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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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      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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      • Portrait of Greg Caporaso

        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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      • Portrait of Debbie Huntzinger

        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

        Affiliated Faculty/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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          • Portrait of Jamie Brown with hot springs in the background

            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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            • Portrait of Chris Ebert, visiting researcher in a forest

              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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                • 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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                  • Portrait of Sally Evans with her dog

                    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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                      • Portrait of Gerardo Celis sitting with trees in the background.

                        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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                                    • Portrait of Rebecca Fritz at a creek with a dog.

                                      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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