Boreal Forest Research

I conducted my PhD research on nitrogen cycling patterns in black spruce forests of Alaska while working in Ted Schuur's Ecosystem Dynamics Laboratory at University of Florida.  

This research used detailed measurements of nitrogen (N) isotope ratios throughout boreal black spruce forests of central Alaska to reconstruct the form, pathway, and proportional flux of N from soils, through symbiotic ectomycorrhizal fungi, to host plants.  I also modeled how multiple metrics of soil fertility shape the elemental composition of plants and fungi and how dual isotope approaches can be used to differentiate the ecological roles of fungi collected anywhere in the world.