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