My long-term goal is to investigate plant-soil interactions and nutrient cycling at the ecosystem and community level using an approach that incorporates biogeochemistry, soil science, ecosystem ecology, and soil microbiology.
I am currently working on a project in Pinedale, WY examining the effects of nitrogen fertilization on sagebrush plant communities. I hope to further elucidate the role of nitrogen in sagebrush communities, which is complex due to the co-limitation by both nitrogen and water availability. This study also has implications for the management of mule deer near natural gas development, as large areas of sagebrush were recently fertilized by Wyoming Game and Fish in order to improve mule deer habitat.
I also conducted research as part of a MS at Antioch University New England (Keene, NH) involving forest population dynamics and applied restoration in the alpine and sub-alpine zones of New England.