• Susanna Richter
Assistant Dean of the College and New College House Dean



Office: NCH108

Visiting Assistant Professor, Environmental Science


Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania - 2006
B.S. -   University of Pennsylvania - 2002


  • ENV/GEO 114 - Earth, Environment and Humanity
  • ENV/GEO 172 - Changing Climate, Changing Weather
  • ENV/GEO 274 - Footprints of Crime and Climate

Research Interests

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My research combines the quantitative methods of modern forest ecology, elemental cycling in forests, and stable isotope geochemistry. I apply these methods to the remains of multi-million-year-old floodplain forests that grew in the Canadian Arctic and Siberia, as well as to carbon, nutrient, and heavy-metal budgets in modern forest ecosystems.

I am currently pursuing the influence of diet on hair and nail stable isotopes, and determining possible health implications.

Contact Info

Franklin and Marshall College
Dept. of Earth and Environment
Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604 USA

Office: Hackman Physical Science Laboratories, P106
Ph: 717-358-5843 or 215-681-0498
Fx: 717-291-4168


Johnson, A.H., and S.L. Richter. Changes in organic matter, copper and zinc in organic horizons of mid-Atlantic region forest soils: 1978-2004. Soil Science Society of America Journal (in review). 

Johnson, A.H., A. Moyer, J. Bedison, S. Richter, S. Willig, and M. Boyer. Seven decades of calcium depletion   in organic horizons of Adirondack forest soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal (in press).

Helliker, B.R. and S.L. Richter. 2008. Subtropical to boreal convergence of tree-leaf temperatures.  Nature 454: 511-514. 

Richter, S.L., A.H. Johnson, M.M. Dranoff and K.D. Taylor. 2008. Continental-Scale Patterns in Modern Wood Cellulose d18O: Implications for Interpreting Paleo-Wood Cellulose d18O. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta72(12): 2735-2743.

Richter, S.L., A.H. Johnson, M.M. Dranoff, B.A. LePage, and C.J. Williams. 2008. Oxygen Isotope Ratios in Fossil Wood Cellulose: Isotopic Composition of Eocene- to Holocene-Aged Cellulose. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72(12): 2744-2753.

Williams, C., E. Mendell, J. Murphy, W. Court, A. Johnson, and S. Richter. 2008. Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction of a Middle Miocene Forest from the Western Canadian Arctic. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 261: 160-176.

Johnson, A.H., A. Moyer, J. Bedison, S. Richter, S. Willig, and M. Boyer. Seven Decades of Calcium Depletion in Organic Horizons of Adirondack Forest Soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal (in press).

Bedison, J.E., A.H. Johnson, S.A. Willig, S.L. Richter, and A. Moyer. 2007. Two Decades of Change in Vegetation in Adirondack Spruce-Fir, Northern Hardwood and Pine-Dominated Forests. Bull. Torrey Botanical Society 134(2): 238-252.

Richter, S.L. and B.A. LePage. 2005. A high-resolution palynological analysis, Axel Heiberg Island, Canadian High Arctic, Chapter 3 in: The Geobiology and Ecology of Metasequoia, LePage, B.A., C.J. Williams and H. Yang, eds. Springer, The Netherlands. pp. 137-158.