Ashley Keiser

ecosystem ecologist

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You’ve reached the research page for Ashley Keiser, a NatureNet Science Fellow with the University of Minnesota and The Nature Conservancy. I am an ecologist working at the interface of above- and below-ground communities. My interests include ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, soil ecology, climate change, and invasive species. Through my research program, I examine local, mechanism-driven questions, which have advanced ecological theory regarding microbial community function, and landscape-level biogeochemical inquiries that link ecosystem function with land management decisions. Overall, my work expands our understanding of how soil microbial communities function and interact with the environment, exhibited through carbon and nitrogen dynamics. This is critical for creating realistic C and N budgets at local and regional scales. Because this work examines biogeochemical effects across the landscape, it will help us to better understand impacts to hydrological and atmospheric systems as well as human populations. Ultimately, I hope that my work will contribute to more informed land-use and policy decisions.

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