GRADUATE STUDENTS

Jane K. Martinez
Jane's Ph.D. project focuses on soil enzyme activities in Arctic tundra ecosystems. She has collected samples from the Barrow, Alaska area and is studying the microsites within the soil in which enzymes are operating as well as working on some proteomic analysis to work towards identifying the enzymes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Catherine Cort
Cat's Ph.D. work focuses on our fungal loop project where she has taken on a core role in implementing our tracer studies of C and N translocation in biocrust-plant-fungal system of dryland soils. She is also interested in fungal genetics and is working to expand our knowledge of the type of fungi that are ecologically important in drylands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Viridiana Orona
Viri's master's work focuses on quantifying spatial variation in CO2 in dryland soils.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kalpana Kukreja
Kalpana's Ph.D. work focuses on quantifying metabolites in soils using targeted and untargeted metabolomic analyses, particularly the role of organic acids in phosphorus acquisition in drylands.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lindsey Dacey
Lindsey's M.S. work focuses on understanding plant water availability within our dryland critical zone network of sites.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Briana Salcido
Briana's M.S. work focuses on temporal CO2 soil efflux dynamics in response to rainfall and irrigation events
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 

LAB ALUMNI

Kristina Young (completed Ph.D. July 2021)
Kristina's Ph.D. work focused on soil nutrient flux in biocrusts on the Colorado Plateau. She also explored applying biogeochemical approaches to improving dryland restoration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alejandro Lara (completed M.S. July 2020)
Alex's master's project focused on developing automated CO2 chambers that are using to explore partitioning of CO2 fluxes from soils at a site on the Jornada Experimental Range.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grace Crain (completed M.S. August 2018)
Grace's master's project focused on the role of phosphorus in biocrust-dominated soils. She studied fractions of phosphorus and used radiolabel to track the incorporation of phosphorus into soils from the Jornada Experimental Range. She also contributed to several parts of the fungal loop project, especially in a collaborative study of the natural abundance isotope ratios of cyanobacterial filaments.
 
 

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