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I'm a forest soil scientist and biogeochemist whose research has expanded into the limnology  of temperate and polar ecosystems. I am particularly interested in interactions between climate, atmospheric deposition, and the cycling of C, N and P within soils and across the terrestrial-aquatic interface. 

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My first book 'Plastic Purge' is now out from St. Martin's Press. It's been chosen as a finalist in the 2014 Books for a Better Life Awards. My writing and photography have also appeared in The New York Times, Backpacker Magazine, Buzfeed, Grist, Parade and more. 


I'm a Senior Scientist at The National Ecological Observatory Network & and an Assistant Professor Adjoint at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado Boulder. I'm also the author of the award nominated book 'Plastic Purge' (St. Martin's Press, 2014). I love wild places, travel, & my daughter.