People in the Lab
Serita FreyPh.D., Colorado State University
UNH Faculty Profile
114 James Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Mel KnorrM.S., Ohio State University
Supervisor Laboratory Researchermel.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 GeyerPh.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Post-doctoral Researcherkevin.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.
Jessica A. M. MoorePh.D., University of Tennessee
Jessica is investigating how global changes such as warming and nitrogen-deposition affect soil microbial community structure and function. Microbial activity is a pivotal step in soil carbon dynamics – they can both decompose soil carbon and cause it to accumulate. Shifts in soil carbon generate feedbacks between global change and microbial activity.
Eric MorrisonM.S., University of New Hampshire
Eric is interested in how microbial communities mediate biogeochemical cycles, especially in the context of global change. Specifically, he researches the impacts of temperature and N deposition on fungal ecology and physiology, and the impacts of these global change stressors on fungal-mediated carbon cycling.
Mark AnthonyM.S., University of New Hampshire
Ph.D. Studentmat5955[at]wildcats.unh.edu Mark Anthony researches microbial responses elicited by the introduction of non-native invasive species, emphasizing Alliaria petiolata; garlic mustard. Specifically, Mark is interested in the allelopathic defenses of A. petiolata and how allelochemicals may influence saprotrophic and mycorrhizal fungal community composition in addition to processes involved in organic matter/ nutrient transformations.
Emily WhalenB.S., University of Vermont
M.S. Studentedw1002[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.
Shana WhitneyUndergraduate Student
Shana is working towards a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability with a minor in Information Technology. In the Frey lab she performs molecular biology and soil biogeochemistry analyses for various projects.
Amber KittleUndergraduate Student
Lab Technicianakittle[at]wildcats.unh.edu Amber is working toward a B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems with an emphasis in Soil Ecology and Sustainability. In the Frey lab she performs various methods of data collection and analyses in order to assist grad students with their dissertation and thesis research.
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 New Hampshire
Janice Gilbert, PhD; Wetland Ecologist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
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
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;
Sarah Eisenlord, REU student; Lab Technician, University of Michigan
Ashley Fetterman, REU student; Microbiologist, NovoBiotic Pharmaceuticals
Alison Grantham, REU student; PhD student, Penn State University
Lindsey Scott, REU student; Sturgis Charter Public School, Hyannis, MA.
Chelsea Vario, REU student; PhD student, Dartmouth