Frey Lab | UNH Natural Resources

People in the Lab


Serita Frey

Ph.D., Colorado State University

Principal Investigator

serita.frey[at]unh.edu
UNH Faculty Profile
(603) 862-3880
114 James Hall, Durham, NH 03824

Serita Frey
Mel Knorr

Mel Knorr

M.S., Ohio State University

Supervisor Laboratory Researcher

mel.knorr[at]unh.edu

Mel Knorr manages Serita’s soil microbiology lab, works closely with graduate students on their various projects and maintains several long-term experiments at the Harvard Forest LTER. Her specific interests involve exploring relationships among C and N cycling and microbial community composition as impacted by chronic warming and N deposition.

Kevin Geyer

Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Post-doctoral Researcher

kevin.geyer[at]unh.edu

Kevin is a postdoc studying the metabolism of organic matter by forest soil microorganisms. Knowing how and when microbes grow using the food they eat has important consequences for soil fertility and carbon dioxide emission to the atmosphere. Kevin is broadly interested in biogeochemistry and microbial ecology, particularly in the context of climate change effects.

Kevin Geyer
Adriana L. Romero-Olivares

Adriana L. Romero-Olivares

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Post-doctoral Researcher

adriana.romeroolivares[at]unh.edu Adriana's website

Adriana investigates how the invisible power-players of ecosystem dynamics, a.k.a. microbes, adapt to global climate change. She uses traditional ecological and microbiological methods, as well as cutting-edge technology, to assess changes to our ecosystems and to answer questions important to microbial ecosystem ecology. Ultimately, she wants to provide knowledge that will help us plan and relieve the effects of global climate change on Earth.

Gregory J. Pec

Ph.D., University of Alberta

Post-doctoral Researcher

gregory.pec[at]unh.edu Greg's website

Greg is an ecologist with broad research interests on the role of disturbance, environmental heterogeneity, plant-soil interactions, and species interactions in shaping the structure and functioning of ecological communities. Greg is currently investigating the effects of soil warming, nitrogen deposition, and plant invasion on fungal community structure.

Greg Pec
Mark Anthony

Mark Anthony

M.S., University of New Hampshire

Ph.D. Student

mat5955[at]unh.edu

Mark Anthony studies the response of saprotrophic and plant-assocated fungi (plant pathogens and mycorrhizae) to Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard), an introduced mustard in North America. His work emphasizes interactions between invasion and other global change stressors, as well as the evolutionary adaptions of mustards that maintain their non-mycorrhizal statuses.

Emily Whalen

M.S., University of New Hampshire

Ph.D. Student

edw1002[at]wildcats.unh.edu

Emily is interested in understanding how long-term nitrogen deposition to soils affects decomposition dynamics and microbial community structure and function. She is particularly interested in the role that manganese plays in fungal decomposition of leaf litter.

Emily Whalen
Shana Whitney

Shana Whitney

B.S., University of New Hampshire

M.S. Student

san227[at]wildcats.unh.edu

Shana is interested in how microbial communities, as well as individual microbes, mediate biogeochemical cycles. Specifically, she is studying the role fungal ecology and physiology play in the interaction between soil carbon dynamics and soil organic matter composition.

Ben Mason

B.S., University of Montana

M.S. Student

bjm1044[at]wildcats.unh.edu

Ben is interested in how microbial community structure and function are affected by environmental changes. He is primarily focused on the role of fungal communities in carbon cycling in terrestrial forests.

Ben Mason
Amber Kittle

Amber Kittle

B.S., University of New Hampshire

Lab Technician

Amber.Kittle[at].unh.edu

Amber has a B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. She is interested in soil ecology and its role in carbon cycling. In the Frey lab, she collects soil microbial community data using Phospholipid Fatty Acid Analysis (PLFA) and gas chromatography. Additionally, she’s experienced in other areas of lab function and data collection.

Christina Lyons

Undergraduate Student

Lab Technician

cal1037[at]wildcats.unh.edu

Christina is working towards a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus in soil and watershed management. In the Frey lab, she performs various methods of data collection and analyses for current projects going on in the lab.

Christina Lyons
Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson

Undergraduate Student

Lab Technician

ekj1006[at]wildcats.unh.edu

Emily is working towards a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus in ecology. In the Frey lab, she helps graduate students and post-doctoral researchers with various methods of data collection for current projects.


Alumni



Savannah Cooke, B.S.;

Christine Bunyon, B.S.; Project Scientist 1, FB Environmental

Eric Morrison, PhD; Post-doc, University of California, Irvine

Kim Celona, B.S.; Research Technician, The Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, Northern Arizona University

Linda van Diepen, Post-doc; Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming

Rachel Thiet, Post-doc; Core Faculty, Antioch University—New England

Alix Contosta, PhD student and postdoc; Assistant Research Professor, University of New Hampshire

Sarah Andrews, PhD; Post-doc, University of Colorado, Boulder

Janice Gilbert, PhD; Wetland Ecologist, Consultant, and Advisor, Ontario, Canada

Liz Landis, MS; PhD Student, Tufts University

Katie Burnham, MS; US Parks Service, Yosemite National Park

Bill Errickson, MS

Lindsey O’Reilly, MS; Soil and Wetland Scientist, Gove Environmental Services

Eric Saas, MS; Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Heather Smith, MS; Science Teacher, Spaulding High School, NH

Rodney Simpson, MS; Post-doc, Colorado State University

Tonia White, MS

Meghan Thornton, REU student; MS student, University of New Hampshire

Lisa Graichen, REU student; Climate Adaptation Program Coordinator, UNH Cooperative Extension

Sarah Eisenlord, REU student; Research Scientist, Gas Technology Institute

Ashley Fetterman, REU student; Microbiologist, NovoBiotic Pharmaceuticals

Alison Grantham, REU student; Director of Food Systems Research, Blue Apron

Lindsey Scott, REU student; Research Assistant, Woods Hole Research Center

Chelsea Vario, REU student; Managing Consultant, Opinion Dynamics, San Francisco