Projects

Environmental Justice on the Radio

If this is the first time you've seen the phrase 'environmental justice' I can promise you it won't be the last. Although my academic career narrowly focuses on soil science, once I learned a bit of political ecology and place-based history I found myself obsessed with the concept of environmental justice. This is an obsession that will hopefully be intertwined in my future career, so here's my very basic understanding of what I've learned thus far.

My love of Mountain Biking Meets Soils

I was riding bikes before I was digging holes, but the more holes I dug the more I liked mountain biking. I was interviewed by a science journalist who like mountain biking and wanted to learn a bit about soil. Especially that sweet sweet loam.

My Background

I grew up along California’s San Juaquin Delta, in the shadow of a Chevron oil refinery. Luckily, I had parents who thought it was cool to hike miles into the Sierra Nevada mountains, poop in holes you frantically dug, and sleep on the ground for fun!

Memorable Episodes from Inspiration Dissemination

I've been a co-host of this radio show & podcast show beginning in 2014. Each on-air interview is preceded with a written blog post advertising my fellow graduate students. This is a brief overview of some of them.

Big Data for Big Problems - The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

The NEON project was at its infancy when I began my dissertation. They were literally building and installing the ~30 sites around North America at the same time they were sampling soils for my project. Although my PhD focuses on the soils aspect, there is a wealth of publicly available data being generated that any scientist should be aware of.

How to dig a perfectly square hole at the HJ Andrews experimental forest

Ever wanted to see how perfectly square a 1x1x1 meter cube you could dig? Well neither have I! But it turns out, ecosystem-level carbon accounting require very precise partitioning of biomass pools to be effective.

Intensive Biomass Harvesting in the Oregon Cascades for Long-Term Soil Productivity (LTSP)

Forest management has strong effects on the landscapes, but what happens to soil carbon - and therefore site productivity - following intensive biomass harvesting?

Inspiration Dissemination - Radio show, podcast, and blog

Doing the research is *never* as fun as talking about it. This radio show & podcast is for and by graduate students at OSU so we can all stay curious about the world around us.