Environmental and Climate Sciences
Supervising Faculty: Richard Norby and David Weston
Kristine is involved with the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments – Tropics project (NGEE-Tropics) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The tropics comprise a significant carbon sink, but are poorly represented in global ecosystem models currently applied to predicting the pace and risk of climate change. NGEE-Tropics aims to improve these models by bringing together empiricists and modelers to improve tropical forest representation. Kristine’s research focuses on understanding plant-microbial interacts that mediate nutrient acquisition, particularly of phosphorus. Under elevated CO2 conditions, lack of nutrients may constrain plant growth suggesting a need to understand mechanisms through which plants and microbes alleviate nutrient limitation.
Bachelor of Sciences in Molecular Environmental Biology - University of California, Berkeley