My passion lies in exploring how the living and non-living components of terrestrial environments affect one another under present and future climate change. As an ecologist and biogeochemist, my goal is to understand the major controls on carbon and nutrient cycling in terrestrial environments, and how these controls may be altered by rising mean annual temperatures, intensifying droughts, and rapid urbanization. I use an interdisciplinary suite of tools from molecular biology, isotope mass spectrometry, and ecosystems ecology to address these questions.
My recent study, published in the journal Ecology, shows that mean annual temperature influences the abundance of nitrogen cycling microbes in soils, leading to greater nitrogen availability for plants.
Building Inclusive Science
Systematic barriers to entry keep many people outside of science. To overcome these barriers, I worked to develop the first student-led effort to recruit underrepresented minority students to science graduate programs. Through collaboration with other graduate students, faculty, and administrators, Cornell Diversity Preview Weekend has brought over 70 prospective scholars to campus.
Outside of research, my writing focuses on the social undercurrents of science and nature. By thinking critically about the forces that shape what we know about nature, I aim to make it more accessible.