I am an ecologist and biogeochemist interested in how plant-microbial interactions impact ecosystem function and soil carbon storage in northern systems. My graduate research investigates the impact of climate-change associated reductions in peatland water table height on microbial growth and community structure, enzyme production, and greenhouse gas emission in a large peatland near Orono, Maine. As microbial communities mediate both peat decomposition processes and plant nutrient uptake, their functional responses to climate change will likely impact the carbon balance of terrestrial systems. I also use auto chambers to measure methane and carbon dioxide fluxes at the Department of Energy’s SPRUCE (Spruce and Peatland Responses to Climate and Environmental Change) Experiment near Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The SPRUCE experiment attempts to understand the integrated impacts of climate change on peatland ecosystem function through air warming, deep soil warming, and elevated atmospheric CO2 treatments.