Jocelyn Lavallee

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2019-2020

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Research Summary: Soils contain vast amounts of carbon and nutrients that contribute to plant growth and regulate exchange of greenhouse gases with our atmosphere. I study how carbon and nutrients move through soils, and the factors that speed up or slow down that cycling. I look at ways to increase stores of soil nutrients and carbon to improve soil health and help mitigate climate change. I use a combination of field and laboratory experiments, and modeling to better understand how soils respond to things like farm management practices, warming, and drought so that we can better predict soil responses in the future.