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2004-2010 Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. Dissertation: Landscape heterogeneity in the soil nitrogen cycle of an alpine-subalpine ecosystem. Mentor: Dr. William D. Bowman

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

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


Research Experience

2021-present. Associate Professor, University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Biological Sciences.

2015-2021 Assistant Professor, University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Biological Sciences.

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

2010-2013. Postdoctoral Research Associate. University of Toledo, Department of Environmental Sciences, laboratory of Dr. Michael Weintraub.

2004-2010 Dissertation research. University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, laboratory of Dr. William D. Bowman.

2004. Research intern. Desert Research Institute, laboratory of Dr. John A. Arnone III.

2001-2003. Honors thesis. University of California, Berkeley, Department of Integrative Biology, laboratories of Dr. Carla M. D’Antonio and Dr. Todd E. Dawson, with Dr Eric Berlow.

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

2000. Independent research, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Integrative Biology, laboratory of Dr. Cheryl Briggs, with Dr. Martha Hoopes.

1997-1998. Independent research. Stanford University, Departments of Pathology and Cancer Biology, laboratory of Dr. Teresa Wang, with Dr. Ralph Davis.


Grant Funding

2024. Kukreja, Kalpana (Lead), Darrouzet-Nardi-Anthony (Co-Lead). New insights into phosphorus (P) acquisition strategies by quantifying untargeted metabolites in dryland soils Instrument usage award; in-kind value $68,000. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL).

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

2017. Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing, Biogeochemistry.

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.


Peer-reviewed publications

Darrouzet-Nardi, A., Siles Asaff, I., Mauritz, M., Roman, K., Keats, E., Tweedie, C.E., McLaren, J.R., 2023. Consistent microbial and nutrient resource island patterns during monsoon rain in a Chihuahuan Desert bajada shrubland. Ecosphere 14 e4475. [DOI]

Hoellrich, M.R., James, D.K., Bustos, D., Darrouzet-Nardi, A., Santiago, L.S., Pietrasiak, N., 2023. Biocrust carbon exchange varies with crust type and time on Chihuahuan Desert gypsum soils. Frontiers in Microbiology 14 1128631. [DOI]

Maestre, F., Le Bagousse-Pinguet, Y., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., et al. (121 total authors), Darrouzet-Nardi, A. (2022). Grazing and ecosystem service delivery in global drylands. Science 358, 915-920. [DOI]

Adelizzi, R., E. A. O'Brien, M. Hoellrich, J. A. Rudgers, M. Mann, V. M. C. Fernandes, A. Darrouzet-Nardi, E. Stricker. (2022) Disturbance to biocrusts decreased cyanobacteria, N-fixer abundance, and grass leaf N but increased fungal abundance. Ecology 103:e3656. [DOI]

Weber, B., Belnap, J., Büdel, B., Antoninka, A.J., Barger, N.N., Chaudhary, V.B., Darrouzet-Nardi, A., Eldridge, D.J., Faist, A.M., Ferrenberg, S., Havrilla, C.A., Huber-Sannwald, E., Malam Issa, O., Maestre, F.T., Reed, S.C., Rodriguez-Caballero, E., Tucker, C., Young, K.E., Zhang, Y., Zhao, Y., Zhou, X., Bowker, M.A. (2022) What is a biocrust? A refined, contemporary definition for a broadening research community. Biological Reviews [DOI]

Young, K. E., S. Ferrenberg, R. Reibold, S. C. Reed, T. Swenson, T. Northen, and A. Darrouzet-Nardi. (2022) Vertical movement of soluble carbon and nutrients from biocrusts to subsurface mineral soils. Geoderma 405:115495. [DOI]

Young, K. E., S. C. Reed, S. Ferrenberg, A. Faist, D. E. Winkler, C. Cort, and A. Darrouzet-Nardi. (2021) Incorporating biogeochemistry into dryland restoration. Bioscience 71:907-917. [DOI]

Martinez, J., J. McLaren, C. E. Tweedie, and A. Darrouzet-Nardi. (2021) Soil enzymes are preferentially associated with larger particles in highly organic Arctic tundra soils. Elementa 9:00020. [DOI]

Stricker, E., G. Crain, J. Rudgers, R. Sinsabaugh, V. Fernandes, C. Nelson, A. Giraldo-Silva, F. Garcia-Pichel, J. Belnap, and A. Darrouzet-Nardi. (2021) What could explain d13C signatures in biocrust cyanobacteria of drylands? Microbial Ecology 81:134-145. [DOI]

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]

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.



Soil Ecology (BIOL 5301/BIOL 4395)
Spring 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2019, Fall 2022

Organismal Biology (BIOL 1306)
Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Spring 2022

Professional Development (BIOL 3192)
Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022

Advances in Ecological Theory (BIOL 5301)
Spring 2020, Fall 2022

Advanced Data Analysis and Visualization (BIOL 5327)
Spring 2018, Spring 2021


Professional Service

2017-2021. Associate Editor at Plant Ecology and Diversity

Peer journal article review for journals including: Nature Communications, Ecosphere, Elementa, Ecosystems, Science of the Total Environment, Ecosystems, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Biogeochemistry (reviewer award in 2017), New Phytologist, Journal of Soils and Sediments, Plant and Soil, Biogeosciences, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, JGR Biogeosciences, Functional Ecology, & Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Proposal review: Reviewer and panelist for National Science Foundation and Department of Energy.

Student poster judge: Ecological Society of America, Soil Ecology Society, American Geophysical Union

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


Community Service

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

1999, 2002-2003. Counselor, Youth in Science, San Jose State University.

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


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