My research broadly seeks to quantify and better understand how plants and soil microbes influence energy flow and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems in the wake of human-accelerated environmental change. Of particular interest is the degree to which plant-microbial interactions in soils influence feedbacks to regional and global change through their effects on ecosystem carbon storage and nitrogen and phosphorus retention.


  • Coupling of plant and microbial productivity
  • Species effects on nutrient cycling
  • Plant-soil-microbial feedbacks to global change

Research area:

  • Ecology

Ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry; consequences of human-accelerated environmental change on plant-soil-microbial interactions.


Biological Science
PhD, Cornell University, Natural Resources (Ecology and Biogeochemistry), 2005
MS, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Forest Soils, 1999
BA, University of Vermont , Environmental Studies , 1992