People in the Lab
Serita FreyPh.D., Colorado State University
UNH Faculty Profile
114 James Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Alix ContostaPh.D., University of New Hampshire
Alix's Forest Ecosystems Page
NSRC Profile Alix is interested in understanding how soils respond to natural disturbances and human activities, and how these responses impact both the roles that soils play in ecosystems and the services that soils provide to society. Her research investigates how climate change, acid deposition, land use, and agricultural management affect soil nutrient cycling, soil carbon sequestration, and greenhouse gas emissions.
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.
Eric MorrisonM.S., University of New Hampshire
Eric completed an M.S. degree in Microbiology in 2012 and continues to work in the Frey lab studying ecology and evolution of saprotrophic fungi. Eric is interested in understanding the properties of microbial communities that determine functional responses to global changes, and bioinformatics.
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
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
Lab Techniciansan227[at]wildcats.unh.edu 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.
Linda van Diepen, Post-doc; Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming
Rachel Thiet, Post-doc; Core Faculty, Antioch University—New England
Sarah Andrews, PhD; Lecturer, Great Bay Community College
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