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Ashley Keiser

Assistant Professor
Soil and Ecosystem Ecology
Stockbridge School of Agriculture
311 Paige Lab
UMASS Amherst
161 Holdsworth Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9286

Human activities have redistributed carbon and nutrients throughout the globe, which have contributed to ecosystem shifts ranging from warming temperatures to prevalence of algal blooms. Plant and soil communities mediate the exchange of these resources. Our ability to predict how atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations and other biogeochemical cycles will change over the coming century is critically tied to our ability to mechanistically describe plant and soil community function and interactions.  The goal of my research program is to identify processes that control the exchange of carbon and nutrients between plant and soil communities.