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
Jessica Moore

Jessica A. M. Moore

Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Post-doctoral Researcher

jessica.moore[at]unh.edu
Jessica's website

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.

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.

Adriana L. Romero-Olivares
Greg Pec

Gregory J. Pec

PhD, 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.

Mark Anthony

M.S., University of New Hampshire

Ph.D. Student

mat5955[at]wildcats.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.

Mark Anthony
Emily Whalen

Emily Whalen

B.S., University of Vermont

M.S. 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.

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.

Shana Whitney
Christine Bunyon

Christine Bunyon

Undergraduate Student

Lab Technician

cb2000[at]wildcats.unh.edu

Christine is working towards a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. In the Frey lab, she performs various methods of data collection and analyses in order to assist grad students and post docs with their dissertation and thesis research.

Savannah Cooke

Undergraduate Student

Lab Technician

sc1100[at]unh.edu

Savannah has an Associate's degree in Biotechnology from Mount Wachusett Community College. She is working towards a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in Medical Lab Science. In the Frey lab, she manages the fungal restoration project and performs various tasks to assist graduate students with their research.

Savannah Cooke
Christina Lyons

Christina Lyons

Undergraduate Student

Lab Technician

ca11037[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.


Alumni


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

Amber Kittle, B.S. Sustainable Agriculture

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 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