Ph.D., Ecology; University of Wyoming, 2013
Dissertation title: Recovery of soil properties, sagebrush steppe community structure, and environmental heterogeneity following drastic disturbance and reclamation.
M.S., Agronomy; University of Wyoming, 2008
Thesis title: Comparison of vegetation, soil, and AM fungal activity in native and exotic annual brome-dominated Wyoming rangeland.
B.A., Biology; Western State Colorado University, 2005
Emphases: Cell & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Biology & Ecology
Soil ecology and aboveground-belowground linkages
Spatial and temporal analysis of soil properties, vegetation, and ecosystem processes
Restoration, reclamation, and monitoring of degraded soils
Soil is complex and soil heterogeneity is well-recognized among soil scientists, but we largely lack an understanding of how to quantify it and incorporate that information into useful knowledge. Understanding sources and patterns of soil variability can be useful for identifying where and when soil health is compromised and enhanced. Applications of this research include decision support for efficient and representative soil sampling to assess soil health parameters and guidance for delineating and prescribing management zones and restoration plans.
Living components of the soil are powerful ecosystem engineers that can influence nearly all soil properties; yet, they are sensitive to co-occurring biota and the chemical and physical state of the soil. Understanding functional responses of soil biological activity to different soil conditions can be useful for identifying why soil health is compromised or enhanced. Applications of this research include identifying robust methods for assessing and monitoring biological components of soil health and decision support for selecting management strategies that use or promote soil biota to address soil health concerns.
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