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Alix Contosta
Research Assistant Professor
Earth Systems Research Center

I am interested in how soils respond to human disturbances, and how these responses impact the roles soils play in ecosystems and the services soils provide to society. My work primarily focuses on interactions between land use and climate, with particular emphasis on tradeoffs between carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions from soils under a variety of land uses and management regimes. I also study winter ecology, especially the ways in which winter climate change impacts terrestrial ecosystems. I utilize a combination of innovative field and lab experiments, state-of-the-art environmental sensors, and data-model integration to address questions in these research areas.

Courses I have taught in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment include: Introduction to Soil Science, Studio Soils (an introductory course utilizing hands-on, active learning approaches), and Soil Ecology.

CV (Curriculum Vitae)