Staff Scientist, Terrestrial Biogeochemist
Samantha is a biogeochemist who studies carbon and nitrogen cycling in plants, soils, and watersheds. Her research investigates the controls on long-term ecosystem development trajectories as well as short-term biogeochemical dynamics, especially in the context of climate and land-use change. She utilizes diverse tools including field and laboratory experiments, remote sensing, and models, with special emphasis on stable isotopes. She received her B.S. from the University of California Berkeley and her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her dissertation research investigated how species composition, topography, and leaf litter dynamics affect soil organic matter and nutrient cycling in tropical forests. As a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Utah, Samantha studied sources and fate of nitrogen in wildland and urban watersheds.