Samantha Weintraub

Samantha Weintraub CV

PhD 2014 in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology



  • PhD: University of Colorado, 2014
  • BS: University of California, Berkeley, 2007

Contact Information

(Office) 303 735-7926
Campus Box 450, Boulder CO 80309


Terrestrial biogeochemistry, carbon & nutrient cycling, soil development, tropical forests.

Research Interests

I am fascinated by soils and my research seeks to elucidate the roles they play in terrestrial ecosystem processes, including carbon sequestration, hydrologic regulation and nutrient supply. I am interested in the long-term controls on soil development as well as the short-term controls on soil biogeochemical cycling rates and how these are being altered by current global change. My research focus is on wildland soils, as opposed to better-studied managed (i.e. agricultural) soils. I utilize field and laboratory experiments that include the analysis of soil stable isotopes, soil chemistry and mineralogy, microbial dynamics and trace gas fluxes.


  • Best Student Paper Award, Organization for Tropical Studies, 2014
  • Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 2013
  • Greg Gund Memorial Fellow, Osa Conservation, 2012
  • Campus Sustainability Award, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2012
  • Graduate Student Research Grant, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2012
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Samantha Weintraub, Flores, A. N., Will Wieder, Sihi, D., Cagnarini, C., Potma Goncalves, D. R., Young, M. H., Li, L., Olshansky, Y., Baatz, R., Sullivan, P., Groffman, P. M. 2019: Leveraging environmental research and observation networks to advance soil carbon science. Journal of Geophysical Research—Biogeosciences, 124(5): 1047-1055. DOI: 10.1029/2018JG004956

Samantha Weintraub, Cole, R. J., Schmitt, C. G., All, J. D. 2016: Climatic controls on the isotopic composition and availability of soil nitrogen across mountainous tropical forest. Ecosphere, 7(8): article e01412. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1412

Samantha Weintraub, Russell, A. E., Townsend, A. R. 2014: Native tree species regulate nitrous oxide fluxes in tropical plantations. Ecological Applications, 24: 750-758. DOI: 10.1890/13-1783.1

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Past Courses

  • EBIO 2040: Principles of Ecology
  • EBIO 1030: General Biology