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  • Portrait of Bruce Hungate

    Bruce Hungate

    Director, Center for Ecosystem Science and Society
    Global change
    Microbial ecology
    Bruce.Hungate@nau.edu
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    Professor of Ecosystem Ecology at Northern Arizona University Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Western Regional Center of the National Institute for Climatic Change Research Director of the Colorado Plateau Analytical Laboratory   Hungate’s research focuses on the ecology and management of global change, and microbial ecology from humans to the globe. His research […]
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    George Koch

    Associate Director, Center for Ecosystem Science and Society
    Physiological ecology
    Global change biology
    George.Koch@nau.edu
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    Professor, Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University Koch’s research focuses on understanding the biophysical and ecological interactions of plants with their environments, including features affected by human-driven global change. He has worked in a variety of terrestrial ecosystems ranging from tropical and temperate rainforests to deserts. Much of his research explores the interaction of water relations […]
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    Michelle Mack

    Professor of Ecosystem Ecology
    Ecosystem and community ecology
    Plant-soil microbe interactions
    Michelle.Mack@nau.edu https://www2.nau.edu/macklab-p/wordpress/
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    As global temperatures increase, fragile ecosystems across the world are facing drastic changes, such as more extreme forest fires and increasingly severe droughts. Dr. Michelle Mack, a professor at NAU’s Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (ECOSS) and a recognized leader in plant and ecosystem ecology, is researching how global climate change is affecting plant […]
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    Ted Schuur

    Professor of Ecosystem Ecology
    Feedback from terrestrial ecosystems to climate change
    Arctic ecosystems
    Ted.Schuur@nau.edu https://www2.nau.edu/schuurlab-p/Schuur.html
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    Understanding feedbacks from terrestrial ecosystems to climate change is Schuur’s main research interest. He focuses on the response of Arctic ecosystems in a warmer world, which is key for understanding how natural ecosystems interact with human emissions to control the overall pace of climate change. Dr. Schuur spends the summer in Alaska living in a […]
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    Paul Dijkstra

    Associate Research Professor
    Climate change effects on terrestrial ecosystems
    Applications of stable isotopes on C and N cycling processes
    Paul.Dijkstra@nau.edu
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    Dijkstra’s research focuses on various aspects of climate change effects on terrestrial ecosystems and applications of stable isotopes in the study of short and long-term C and N cycling processes. These studies allow him to work in a large range of ecosystems, from desert grasslands to tropical forests, from mountain streams to hot springs. Current […]
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    Benjamin Koch

    Assistant Research Professor
    Stream and river ecology
    Ben.Koch@nau.edu
      Koch’s research explores how interactions among organisms regulate and are regulated by the cycling of energy and materials in ecosystems. He studies primarily the ecology of streams and rivers. He uses detailed natural history observations, field experiments, and quantitative modeling to reveal how ecosystems work, with the aim of improving ecosystem stewardship. Current Projects Ecology […]
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      Christina Schädel

      Assistant Research Professor
      Global carbon cycle
      Permafrost carbon
      Climate change
      Christina.Schaedel@nau.edu https://www2.nau.edu/schuurlab-p/Schaedel.html
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      Research Interests Schädel is a biogeochemist and plant ecophysiologist with expertise in climate change, ranging from arctic warming impacts on permafrost carbon to plant responses to elevated carbon dioxide. Her work has included empirical, modeling, and synthesis approaches. Currently, as Assistant Research Professor at Northern Arizona University, she conducts synthesis research on the vulnerability of […]
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      Greg Caporaso

      Affiliated Faculty, Associate Professor/Director Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics
      Microbial ecology
      Micro-organisms in human health and disease
      Software development
      GregCaporaso@gmail.com http://caporasolab.us/
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      The Caporaso Lab is located in the Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics at Northern Arizona University. We are an applied bioinformatics lab, developing and using software for studying communities of micro-organisms. Teaching Dr. Caporaso teaches graduate and undergraduate bioinformatics in the Biology and Computer Science departments at Northern Arizona University. You can find course […]
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    • Scott Goetz

      Affiliated Faculty, Professor at Northern Arizona University
      Informatics
      Computing
      Cyber Systems
      arctic & carbon cycle science
      climate change and terrestrial ecology
      Scott.Goetz@nau.edu
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      Full Curriculum Vitae Dr. Scott Goetz is Professor at Northern Arizona University. He is the Science Lead of NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment and Deputy principal investigator of NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation. He has published over 160 refereed publications, which have been cited some 14,000 times. His research has been covered by numerous new agencies […]
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      Deborah N. Huntzinger

      Affiliated Faculty/Assistant Professor, Climate Sciences
      Climate change
      Terrestrial carbon cycling
      Carbon capture and storage
      deborah.huntzinger@nau.edu https://nau.edu/CEFNS/NatSci/SESES/Faculty/Huntzinger/
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      Dr. Huntzinger’s research interests focus on improving the understanding of complex environmental systems and our ability to forecast their future variability. Her current research interests are in the integration and comparison of environmental remote sensing products, model estimates, and in situ data to advance the understanding of biospheric contributions, both spatially and temporally, to land-atmosphere […]
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    • Cindy Liu

      Affiliated Faculty, Chief Medical Officer of Antibiotic Resistance Action Center and an Assistant Research Professor
      Microbial Ecology
      Molecular Epidemiology
      Antibiotic Resistance
      Antimicrobial Stewardship
      Point-of-care Molecular Diagnostics
      cindyliu@email.gwu.edu
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      Cindy M. Liu, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., is Chief Medical Officer of Antibiotic Resistance Action Center and an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington D.C.. The translational goals of her research are to advance our understanding of the role […]
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    • Portrait of Jane Marks

      Jane Marks

      Professor, Biological Sciences
      Aquatic Ecology
      Freshwater food webs
      Ecosystems
      Jane.Marks@nau.edu http://oak.ucc.nau.edu/jcm22/
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        Research/teaching interests studies of how abiotic and biotic factors structure freshwater food webs anthropogenic disturbances of watershed nutrient loading alterations of flow regimes upon river food webs Full Curriculum Vitae  
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    • Portrait of Kiona Ogle

      Kiona Ogle

      Affiliated Faculty/Associate Professor, Informatics and Computing Program
      Ecological synthesis and analysis
      Bayesian applications in ecology
      Plant and ecosystem ecology
      Kiona.Ogle@nau.edu http://www2.nau.edu/ogle-lab/
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      Dr. Ogle’s research focuses on developing a mechanistic understanding of how plants and ecosystems are affected by environmental variability, including climate change factors. She uses integrative approaches that meld manipulative field experiments, observational studies, diverse data sources, statistical and mathematical modeling, and computational techniques. Dr. Ogle’s research group works on projects that fall under four […]
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    • Lance Price

      Affiliated Faculty, Professor at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health
      Antibiotic resistance; food-animal production; antibiotic stewardship; E. coli; livestock-associated MRSA; sustainable food production; science communication; superbugs
      lprice@email.gwu.edu
        Lance Price is a Professor at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington DC. He is also the founding director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center. Price works at the interface between science and policy to address the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance. In the laboratory, Price uses cutting-edge molecular […]
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      • Portrait of Robert L. Sanford, Jr. (Buck)

        Robert L. Sanford, Jr. (Buck)

        Affiliated Faculty/Professor, Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability
        Biogeochemistry of alpine
        tropical and dryland ecosystems
        Paleoecology/land use history
        Robert.Sanford@nau.edu
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        Sanford’s research focuses on the biogeochemistry of alpine, tropical and dryland ecosystems, particularly in managed and fire affected environments. In addition, paleoecology/land use history, or how biogeochemical soil ’signatures’ that human populations/cultures have left on landscapes affect present day ecological processes. Sanford is the 1997 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award (University of Denver), and […]
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      • Christopher Schwalm

        Assistant Research Professor
        global change ecology
        Earth system modeling
        terrestrial biogeochemistry
        machine learning in the biogeosciences
        christopher.schwalm@nau.edu
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        Schwalm’s research focuses on how carbon, water, and plant nutrients cycle through land systems. He examines the natural and global change drivers of terrestrial biogeochemistry  This includes extensive work on drought, its impact on carbon cycling as well as ecosystem response and recovery to drought events. In addition, he performs research toward improving carbon cycle […]
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        Egbert Schwartz

        Affiliated Faculty/Professor, Biological Sciences
        Microbial ecology
        Bioremediation
        Ecosystem ecology
        Egbert.Schwartz@nau.edu https://nau.edu/CEFNS/NatSci/Biology/Research/Schwartz-Lab/
          Schwartz’s research focuses on the interaction between microbial populations and their environment. He is particularly interested in the relationships between microbial growth or activity and soil processes. His educational aim is to get students excited about all aspects of biology, ranging from molecular biology to ecosystem ecology and, through research, to bridge an array of […]
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          Jamie Brown

          Research Associate, Colorado Plateau Stable Isotope Laboratory
          Production and consumption of greenhouse gasses by microorganisms
          Jamie.Brown@nau.edu
            Brown’s research focuses on predicting feedbacks to global change through the production and consumption of the greenhouse gasses CO2, CH4, and N2O by microorganisms across multiple ecosystems. Brown has also participated in research into carbon and nitrogen cycling by microorganisms in geothermal springs through stable isotope probing. Brown hopes to contribute to the understanding of […]
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            Chris Ebert

            Assistant Director, Interactive Data Visualization
            Radiocarbon
            Global Carbon Cycle
            Climate Change
            Christopher.Ebert@nau.edu https://www2.nau.edu/schuurlab-p/index.html
              Ebert’s academic background is in analytical chemistry, primarily performing atomic spectroscopy by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. He has performed isotopic analyses for nuclear science, environmental science, and forensics. This experience has lead him to ECOSS, where he will be expanding radiocarbon’s role in evaluating tundra carbon cycles and climate change. He is interested in learning […]
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            • Michaela Hayer

              Research Associate
              Michaela.Hayer@nau.edu
                Hayer’s interests include the role of microbial communities in structuring plant communities and vice versa. Current Projects Using network analyses to understand how invasion of non-native plants influence microbial community interactions Using quantitative stable isotope probing (qSIP) to investigate microbial responses to environmental perturbation Selected Publications Schwartz, E., M. Hayer, B.A. Hungate, B.J. Koch, T.A. […]
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                Rebecca Mau

                Research Associate
                Rebecca.Mau@nau.edu
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                Mau’s interests include understanding how microbial communities influence terrestrial ecosystem functioning, with an emphasis on global change. With the development and use of newer molecular methods in microbial ecology, such as pyrosequencing and stable isotope probing, it is becoming possible to better link below- and aboveground processes. By studying belowground community dynamics she hopes to […]
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                Mélanie Caron

                Assistant Director, Colorado Plateau Stable Isotope Laboratory
                Melanie.Caron@nau.edu
                  Caron’s research activities are focused on the influence of biotic and abiotic factors on aquatic food web structure, composition, and behavior of aquatic organisms using stable isotope techniques. Her research interests can be broken down into three different aspects: 1) aquatic food web modeling of abiotic and biotic interactions, 2) stable isotopic techniques and applications […]
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                • Christopher Kaiser

                  Research Technician
                  Understanding the relationships between microbes
                  their metabolic water
                  and their environment; sagebrush restoration
                  Christopher.Kaiser@nau.edu
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                    Victor Leshyk

                    Senior Coordinator for Artistic Interpretation of Research Discoveries
                    Illustrating science
                    life and all things between
                    victorleshyk@esedona.net victorleshyk.com
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                    Samantha Miller

                    Research Coordinator
                    Samantha.Miller@nau.edu
                      Miller’s research focuses on links between community and ecosystem ecology. More specifically, she is interested in feedbacks between plant community composition and ecosystem processes, especially in the face of global changes such as shifting climate and biological invasions. Full Curriculum Vitae
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                      Jeff Propster

                      Research Technician
                      jrp277@nau.edu
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                      • Aradhana Roberts

                        Research Specialist
                        Aradhana.Roberts@nau.edu
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                        • Candra Dufek

                          Fund Manager, Office of Sponsored Projects
                          Financial Compliance of Grant Management
                          Candra.Dufek@nau.edu
                            Candra Dufek works with a team of individuals in the Office of Sponsored Projects, located in Applied Research and Development. She assists Professors, Deans and fiscal administrations on their sponsored projects; assures expenses and budgets are in accordance within the grants proposed budget, reports expenditure trends along with identifying any potential compliance issues.  She offers […]
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                            Sally Evans

                            Business Manager
                            Sally.Evans@nau.edu
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                              Maria Galvez

                              Manager
                              Finance and Administration
                              Maria.Galvez@nau.edu
                                Maria graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Master’s in Business Administration in 2009 and BS in Accountancy in 2007. She spent over six years in the property management/investment industry with a focus on corporate accounting and financial reporting for senior living communities. While attending NAU she worked with the Center for Sustainable Environments where […]
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                                Gerardo Celis

                                Postdoctoral Scientist
                                Restoration ecology
                                Interactive data visualization
                                Climate change
                                Gerardo.Celis@nau.edu https://www2.nau.edu/schuurlab-p/index.html
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                                Research Interests Plant Ecology Restoration Ecology Invasion Ecology Climate Change Interactive Data Visualization Dr. Celis has a broad interest in terrestrial ecosystem processes, in particular how anthropogenic impacts influence them. He also studies the role of exotic invasive species in the trajectory of ecosystem recovery after disturbances and identifying methods to enhance and/or speedup recovery. […]
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                              • Rebecca Hewitt

                                Postdoctoral Scientist
                                rehewitt@alaska.edu https://www2.nau.edu/macklab-p/wordpress/
                                  Hewitt’s research focuses on how species traits and interactions shape community structure and ecosystem function. She is particularly keen to investigate the role of plant-fungal interactions in carbon and nitrogen cycling, community assembly after disturbance, and landscape patterns of vegetation change.
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                                  Marguerite Mauritz

                                  Postdoctoral Scientist
                                  Permafrost soils in tundra ecosystems
                                  Carbon balance responses to warming arctic ecosystems
                                  Marguerite.Mauritz@nau.edu https://www2.nau.edu/schuurlab-p/Mauritz.html
                                    As arctic temperatures rise, we expect to see dramatic changes due to thawing permafrost soils. Permafrost stores half the total amount of carbon (C) found in soils globally, and twice as much C as is found in the atmosphere. As permafrost thaws, the stored C becomes vulnerable to loss because low temperatures no longer limit […]
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                                  • Meghan Taylor

                                    Postdoctoral Scientist
                                    Biogeochemistry and carbon cycling
                                    Meghan.Taylor@nau.edu https://www2.nau.edu/schuurlab-p/CiPEHR.html
                                      Taylor is interested in Arctic permafrost carbon dynamics and how high latitude biogeochemistry and ecosystem function changes in response to rapid climate change. To quantify these processes, she uses carbon flux measurements and isotope geochemistry within long-term experimental manipulations in Alaskan discontinuous permafrost to develop a mechanistic understanding of ecosystem sinks and sources and how […]
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                                      Xanthe Walker

                                      Postdoctoral Scientist
                                      xanthe.walker@nau.edu
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                                      Walker’s research focuses on the impacts of climate change and disturbance from wildfires on tundra and boreal forest ecosystems. She has experience in fire ecology and using dendrochronology techniques to assess climate change impacts on ecosystem resilience and post-fire succession. Dr. Walker is currently working on the NASA Arctic Boreal Research project to study severe […]
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                                      Melissa Boyd

                                      Graduate Student
                                      mab834@nau.edu
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                                        Haley Dunleavy

                                        Graduate Student
                                        Vegetational shifts in tundra ecosystems; Plant-soil interactions
                                        hd255@nau.edu
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                                          Melissa Enright

                                          Graduate Student
                                          Plant ecophysiology
                                          canopy science
                                          forest ecology
                                          me656@nau.edu
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                                            Bri Finley

                                            Graduate Student
                                            Nutrient cycling in terrestrial systems
                                            Climate change
                                            Greenhouse gas emissions
                                            bkf24@nau.edu
                                              Finley’s research interests involve investigating how human activities affect nutrient cycling in terrestrial systems and possible feedbacks to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. Her interests range from microbial ecology to global change questions. She is interested in continuing research to address pressing ecological questions as well as developing outreach programs to connect people outside […]
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                                              Rebecca Fritz

                                              Graduate Student
                                              Freshwater ecology & foodwebs
                                              Native fish restoration
                                              Fishery monitoring
                                              Microbial ecology
                                              rjf227@nau.edu
                                                Fritz’s graduate work will involve sequencing microbial communities in freshwater systems and incorporating microbes in freshwater aquatic ecosystems! Before coming to NAU, Fritz worked as a fisheries technician on the Idaho Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Studies project with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. She has also worked with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska […]
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                                                Haydee Hampton

                                                NASA Space and Earth Science Fellow Research Associate, Biology, Graduate Student
                                                Global change
                                                Microbial ecology
                                                Haydee.Hampton@nau.edu
                                                  Hampton’s research focuses on the ecology and management of global change, and microbial ecology from humans to the globe. Her research occurs in woodlands and forests in the temperate zone. Through applied research, Hampton hopes to contribute to improvements in ecosystem health and efforts to mitigate global climate change. Current Projects Climate forcing implications of […]
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                                                  Kristyn Hill

                                                  Graduate Student
                                                  Permafrost and carbon dynamics
                                                  paleoclimate
                                                  Arctic climate change.
                                                  kh2285@nau.edu
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                                                    Brian Howard

                                                    Graduate Student
                                                    bh679@nau.edu
                                                      Brian Howard is working to understand what trees grow back, and why, after a large wildfire in the Alaskan tundra. Brian is a second year PhD student in the Plant and Ecosystem Ecology Research (PEER) Lab at Ecoss. His research takes him to Denali National Park in Alaska where the 30,000-acre East Toklat wildfire burned […]
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                                                    • Lindsey Jacobs

                                                      Graduate Student
                                                      Microbes
                                                      ecology
                                                      environment
                                                      llj46@nau.edu
                                                        Lindy Jacobs has already explored the microbiome of the California condor and is now turning to the microbiomes of soils around the world, testing their responses to warming. Lindy is a first-year PhD student in the Hungate Lab at Ecoss. She grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and it was at Los Alamos National […]
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                                                        Briana Jasinski

                                                        Graduate Student
                                                        Permafrost thaw
                                                        Ecosystem shifts
                                                        Global Change
                                                         
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                                                          Nicholas Kainrath

                                                          Graduate Student
                                                          Plant ecology
                                                          soil microbial ecology
                                                          arid land restoration
                                                          Nicholas.Kainrath@nau.edu
                                                            Kainrath’s research is focused on improving plant restoration techniques in sagebrush habitats that have been invaded by Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass). A major component of his study is to determine whether microbial inoculation is a beneficial option for land managers to improve growth and survivorship of transplanted native shrubs and grasses. His study sites are located […]
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                                                          • Xiao-Jun Allen Liu

                                                            Graduate Student
                                                            Soil microbial ecology
                                                            Biogeochemistry
                                                            Global climate change
                                                            xj.allen.liu@gmail.com http://xjaliu.weebly.com
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                                                            Liu’s main research interests include soil microbial ecology, biogeochemistry (carbon and nitrogen cycling) and global climate change. Currently he is working on soil microbial diversity and it affect C cycling in response to substrate (sugar, plant litter or other organic materials) inputs. Also he is looking at what types of genes are encoding C degrading […]
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                                                            Anya Metcalfe

                                                            Graduate Student
                                                            Stream ecology
                                                            Aquatic insect emergence
                                                            af678@nau.edu
                                                              How do dams affect aquatic food webs? That’s one question that brought Anya Metcalfe to NAU, where she’s now a second-year Masters student in Jane Marks’ Lab. Anya’s research is unique at Ecoss because it’s using samples collected by a wide array of citizens rather than trained ecologists. Anya’s research uses insect samples collected by […]
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                                                              Elaine Furlan Pegoraro

                                                              Graduate Student
                                                              Permafrost soils in tundra ecosystems
                                                              Carbon cycle responses to warming temperatures
                                                              efp23@nau.edu https://www2.nau.edu/schuurlab-p/Pegoraro.htm
                                                                Pegoraro’s research interests are aimed at understanding and quantifying carbon cycle responses to warming temperatures and its potential positive feedback on climate change. Her research is focused on permafrost soils in tundra ecosystems. She would like to disseminate scientific knowledge to a general audience. Pegoraro plans to bridge that gap through outreach programs that strive […]
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                                                                Alicia Purcell

                                                                Graduate Student
                                                                Soil microbial ecology
                                                                microbial biogeography
                                                                quantifying soil microbe function
                                                                amp753@nau.edu
                                                                  Full Curriculum Vitae Selected Publications: Purcell, A.M., Mikucki, J.A., Achberger, A.M., Alekhina, I.A., Barbante, C., Christner, B.C., et al. (2014). Microbial sulfur transformations in sediments from Subglacial Lake Whillans. Frontiers in microbiology. 5:594.    
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                                                                  Heidi Rodenhizer

                                                                  Graduate Student
                                                                  Remote sensing techniques
                                                                  spatial patterns of permafrost carbon dynamics
                                                                  hgr7@nau.edu
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                                                                    Emily Romano

                                                                    Graduate Student
                                                                    Permafrost thaw in tundra ecosystems
                                                                    Carbon dynamics of the Arctic
                                                                    elr88@nau.edu https://www2.nau.edu/schuurlab-p/Romano.html
                                                                      While most ecosystem scientists measure the exchange of carbon dioxide between the land surface and the atmosphere vertically, Emily Romano is measuring the sideways flow of carbon. A second year PhD student in Ted Schuur’s lab at Ecoss, she is researching how much carbon is released from thawing permafrost via headwater streams. Emily conducts her […]
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                                                                      Rachel Rubin

                                                                      Graduate Student
                                                                      Extreme environments
                                                                      Global change
                                                                      Field botany
                                                                      rlr276@nau.edu
                                                                      How will grasslands, the largest terrestrial biome on earth, respond to the threats brought by climate change, drought, and disturbance? That’s one of the questions that Rachel Rubin is looking to answer with her PhD studies in the Hungate Lab at Ecoss. In order to determine how climate change will interact with grassland restoration, Rachel […]
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                                                                      Katerina Soldanova

                                                                      Graduate Student
                                                                      Soil microbial communities
                                                                      ks458@nau.edu
                                                                        Soldanova is investigating the microbial activation cascades hypothesis with the goal to elucidate possible activation patterns of soil microbial communities and bring insights into microbe-mediated processes taking place in various ecosystems. Soldanova would like her research to bring useful insights into microbial ecology and to contribute to improving current understanding of ecosystem processes and the […]
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                                                                        Julia Stuart

                                                                        Graduate Student
                                                                        Biogeochemistry
                                                                        boreal and arctic ecosystems
                                                                        peatlands
                                                                        jms2435@nau.edu
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                                                                          Robert Woodruff

                                                                          Graduate Student
                                                                          Microbial ecology
                                                                          climate change
                                                                          isotopic analysis
                                                                          rdw62@nau.edu
                                                                          Woodruff’s graduate work involves analyzing the carbon-14 content of microbial DNA in Alaskan tundra soils to better understand carbon feedback loops and how they relate to global climate change. Before coming to NAU, Woodruff worked as a middle school and high school teacher for thirteen years sharing his excitement and passion for science with students […]
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                                                                          Alessandra Zuniga

                                                                          Graduate Student
                                                                          Soil microbial ecology
                                                                          Decomposition/nutrient dynamics
                                                                           Climate change
                                                                          az336@nau.edu
                                                                            Zuniga’s research focuses primarily on how plants, specifically native grasses, interact with their local soil microbial community, the significance of their association, and what implications this may have on ecosystem processes as well as global climate change. She’s interested in increasing her understanding of  the complex structures of soil microbial communities and how they support […]
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                                                                            César Plaza

                                                                            Visiting Scientist (Marie Curie Fellow)/Scientist & Group Leader, Spanish National Research Council
                                                                            Global carbon cycle
                                                                            Chemistry of soil organic matter
                                                                            Analytical chemistry and spectroscopy
                                                                            cesar.plaza@csic.es https://www2.nau.edu/schuurlab-p/Plaza.html
                                                                              Dr. Plaza is broadly interested in the responses of soil organic matter to climate change in permafrost ecosystems, their impact on ecosystem functioning, and feedback to global warming. Plaza’s research at NAU is particularly focused on the mechanisms and processes that control soil organic matter destabilization and stabilization at the molecular level (http://vulcan.comule.com). Curriculum Vitae
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                                                                            • Joseph C. Blankinship

                                                                              Fellow for Working Group on Soil Carbon Stabilizations at USGS Powell Center
                                                                              joseph.blankinship@lifesci.ucsb.edu https://swes.cals.arizona.edu/
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                                                                            • Zacchaeus Compson

                                                                              Postdoctoral Scientist
                                                                              Zacchaeus.Compson@unb.ca http://canadianriversinstitute.com/cri/about/
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                                                                            • Benjamin D. Duval

                                                                              Assistant Professor of Ecology
                                                                              Benjamin.duval@nmt.edu http://infohost.nmt.edu/~biology/people.html
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                                                                              • Dawson Fairbanks

                                                                                PhD Student/Graduate Researcher
                                                                                dawsonfairbanks@email.arizona.edu http://dawsonfairbanks.weebly.com/
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                                                                              • Shannon Hagerty

                                                                                Graduate Student, Department of Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology
                                                                                shannon.hagerty@lifesci.ucsb.edu https://www.eemb.ucsb.edu/people/students/hagerty
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                                                                                • Michele James

                                                                                  Research Coordinator
                                                                                  Graphic design
                                                                                  Website design
                                                                                  Innovative ways to communicate science
                                                                                  Michele.James@nau.edu
                                                                                    James’ focus has recently changed from aquatic ecology, grant writing and Fossil Creek monitoring to graphic design, website design, and innovative communication of scientific information at Ecoss. James is passionate about communicating scientific information to the public in visually effective and exciting means in order to increase understanding of the importance of ecosystems and the effects […]
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                                                                                  • Adam Langley

                                                                                    Professor of Biology
                                                                                    adam.langley@villanova.edu https://jadamlangley.wordpress.com/
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                                                                                    • Theresa McHugh

                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Microbiology
                                                                                      tmchugh@coloradomesa.edu http://www.coloradomesa.edu/directory/faculty-listing.php
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                                                                                      • Taryn Morris

                                                                                        Postdoctoral Research Fellow
                                                                                        tarynleemorris@gmail.com tarynmorris.weebly.com
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                                                                                      • Ember Morrissey, Ecoss Postdoctoral Scholar, Wins Microbiology Award

                                                                                        Ember Morrissey

                                                                                        Assistant Professor of Environmental Microbiology
                                                                                        ember.morrissey@mail.wvu.edu http://morrisseyem.wixsite.com/morrisseywvu
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                                                                                        Google Scholar page Morrissey’s research focuses on the microbial ecology underlying biogeochemical processes of interest to society. Her work ranges from studying techniques to ameliorate nitrogen pollution to predicting the consequences of climate change associated sea-level rise. Morrissey aims to engage in research that both expands society’s theoretical understanding of how ecosystems function and provides […]
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                                                                                      • Alexa Schuettenberg

                                                                                        Graduate Student
                                                                                        Freshwater microbial communities
                                                                                        aas322@nau.edu
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                                                                                        • Adam Siders

                                                                                          Graduate Student
                                                                                          Structure and function of aquatic ecosystems
                                                                                          acs427@nau.edu
                                                                                            Siders’s research focuses on the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems. Siders hopes to gain a better understanding of the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems, and the biota living in, or depending on them, in order to promote conservation and educate others about the importance of aquatic ecosystems and wetlands. Current Projects How stream […]
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                                                                                          • Photo of postdoctoral scientist Natasja van Gestel

                                                                                            Natasja van Gestel

                                                                                            Assistant Research Professor
                                                                                            Global Change Ecology
                                                                                            Biogeochemistry
                                                                                            natasja.van-gestel@ttu.edu http://www.nvangestel.com/
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                                                                                             Van Gestel’s research focuses on quantitative global change ecology, from biogeochemical cycles to biodiversity to sustainable agriculture. She uses a variety of quantitative approaches, such as data assimilation, meta-analyses and multivariate analyses. She works in a broad array of ecosystems, from deserts to grasslands to forests to the poles, and at different scales, from the […]
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                                                                                          • Portrait of Kees Jan van Groenigen

                                                                                            Kees Jan van Groenigen

                                                                                            Assistant Research Professor
                                                                                            Global carbon cycle
                                                                                            Soil microbiology
                                                                                            Ecological synthesis
                                                                                            kj.vangroenigen@exeter.ac.uk
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                                                                                            Van Groenigen’s research focuses on how management practices and changes in atmospheric conditions affect the flow of C and N through ecosystems. To do this, he often use meta-analytic techniques to synthesize findings in his field of research. Van Groenigen also studies the role of soil microbes in C and N cycling processes, using techniques […]
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