Selected Scientific Papers

Nelson, M., K. Gray and J.P. Allen, 2015. Group dynamics challenges: Insights from Biosphere 2, Life Sciences in Space Research 6(2015):79-86.


Nelson, M., 2015. Mars Water Discoveries – Implications for Finding Ancient and Current Life, Editorial/Commentary, Life Sciences in Space Research October 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.lssr.2015.10.006


Nelson, M., W.Dempster, J. Allen, 2013. Key Ecological Challenges for Closed Systems Facilities. Advances in Space Research (2013).


Nelson, M., S. Silverstone, K.C. Reiss, T. Vakil and M. Robertson, 2011. Enriched secondary subtropical forest through line-planting for sustainable timber production in Puerto Rico, Bois et Forêts des Tropiques 309(3):51-63 (November 2011).


Nelson, M., and Wolverton, B.C., 2011. Advances in space research Nelson, Wolverton clean air and water. Advances in Space Research (2011)


Nelson, M. and H. Bohn, 2011. Soil-based Biofiltration for Air Purification: Potentials for Environmental and Space Life Support Application. Journal of Environmental Protection (2011)


Nelson, M., S. Silverstone, P. Burrowes, R. Joglar, M. Robertson  and T. Vakil, 2010. The Impact of Hardwood Line-Planting on Tree and Amphibian Biodiversity in a Secondary Wet Tropical Forest,  Southeast Puerto Rico, Journal of Sustainable Forestry 29(5):503-516


M. Nelson, N.S. Pechurkin, J.P. Allen, L.A. Somova and J.I. Gitelson, 2010. Bioengineering of Closed Ecological Systems for Ecological Research, Space Life Support and the Science of Biospherics, chapter 11 in Volume 10, 2010, DOI: 10.1007/978-1-60327-140-0  ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY in the Handbook of Environmental Engineering series, Editors: Lawrence K. Wang, Volodymyr Ivanov and Joo-Hwa Tay, The Humana Press, Inc., Totowa, NJ


Dempster, William F., Nelson, M., Silverstone, S., Allen, J.P., 2009. Carbon dioxide dynamics of combined crops of wheat, cowpea, pinto beans in the Laboratory Biosphere closed ecological system. Advances in Space Research 43: 1229-1235 (2009).  doi:10.1016/j.asr.2008.12.005


Nelson, M., W.F. Dempster and J. Allen, 2009. The  Water Cycle in Closed Ecological Systems: Perspectives from the Biosphere 2 and Laboratory Biosphere Systems, Advances in Space Research 44(12)1404-1412.


Nelson, M., R. Tredwell, A. Czech, G. Depuy, M. Suraja and F. Cattin, 2008. Worldwide Applications of Wastewater Gardens and Ecoscaping: Decentralised Systems which Transform Sewage from Problem to Productive, Sustainable Resource,  International Conference on Decentralised Water and Wastewater Systems, Environmental Technology Centre, Murdoch University, Fremantle, W.A. July 2006, published in: Decentralised Water and Wastewater Systems : International Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia, 10-12 July 2006, pp. 63-73, edited by Kuruvilla Mathew, Stewart Dallas, Goen Ho, IWA Publications, London, 2008


Nelson, M., W.F. Dempster, J.P. Allen, S. Silverstone, A. Alling, 2008. Cowpeas and pinto beans: Performance and yields of candidate space crops in the Laboratory Biosphere closed ecological system, Adv. Space Research 41(5):748-753


H. Morowitz, J.P. Allen, M. Nelson and A. Alling, 2005. Closure as a Scientific Concept and its Application to Ecosystem Ecology and the Science of the Biosphere, paper presented at COSPAR, Paris, 2004; Advances in Space Research 36(7):1305-1311.


Dempster, W.F, Allen, J. Alling, A., Nelson, M., Silverstone, S. and M.Van Thillo, 2005. Atmospheric dynamics in the “Laboratory Biosphere” with wheat and sweet potato crops, Adv. Space Res.35:1552-1556.


M. Nelson, W.F. Dempster, S. Silverstone, A. Alling, J.P. Allen and M. van Thillo, 2005. Crop Yield and Light/Energy Efficiency in a Closed Ecological System: Laboratory Biosphere experiments with wheat and sweet potato, Advances in Space Research 35 (9): 1539-1543, 2005.


Dempster, W.F., Alling, A., van Thillo, M., Allen, J.P. Silverstone, S. and M. Nelson, 2004. Technical review of the Laboratory Biosphere closed ecological system facility, presented at COSPAR/IAF meeting, Houston,  October 2002, Adv. Space Res., 34: 1477-1482, 2004.


M. Nelson, J. Allen, A. Alling, W.F.Dempster, and S. Silverstone, 2003. Earth applications of closed ecological systems: relevance to the development of sustainability in our global biosphere, paper presented at the World Space Congress, COSPAR general assembly, Houston, TX, October 2002, Advances in Space Research, 2003, Vol. 31, issue 7, 1649-1656.


J.P. Allen, M. Nelson, A.K. Alling,  2003. The legacy of Biosphere 2 for the study of biospherics and closed ecological systems, paper presented at the World Space Congress, COSPAR general assembly, Houston, TX, October 2002, Advances in Space Research, 2003, Vol. 31, issue 7,  1629-1640.


Salisbury, F.B, Dempster, W.F., Allen, J.P., Alling, A., Bubenheim, D., Nelson, M and S. Silverstone, 2002. Light, Plants, and Power for Life Support on Mars, paper presented at NASA Mars Ecosynthesis workshop, Santa Fe, NM Sept 2000, Life Support and Biosphere Science 8(3/4):161-172, 2002.


Nelson, M., Odum, H.T., Brown, M.T., and A. Alling,  2001. “Living off the land”: resource efficiency of wetland wastewater treatment, invited paper presented at COSPAR conference, Warsaw, Poland, July, 2000, Advances in Space Research vol 27(9): 1546-1556,  2001.


Allen, J. and M. Nelson, 1999. Biospherics and Biosphere 2, mission one (1991-1993), Ecological Engineering 13: 15-29.


Nelson, M., Finn, M, Wilson, C., Zabel, B., van Thillo, M., Hawes, P., and R. Fernandez, 1999. Bioregenerative recycle of wastewater in Biosphere 2 using a created wetland: two year results, J. Ecological Engineering 13: 189-197.


Nelson, M., 1999. Litterfall and decomposition rates in Biosphere 2 terrestrial biomes, Ecological Engineering 13: 135-145.


Nelson, M., 1998. Wetland systems for bioregenerative reclamation of wastewater — from closed systems to developing countries, Life Support and Biosphere Science, 5(3): 357-369.


Nelson, M, 1997. Bioregenerative Life Support Systems for Space Habitation and Extended Planetary Missions, pp. 315-336, In: Fundamentals of Space Life Sciences (ed. Susanne Churchill), Orbit Books, Malabar, FL.


Nelson, M and W.F.Dempster, 1996, Living In Space: results from Biosphere 2’s initial closure, an early testbed for closed ecological systems on Mars, pp.363-390 in Strategies for Mars: a guide to human exploration ed.C.R.Stoker & C.Emment, Vol.86 AAS Publication, San Diego CA.


Silverstone, S.E. and M. Nelson, 1996. Food production and nutrition in Biosphere 2: results from the first mission, September 1991 to September 1993, Adv. In Space Research, Vol. 18, No. 4/5:49-61


Nelson, M, W. F. Dempster, N. Alvarez-Romo, T. MacCallum. 1994, Atmospheric Dynamics and bioregenerative technologies in a soil-based ecological life support system: Initial results from Biosphere 2. in Advances in Space Research14 (11):417-426.


Nelson, M., T. Burgess, A. Alling N. Alvarez-Romo, W. Dempster, R. Walford, and 1. Allen. 1993. Using a closed ecological system to study Earth’s biosphere: Initial results from Biosphere 2. BioScience 43(4): 225-236.


Nelson, M.,1985. Synergetic Management of the Savannahs, presented at the Second International Savannah Symposium, CSIRO, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Published in The World’s Savannah: Ecology and Management, Australian Academy of Science, (ed. J. Mott and J. Tothill) University of Queensland Press, 1985.