Donald C. Buso

Institute of Ecosystem Studies
234 Mirror Lake Road
Hubbard Brook Forest Station
Campton, NH 03223
Telephone: 603-726-4204
FAX: 603-726-4851

B.S., Cornell University, Ecology and Systematics, 1975.

Professional Positions:
  • Manager of Field Research, IES, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH, 1987-present;
  • Field Research Assistant, IES, Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study, 1982-1987;
  • Field Technician, Cornell University, Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study, 1975-1982.

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    Donald C. Buso has worked at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest since 1975, when he was employed as the Field Technician responsible for the routine collection of samples of precipitation, stream water and lake water for the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study. In 1987, he was promoted to IES on-site Manager of Field Research and the long-term chemical database, with responsibility for overseeing collection of samples, chemical data quality assurance, and calculation of ecosystem nutrient fluxes from the chemical and hydrologic data. He is a member of the HBES Data Management Working Group. His professional interests include aquatic ecology, especially the limnology of small, backcountry lakes and ponds. Additionally, his research activities have involved investigations of land-use history effects on watersheds, focusing on forest development after catastrophic disturbances, such as fire and hurricanes. He has participated in the design, installation and maintenance of temporary and permanent streamgaging stations in small, forested watersheds.

    Selected Publications:

    Likens, G. E., and D.C. Buso. 2012. Dilution and the elusive baseline. Environmental science & technology 46 (8) (April 17): 4382-4387

    Bernal, S., L. O. Hedin, G. E. Likens, S. Gerber, and D. C. Buso. 2012. Complex response of the forest nitrogen cycle to climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109 (9) (February 28): 3406-3411

    Judd, K. E., G. E. Likens, D. C. Buso, and A. S. Bailey. 2011. Minimal Response in Watershed Nitrate Export to Severe Soil Frost Raises Questions About Nutrient Dynamics in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Biogeochemistry 106 (3) (November): 443-459

    Mitchell, M. J., G. Lovett, S. Bailey, F. Beall, D. Burns, D. Buso, T. Clair, F. Courchesne, L. Duchesne, M. C. Eimers, I. Fernandez, D. Houle, D. S. Jeffries, G. E. Likens, M. D. Moran, C. Rogers, D. Schwede, J. Shanley, K. Weathers and R. Vet. 2011. Comparisons of watershed sulfur budgets in southeast Canada and northeast US: new approaches and implications. Biogeochemistry 103: 181-207

    Likens, G. E. and D. C. Buso. 2010. Salinization of Mirror Lake by road salt. Water, Air and Soil Pollution 205: 205-214

    Buso, D. C., G. E. Likens, J. W. LaBaugh and D. Bade. 2009. Nutrient dynamics. In Mirror Lake: Interactions among Air, Land and Water. Edited by Winter, T. C. and G. E. Likens. University of California Press. pp. 69-203

    Saccone, L., D. J. Conley, G. E. Likens, S. W. Bailey, D. C. Buso and C. E. Johnson. 2008. Factors that control the range and variability of amorphous silica in soils in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Soil Science Soc. Am. J. 72(6):1637-1644

    Winter, T. C., D. C. Buso, P. C. Shattuck, P. T. Harte, D. A. Vroblesky and D. J. Goode. 2008. The effect of terrace geology on ground-water movement and on the interaction of ground water and surface water on a mountainside near Mirror Lake, New Hampshire, USA. Hydrological Processes 22:21-32

    Rosenberry, D. O., T. C. Winter, D. C. Buso and G. E. Likens. 2007. Comparison of 15 evaporation methods applied to a small mountain lake in the northeastern USA. J. Hydrology 340(3-4):149-166

    Likens, G. E. and D. C. Buso. 2006. Variation in streamwater chemistry throughout the Hubbard Brook Valley. Biogeochemistry 78:1-30

    Likens, G. E., D. C. Buso and T. J. Butler. 2005. Long-term relationships between SO2 and NOX emissions and SO42- and NO3- concentration in bulk deposition at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire. J. Environ. Monitoring 7(10):964-968

    Lovett, G. M., G. E. Likens, D. C. Buso, C. T. Driscoll and S. W. Bailey. 2005. The biogeochemistry of chlorine at Hubbard Brook, New Hampshire, USA. Biogeochemistry 72:191-232

    Likens, G. E., B. K. Dresser and D. C. Buso. 2004. Short-term, temperature response in forest floor and soil to ice storm disturbance in a northern hardwood forest. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 21(4):209-219

    Likens, G. E., D. C. Buso, B. K. Dresser, E. S. Bernhardt, R. O. Hall, Jr., K. H. Macneale and S. W. Bailey. 2004. Buffering an acidic stream in New Hampshire with a silicate mineral. Restoration Ecology 12(3):419-428

    Bailey, S. W., D. C. Buso and G. E. Likens. 2003. Implications of sodium mass balance for interpreting the calcium cycle of a forested ecosystem. Ecology 84(2):471-484

    Houlton, B. Z., C. T. Driscoll, T. J. Fahey, G. E. Likens, P. M. Groffman, E. S. Bernhardt and D. C. Buso. 2003. Nitrogen dynamics in ice storm-damaged forest ecosystems: Implications for nitrogen limitation theory. Ecosystems 6(5):431-443

    Likens, G. E., C. T. Driscoll, D. C. Buso, M. J. Mitchell, G. M. Lovett, S. W. Bailey, T. G. Siccama, W. A. Reiners and C. Alewell. 2002. The biogeochemistry of sulfur at Hubbard Brook. Biogeochemistry 60(3):235-316

    Likens, G. E., D. C. Buso and J. W. Hornbeck. 2002. Variation in chemistry of stream water and bulk deposition across the Hubbard Brook Valley, New Hampshire, USA. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 28(1):402-409

    Likens, G. E., T. J. Butler and D. C. Buso. 2001. Long- and short-term changes in sulfate deposition: Effects of The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Biogeochemistry 52(1):1-11

    Role at the Hubbard Brook:
    resident curmudgeon

    Title at Hubbard Brook: