I am an Associate Professor in Biology and Environmental Science at Whittier College, a Liberal Arts College located in Southern California, near Los Angeles. Broadly, my research focuses on soil science and biogeochemistry and I am particularly interested in understanding the effects of global change on soil processes and soil carbon cycling and stabilization. My work spans across ecosystems, from temperate forests, to grasslands, to urban systems.
At Whittier College I teach courses in environmental science, long-term environmental change, and soil science. I also offer short-term courses abroad to learn different approaches to sustainability. In my lab I engage undergraduate students in soil-related research and together we work on publications and conference presentations.
Forests (and forest soils!) are my happy place. I will never grow tired of learning from these uniquely resilient ecosystems.