Membership Coordinator & Researchers at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Liaison: Sandra Dooley (UC Irvine)

I am currently a PhD student in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to graduate school, I received by Bachelor’s of Science in biology and environmental studies from Gonzaga University. A productive undergraduate career afforded me the opportunity to travel in both Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, and as a result of my experiences abroad I developed an early interest in research related to global change. My current research examines the role of soil microorganisms in mediating feedbacks between terrestrial ecosystems and global change. In particular, I am interested in understanding how climate warming and environmental disturbance in boreal forests alters the structure, function, and activity of soil microbial communities and how this in turn feeds back to affect ecosystem carbon storage. Through my research I hope to improve our power to predict how terrestrial ecosystems will respond to environmental changes and to develop policy recommendations for global change mitigation. In addition to studying ecology, I enjoy camping, running, traveling, gardening, cooking, reading, and being outdoors.



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