2004-2010 Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research.

1999-2003. B.A. University of California, Berkeley. Integrative Biology with Honors.

1995-1999. Mountain View High School, Mountain View, California.


Research Experience

2015-present. Assistant Professor, University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Biological Sciences.

2013-2014. Postdoctoral Research Associate, laboratory of Dr. Jayne Belnap and Dr. Sasha Reed, Canyonlands Research Station, U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS), Moab UT.

2010-2013. Postdoctoral research. Changing seasonality of plant-soil interactions in the arctic tundra, laboratory of Dr. Michael Weintraub.

2004-2010 Dissertation research. Landscape heterogeneity of nitrogen cycling in an alpine-subalpine ecosystem, laboratory of Dr. William Bowman.

2004. Internship at the Desert Research Institute with Dr. John A. Arnone III. Acclimation of prairie plants to altered climate.

2001-2003. Honors thesis with Dr. Carla D'Antonio, Dr. Todd Dawson, and Dr. Eric Berlow. Sagebrush invasion in Sierra Nevada Meadows

2001. Semester abroad on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia (Tahiti). Moth diversity and role in plant pollination.

2000. Independent research with Dr. Cheryl Briggs and Dr. Martha Hoopes. Parasitoid dispersal and foraging behavior.

1997-1998. Independent research at Stanford University: Departments of Pathology and Cancer Biology. Function of a truncated subunit of DNA polymerase alpha.


Grant Funding

2020-2025. Network Cluster: Patterns and controls of ecohydrology, CO2 fluxes, and nutrient availability in pedogenic carbonate-dominated dryland critical zones. Jin, Lixin (Principal), Darrouzet-Nardi, Anthony (Co-Principal), Lougheed, Vanessa L (Co-Principal), Ma, Lin (Co-Principal), McLaren, Jennie R (Co-Principal), Gutierrez-Jurado, Hugo A (Other), Karplus, Marianne (Other), Gill, Thomas E, Mauritz-Tozer, Marguerite E (Other). $5,269,319. NSF Division of Earth Sciences.

2020-2022. MRI: Acquisition of inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometer for research and education uses in water, energy, and environmental sciences. Engle, Mark (Principal), Jin, Lixin (Co-Principal), Ma, Lin (Co-Principal), Walker, William S. (Co-Principal), Darrouzet-Nardi, Anthony (Supporting), Gill, Thomas E (Supporting). $131,324. NSF Major Research Instrumentation

2019-2022. MRI: Acquisition of a carbon dioxide isotope analyzer for monitoring real-time carbon fluxes in extreme environments and training the next generation of environmental scientists. Darrouzet-Nardi, Anthony (Principal), Jin, Lixin (Co-Principal), Gutierrez-Jurado, Hugo A (Other), Lougheed, Vanessa L (Other), Tweedie, Craig E (Other), Mauritz-Tozer, Marguerite E (Other), McLaren, Jennie R (Other). $131,324. NSF Major Research Instrumentation

2019-2022. Combine sensors, geophysical survey and geochemical tools to investigate pedogenic carbonate precipitation and carbon dioxide emission in irrigated soils of aridlands. Jin, Lixin (Principal), Darrouzet-Nardi, Anthony (Co-Principal), Doser, Diane I (Co-Principal). $683,756. NSF Division of Earth Sciences

2016-2021. Collaborative Research: Testing the fungal loop hypothesis for Carbon and Nitrogen cycling in dryland ecosystems. Darrouzet-Nardi, Anthony (Principal), Sinsabaugh, Robert (Co-Principal), Rudgers, Jennifer (Supporting), Belnap, Jayne (Supporting). $769,702 (total grant $1.5 million). NSF Division of Environmental Biology.


Past Funding and Awards

2009. John W. Marr Ecology Fund, University of Colorado at Boulder

2009. Student Research Grant, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, CU Boulder

2008. Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation.

2005-2008. Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation.

2002-2003. Beckman Scholars Program, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

2001. Biology Fellows Program, Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

2000. Research Experience for Undergraduates, National Science Foundation.



Bonilla-Bird, N., Y. Ye, T. Akter, C. Valdes-Bracamontes, A. Darrouzet-Nardi, G. Saupe, Geoffrey, J. Flores-Margez, L. Ma, J. Hernandez-Viezcas, J. Peralta-Videa, J. Gardea-Torresdey. (2020) Effect of copper compounds on two varieties of sweet potato plants. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 154:277-286. [DOI]

Stricker, E., G. Crain*, J. Rudgers, R. Sinsabaugh, V. Fernandes*, C. Nelson, A. Giraldo-Silva, F. Garcia-Pichel, J. Belnap, A. Darrouzet-Nardi §. (2020) What could explain δ13C signatures in biocrust cyanobacteria of drylands? Microbial Ecology. [DOI]

Darrouzet-Nardi, A., H. Steltzer, P. F. Sullivan, A. Segal, A. M. Koltz, C. Livensperger, J. P. Schimel, and M. N. Weintraub. (2019) Limited effects of early snowmelt on plants, decomposers, and soil nutrients in Arctic tundra soils. Ecology and Evolution 9:1820-1844 [DOI]

Livensperger, C., H. Steltzer, A. Darrouzet-Nardi, P. F. Sullivan, M. Wallenstein, and M. N. Weintraub. 2019. Experimentally warmer and drier conditions in an Arctic plant community reveal microclimatic controls on senescence. Ecosphere 10(4):e02677 [DOI]

Rudgers, J.A., E. Dettweiler-Robinson, J. Belnap, L.E. Green, R.L. Sinsabaugh, K.E. Young, C.E. Cort, and A. Darrouzet-Nardi. (2018) Are fungal networks key to dryland primary production? American Journal of Botany 105:1–5. [DOI]

Crain, G., J. McLaren, B. Brunner, and A. Darrouzet-Nardi. (2018) Biologically Available Phosphorus in Biocrust-Dominated Soils of the Chihuahuan Desert. Soil Systems 2:56. [DOI]

Darrouzet-Nardi, A., S.C. Reed, E.E. Grote, J. Belnap, (2018) Patterns of longer-term climate change effects on CO2 efflux from biocrusted soils differ from those observed in the short-term. Biogeosciences 15:4561–4573. [DOI]

Tan, W., W. Du, A. Darrouzet-Nardi, J. Hernandez-Viezcas, Y. Ye, J.R. Peralta-Videa, J.L. Gardea-Torresdey (2018) Effects of the exposure of TiO2 nanoparticles on basil (Ocimum basilicum) for two generations. Science of The Total Environment 636:240-248. [DOI]

McLaren, J.R., Darrouzet-Nardi, A., Weintraub, M.N., Gough, L. (2017) Seasonal patterns of soil nitrogen availability in moist acidic tundra. Arctic Science 4:98-109. [DOI]

Reed, S.C., F.T. Maestre, R. Ochoa-Hueso, C.R. Kuske, A. Darrouzet-Nardi, M. Oliver, B. Darby, L.G. Sancho, R.L. Sinsabaugh, and J. Belnap. (2016) Biocrusts in the context of global change. Pages 451-476 in Biological Soil Crusts: An Organizing Principle in Drylands. Springer. [DOI]

Livensperger, C., Steltzer, H., Darrouzet-Nardi, A., Sullivan, P.F., Wallenstein, M.D., Weintraub, M.N. (2016) Earlier snowmelt and warming lead to earlier but not necessarily more plant growth. AoB Plants 8. [DOI]

Darrouzet-Nardi, A., Reed, S.C., Grote, E.E., Belnap, J. (2015) Observations of net soil exchange of CO2 in a dryland show experimental warming increases carbon losses in biocrust soils. Biogeochemistry. 126:363-378 [DOI]

Melle C.A, Wallenstein, M.D., Darrouzet-Nardi, A., Weintraub, M.N. (2015) Microbial activity is not always limited by nitrogen in Arctic tundra soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 90:52-61 [DOI]

Darrouzet-Nardi. A., and M.N. Weintraub. (2014) Evidence for spatially inaccessible labile N from a comparison of soil core extractions and soil pore water lysimetry. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 73:22-32 [DOI]

Darrouzet-Nardi, A., Ladd, M.P., Weintraub, M.N., (2013) Fluorescent microplate analysis of amino acids and other primary amines in soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 57:78-82 [DOI]

Darrouzet-Nardi, A., Erbland, J., W.D. Bowman, Savarino, J., and Williams M.W. (2011) Landscape-level nitrogen import and export in an ecosystem with complex terrain, Colorado Front Range. Biogeochemistry 109:271-285. [DOI]

Lieb, A., A. Darrouzet-Nardi, and W.D. Bowman. (2011) Nitrogen deposition decreases buffering capacity of alpine soils in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Geoderma 164:220-224. [DOI]

Darrouzet-Nardi, A., and W.D. Bowman. (2011) Hot spots of inorganic nitrogen availability in an alpine-subalpine ecosystem, Colorado Front Range. Ecosystems 14:848-863. [DOI]
(Includes description of the R package hotspots.)

Zhou, X., Y. Luo, C. Gao, P.S.J. Verburg, J.A. Arnone III, A. Darrouzet-Nardi, and D.S. Schimel. (2010) Concurrent and lagged impacts of an anomalously warm year on autotrophic and heterotrophic components of soil respiration: A deconvolution analysis. New Phytologist 187:184–198. [DOI]

Darrouzet-Nardi, A. (2010) Landscape heterogeneity of differently aged soil organic matter constituents at the forest-alpine tundra ecotone, Niwot Ridge, Colorado, U.S.A. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 42:179-187. [PDF]

Darrouzet-Nardi, A., C.M. D'Antonio, and E.L. Berlow. (2008) Effects of young Artemisia rothrockii shrubs on soil moisture, soil nitrogen cycling, and resident herbs. Journal of Vegetation Science 19:23-30. [PDF]

Darrouzet-Nardi, A., C.M. D'Antonio, and T.E. Dawson. (2006) Depth of water acquisition by invading shrubs and resident herbs in a Sierra Nevada meadow. Plant and Soil 285:31-43. [PDF]

Darrouzet-Nardi, A., M.F. Hoopes, J.D. Walker, and C.J. Briggs. (2006) Dispersal and foraging behavior of Platygaster californica: Hosts can't run, but they can hide. Ecological Entomology 31:298-306. [PDF]


Other publications

Darrouzet-Nardi, A. 2016. Biogeochemistry on the Range: The Arising Researcher. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 97:365—366. [link]

Darrouzet-Nardi, A. 2008—present. Anthony’s Science Blog. 174 posts on science-related topics.


Teaching Experience

Soil Ecology (BIOL 5301/BIOL 4395)
Spring 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2019

Organismal Biology (BIOL 1306)
Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2020

Professional Development (BIOL 3192)
Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

Advances in Ecological Theory (BIOL 5301)
Spring 2020

Advanced Data Analysis and Visualization (BIOL 5327)
Spring 2018


Volunteer Work

2010-2015. Webmaster and email list moderator, Ecological Society of America Biogeosciences Section.

2007-2010. Board of Directors, Boulder Housing Coalition.

1999, 2002-2003. Counselor and photographer at Youth in Science. (Ten day field science camp in the Sierra Nevada for underprivileged youth run by San Jose State University. I was paid in 1999.)

1998. Summer. Volunteer Park Ranger (Volunteers-In-Parks). Hovenweep National Monument, Utah.


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