I am an EPA STAR fellow and PhD candidate in the department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology at Columbia University. My research encompasses biogeochemistry, plant ecophysiology and the response of terrestrial ecosystems to global change. Within this I am specifically interested in patterns, trajectories and controls of the nitrogen and carbon cycles. For my dissertation I am examining the mechanisms by which temperature controls patterns of nitrogen fixing tree abundance across latitude. My research uses a combination of experimental (field, greenhouse and growth chamber) approaches and theoretical modelling. In my PhD I am advised by Duncan Menge but I also work closely with Kevin Griffin.