- Curriculum Committee
- Associate Professor
My research centers on the interactions between soils and plants. Soils and plants are in a give-and-take relationship. Plants combine carbon from the atmosphere with nutrients TAKEN from soils. Then dead plants GIVE carbon and nutrients back to the soil, which new plants can then TAKE these nutrients from the soil once again. My research explores both sides of this relationship, the soil biota involved, and how humans can either interfere or enhance soil-plant interactions.