I am a soil scientist and rhizosphere ecologist who examines how various management practices influence soil and rhizosphere interactions for enhanced agronomic performance and ecological function. I am particularly interested in determining how different sources of nitrogen fertilizer, perenniality, and crop diversity influence root production, belowground carbon inputs, soil carbon permanence, and nitrogen use efficiency. I have also worked with several interdisciplinary teams to identify farmer perceptions of soil health and global climate change.
In my role within the SENR and the Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation (InFACT) my focus will be on the soil-plant-water-animal-human nexus to enhance climate resilience of agroecosystems through adaptation and mitigation strategies that improve resource use efficiency, sustain productivity, restore soil ecosystem services, and improve carbon sink capacity.
Prior to joining The Ohio State University, I completed a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Biology at Columbia University, where I examined the relationship between soil carbon dynamics and crop productivity in small holder farming systems in Kenya and Tanzania. I hold a Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Sciences and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior from Michigan State University, and received both a B.S. in Forest Resources and a B.A. in Program on the Environment from the University of Washington with a minor in Human Rights.