -L. (2005). Net Primary Production and Canopy Nitrogen in a Temperate Forest Landscape: An Analysis Using Imaging Spectroscopy, Modeling and Field Data. Ecosystems, 8(7), 760-778. doi:10.1007/s10021-005-0079-5

Turner, D. P., Ollinger, S. V., & Kimball, J. S. (2004). Integrating remote sensing and ecosystem process models for landscape- to regional-scale analysis of the carbon cycle. BIOSCIENCE, 54(6), 573-584. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2004)054[0573:IRSAEP]2.0.CO;2

Turner, D. P., Ollinger, S., Smith, M. -L., Krankina, O., & Gregory, M. (2004). Scaling net primary production to a MODIS footprint in support of Earth observing system product validation. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 25(10), 1961-1979. doi:10.1080/0143116031000150013

Driscoll, C. T., Whitall, D., Aber, J., Boyer, E., Castro, M., Cronan, C., . . . Ollinger, S. (2003). Nitrogen pollution in the northeastern United States: Sources, effects, and management options. BIOSCIENCE, 53(4), 357-374. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2003)053[0357:NPITNU]2.0.CO;2

Ollinger, S., Sala, O., Agren, G. I., Berg, B., Davidson, E., Field, C. B., . . . Sterner, R. (2003). New frontiers in the study of element interactions. INTERACTIONS OF THE MAJOR BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES, 61, 63-91. Retrieved from

Aber, J., Goodale, C., Ollinger, S., Smith, M., Magill, A., Martin, M., & Stoddard, J. (2003). Is nitrogen deposition altering the nitrogen status of northeastern forests?. BioScience, 53(4), 375. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2003)053[0375:INDATN]2.0.CO;2

Aber, J. D., Ollinger, S. V., Driscoll, C. T., Likens, G. E., Holmes, R. T., Freuder, R. J., & Goodale, C. L. (2002). Inorganic nitrogen losses from a forested ecosystem in response to physical, chemical, biotic, and climatic perturbations. ECOSYSTEMS, 5(7), 648-658. doi:10.1007/s10021-002-0203-2

Smith, M. -L., Ollinger, S. V., Martin, M. E., Aber, J. D., Hallett, R. A., & Goodale, C. L. (2002). DIRECT ESTIMATION OF ABOVEGROUND FOREST PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH HYPERSPECTRAL REMOTE SENSING OF CANOPY NITROGEN. Ecological Applications, 12(5), 1286-1302. doi:10.1890/1051-0761(2002)012[1286:deoafp];2

Ollinger, S. V., Aber, J. D., Reich, P. B., & Freuder, R. J. (2002). Interactive effects of nitrogen deposition, tropospheric ozone, elevated CO2 and land use history on the carbon dynamics of northern hardwood forests. Global Change Biology, 8(6), 545-562. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2486.2002.00482.x

Ollinger, S. V., Smith, M. L., Martin, M. E., Hallett, R. A., Goodale, C. L., & Aber, J. D. (2002). REGIONAL VARIATION IN FOLIAR CHEMISTRY AND N CYCLING AMONG FORESTS OF DIVERSE HISTORY AND COMPOSITION*. Ecology, 83(2), 339-355. doi:10.1890/0012-9658(2002)083[0339:rvifca];2

Ollinger, S. V., Aber, J. D., & Federer, A. (1998). Unknown Title. Landscape Ecology, 13(5), 323-334. doi:10.1023/a:1008004423783

Ollinger, S. V., Aber, J. D., & Reich, P. B. (1997). SIMULATING OZONE EFFECTS ON FOREST PRODUCTIVITY: INTERACTIONS AMONG LEAF-, CANOPY-, AND STAND-LEVEL PROCESSES. Ecological Applications, 7(4), 1237-1251. doi:10.1890/1051-0761(1997)007[1237:soeofp];2

Aber, J. D., Ollinger, S. V., & Driscoll, C. T. (1997). Modeling nitrogen saturation in forest ecosystems in response to land use and atmospheric deposition. Ecological Modelling, 101(1), 61-78. doi:10.1016/s0304-3800(97)01953-4

Ollinger, S. V., Aber, J. D., Lovett, G. M., Millham, S. E., Lathrop, R. G., & Ellis, J. M. (1993). A Spatial Model of Atmospheric Deposition for the Northeastern U.S.. Ecological Applications, 3(3), 459-472. doi:10.2307/1941915