I study how soil microbes influence carbon cycling in forest ecosystems. I'm currently working on an NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Rich Phillips at Indiana University.
For my dissertation research, I focused on three critical processes in the forest carbon cycle: leaf litter decomposition, soil respiration, and stabilization of carbon on soil mineral surfaces. I am particularly interested in the ways that microbial communities may influence the response of ecosystem carbon dynamics to climate change and shifts in forest composition.
When I'm not in the lab, you can find me hiking, making art, and playing with my dog, Magpie.
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