With the start of fall semester, the lab is as big as it's ever been and we are happy to welcome our new members, and celebrate new accomplishments!
We are so excited to have Gina Chaput as our newest Microbiology graduate student in the lab! Gina has her B.S. in Genetics from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied with Dr Estelle Hrabak. Here she wrote an honors thesis studying how the accD gene in Chlorella variabilis produces the enzyme that influences lipid content for biodiesel production. She was also an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Ihab Farag’s Lab, studying Pyrolysis oil (Bio-oil) enhancement as well as Chlorella microalgae growth conditions in municipal waste water.
Soil sustains life in many ways, but soil is also a limiting and non-renewable natural resource. Current best practices, including “organic” and “sustainable” agriculture, have become both movements as well as trademarks. At best these practices and associated regulations aim to protect this valuable resource. At worst, these practices are expensive and may be harmful to the sustainability of soil and ecosystems.
In January of 2014, we were notified of the acceptance of our proposal for funding, entitled "Changes in Soil Carbon Dynamics in Response to Long-Term Soil Warming - Integration Across Scales from Cells to Ecosystems". This award is for three years of study, and the PIs are Dr. Kristen DeAngelis, Dr. Jeffrey Blanchard (UMass Biology) and Dr. Jerry Melillo (The Ecosystems Center, MBL).