People in the Lab


Serita Frey

Ph.D., Colorado State University

Principal Investigator

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

Serita Frey
Alix Contosta

Alix Contosta

Ph.D., University of New Hampshire

Research Scientist

alix.contosta@unh.edu
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.

Linda van Diepen

Ph.D., Michigan Technological University

Research Scientist

lvandiep@gmail.com
Linda's web page

Linda's research interests lie in the field of ecosystem science with a focus on the role of the microbial community in biogeochemical processes such as nutrient and carbon cycling. She is interested in understanding the responses of an ecosystem to various disturbances and how soil processes and plant-microbe interactions mutually control these ecosystem responses.

Linda van Diepen
Sarah Andrews

Sarah Andrews

B.S., Clemson University

Ph.D. Candidate

sef6@wildcats.unh.edu

Sarah's research interests are in wetland soil ecology and science education. Her early Ph.D. research explored the effects of plant community structure on methane dynamics in freshwater emergent marshes. More recently she has been researching student performance, perspectives, and intellectual development in the context of an introductory soil science course taught in an active learning environment.

Jesse Sadowsky

M.S., Michigan Sate University

Ph.D. Student

jesse.sadowsky at wildcats.unh.edu

Jesse Sadowsky joined the Frey lab as a Natural Resources and Earth Systems student in 2011. For his dissertation research, Jesse studies how fungal communities influence organic matter transformations and storage in chronic nitrogen-enriched, soil carbon-aggrading temperate forests. Outside of research, Jesse enjoys bowling, collecting and critiquing music, and (mostly vegetarian) cooking.

Eric Morrison

Eric Morrison

M.S., University of New Hampshire

Ph.D. Student

eric.morrison@unh.edu

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.

Elisabetta Tomé

M.S., University of Padua (Italy)

Ph.D. Student

Free University of Bolzano (Italy)

elisabetta.tome@natec.unibiz.it

Elisabetta is a visiting scholar from Italy that joined the Frey Lab in July 2013. She is interested in the contribution of roots and mycorrhizal fungi in C cycling with a specific focus on agro-forestry ecosystems. Her work at the Frey Lab involves the study of fungal biomass, soil microbial communities and root biomass in different land uses.

Mark Anthony

Mark Anthony

B.A., Hampshire College

M.S. Student

mat5955@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.

Mel Knorr

M.S., Ohio State University

Supervisor Laboratory Researcher

mel.knorr@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.

Mel Knorr
Brian Godbois

Brian Godbois

B.S., University of New Hampshire

Research Associate

btv4@unh.edu

Brian contributes to monitoring soil C & N pools and fluxes with changing climate in the state of New Hampshire. He is interested in and contributing to the design, installation, assembly, programming, operation and maintenance of sensor systems for a statewide network of terrestrial and climate sensors to understand the complex interaction of the environment (land use and population growth) and changing climate with ecosystems in New Hampshire.

Lisa Graichen

B.S., University of New Hampshire

Lab Technician

lisag0624@yahoo.com

Lisa recently finished a B.S. in Environmental Conservation Studies at UNH and is enjoying getting research experience at the lab, doing a little bit of everything! She completed short-term research projects evaluating reforestation efforts during study abroad semesters in Ecuador and New Zealand, and did an REU project last summer at the lab looking at the potential impacts of N enrichment on fungal growth using samples from Puerto Rico.

Lisa Graichen
Chris Cook

Chris Cook

B.S., Plymouth State University

Lab Technician

ccook7@plymouth.edu

Chris graduated with a degree in Environmental Planning. He is interested in climate change, ecosystem services and greenhouse gas emissions. He currently works on the state wide soil sensor network and soil core analysis of different land uses while enjoying the field and lab work that both entail.


Alumni


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

Janice Gilbert, PhD; Wetland Ecologist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

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

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