Hands and ferns

Ferns sampled for isotopic analyses, Newfoundland, Canada

Dr. Sharon Billings Dr. Sharon Billings, Principal Investigator
I am an ecosystem ecologist with interests that include biogeochemistry, soil organic matter dynamics, stable isotope ecology, and climate change.  I work at the interface of the biotic and abiotic worlds, trying to understand how vegetation and microbes both respond to and shape the chemical and physical environment.  I explore the conditions that prompt microorganisms to vary rates of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide production, and attempt to assess those gases’ fates in soil profiles.  I use tree rings to try to understand how climate and disturbances influence tree growth patterns and survival.  I also explore how vegetation can influence soil development, depending on ecosystem maturity.
Contact information:
785-864-1560
sharon.billings@ku.edu
C.V.
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Emma Hauser, Ph.D. aspirant

emhauser@ku.edu

Lígia Souza, Ph.D. aspirant

ligiaftsouza@gmail.com

Soudeh Ghasemian, Ph.D. aspirant

soudeh.ghasemian@gmail.com

Rena Stair, Undergraduate research assistant
Dexter White, Undergraduate research assistant
Rachel Jenkins, Undergraduate research assistant

Alumni

Former post-docs and associate researchers

Christoph Lehmeier Christoph Lehmeier, post-doctoral scholar 2011-2013 and associate researcher 2015-2017, soon to be at the University of Munich
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Samik Bagchi, post-doctoral scholar 2015-2017, now at Black and Veatch

 

Dr. Kate Buckeridge Dr. Kate Buckeridge, post-doctoral scholar 2013-2015, now a post-doc at Lancaster University, UK
Kate’s web site
Jianwei Li Jianwei Li, post-doctoral scholar 2009-2012, now a faculty member at Tennessee State University

Former Ph.D. students

Kyungjin Min

Kyungjin (KJ) Min, Ph.D. 2017

 

Alexis Reed Alexis Reed, Ph.D. 2012
Lisa Tiemann Lisa Tiemann, Ph.D. 2011, now a faculty member at Michigan State University

Former Master’s student

Betsy Elizabeth Gaydess, Master’s 2006

Former Visiting Scholar

Huang Zhiqun Dr. Zhiqun Huang, Fuijan Normal University,China (2014-2015)

Former undergraduate researchers

Keelen Barger Keelan Barger, Undergraduate Research Technician
Samantha Elledge Samantha Elledge, Undergraduate Research Technician
carl pic Carl Heroneme, Undergraduate Researcher
soil_pit Rebecca Flournoy, student in NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in 2015, from Tulane University
Julia Yang Julia Yang Undergraduate Honors Researcher
Yanjun Chen Yanjun Chen, Undergraduate Researcher, now a graduate student at Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Mitch Mitch Sellers, Undergraduate Researcher, now a graduate student at CU Denver.
Francisco Murphy Francisco Murphy, student in NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in 2013, now a graduate student at the University of Toronto
 Nichole Niehues edited_260x0 Nicole Niehues, Undergraduate Researcher, now a graduate student at the University of California Davis
 nameer-baker-2-copy_med Nameer Baker, Undergraduate Researcher, now a Ph.D. student at UC Irvine
 felton_web_small Ryan Felton, Undergraduate Technician
TatarkoAnna_260x0 Anna Tatarko, Undergraduate Technician
Laurel Haavik Laurel Haavik, Undergraduate Honors Research and Fellowship awardee, now a Ph.D. level researcher at the U.S. Forest Service in Minnesota
Ryan Rastok Ryan Rastok, Undergraduate Technician, now a graduate student at the University of Arkansas
 Michelle Mubarak Michelle Mubarak, Undergraduate Technician
 Alison King Alison King, Undergraduate Honors Researcher, now a graduate student at Iowa State
 Caroline Hill Caroline Hill, Undergraduate Researcher, now a medical student at KU Med
alex bittel Alex Bittel, Undergraduate Technician, now a graduate student at KU in Dr. Bryan Foster’s lab
Upper Bear Creek-2 Lisa Tiemann, student in NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in 2005 from the University of Colorado Boulder (Lisa became a Ph.D. student in my lab in 2006 and now is a faculty member at Michigan State)
E3_aerial Courtney Brewer, student in NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in 2004
drewdodson Drew Dodson, Undergraduate Assistant
 yenle Yen Le, Undergraduate Assistant
image not avail Trisha Schrum, Undergraduate Assistant
image not avail Rebecca Russell, Undergraduate Assistant