I use biogeochemistry to study the ways in which human management and disturbance influence ecosystem function. In particular, I focus on patterns in plant- and soil- mediated nutrient cycling.
Previous and ongoing projects
soil microbial activity in campsites
Recreational camping is wildly popular. The study of its impacts in ecology are less so. I explored the dual impacts of mesquite trees' fertility islands and recreational camping disturbance on soil microbial activity in a semiarid savanna of Southern Arizona.
n cycling in sacred COAstal forests
Sacred forests in coastal Kenya are precious global biodiversity hotspots. As conservation efforts abound in this fragmented system, it is important to learn about the functional value of these remnant forest stands. This project is currently in its early development stages.