People

IMG_5022Dr. Susan E. Crow is an Assistant Professor of Soil Ecology and Biogeochemistry in the Natural Resources and Environmental Management Department within the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and an affiliate of the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Hawaii Manoa.  She studies the natural carbon cycle and human impacts on the soil environment and serves as a co-PI of a USGS Powell Center Working Group “What lies below” and member of the Kukaniloko Master Planning Working Group.  Crow is an associate editor for the journal Biogeochemistry and belongs to the American Geophysical Union, Soil Science Society of America, Soil and Water Conservation Society, and International Soil Carbon Network.

IMG_0990Christine Tallamy Glazer – Christine Tallamy Glazer is lab manager of the Soil Ecology and Biochemistry lab. She received her MS in Marine Science, with a concentration in Marine Biology/Biochemistry, from the University of Delaware.  Upon her arrival on Oahu in 2004, she conducted biogeochemical research utilizing stable isotopes to trace microbial nutrient cycles in recirculating aquaculture systems as a research associate at the Oceanic Institute. After two years at the Oceanic Institute, she taught high school math and science for three years, then returned to the lab as an analyst for the Biogeochemical Stable Isotope Facility at the University of Hawaii. Christine was recently certified as a Community Emergency Response Team member.  She enjoys snorkeling, hiking, swimming, and spending time with her husband and two young children.

Current Students:

 Bio_WellsJon Wells (Ph.D.) – Improving the sustainability of bioenergy systems through efficient conversion and carbon economy.

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Richardson (M.S.) – Originally from Oahu, I earned my B.S. through the NREM Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. My research interests are soil microbiology, soil health, and the how soils can relate to global sustainability. I enjoy surfing, hiking, and digging holes.

 

 

 

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Hannah Hubanks (M.S.) – I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and proceeded to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving a degree in Zoology with certificates in Environmental Studies and African Studies. For as long as I can remember, I have asked the “why and how” questions about nature’s workings, cuddled any critter that will allow me to do so, and spent as much time as possible in the outdoors, the wilder the better. My love and fascination for nature developed into a career path aimed at preserving it.

I furthered my global understanding of environmental issues and implications by backpacking for nearly two years, and have brought back those diverse perspectives and experiences to life in the United States and here on Oahu where I am now pursing a Master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management with a focus on soil health and sustainability. My interests in soil health go beyond the laboratory and I aim to make connections with farmers and community members that have a close relationship with the future of soil ecosystem health. When not working, I can typically be found at the beach, in the ocean, or hittin’ the trails.

Bio_WatkinsGenelle Watkins (M.S.) – I am a Master’s student at the University of Hawaii of Mānoa. My research interests are primarily in Conservation and Sustainability. At my undergraduate institution, the University of La Verne, my BS is in Integrative Biology with a concentration on Environmental Science. As a part of my senior thesis, I worked with local elementary school students and faculty to analyze diesel toxicity in their community. At UHM, my current research looks into mangrove forest conservation in East Africa. I am working with local communities to develop a strategy to conserve and restore mangrove forests to help maintain their livelihoods. I have a passion for sustainability and hope to better this planet through citizen science research that directly involves people and communities to make a positive global impact.

McGrath_pic2_soilandcarbonCasey McGrath (M.S.) – As a New England native, I received my B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Hydrology from the University of New Hampshire. During my time at UNH I worked as a state park ranger naturalist, a storm water specialist for the Department of Transportation and a lab technician in both a university global water quality lab and a U.S. Forest Service water and soil lab. Though being a park ranger and storm water specialist was exciting, I found the greatest excitement and satisfaction through my lab and research experiences. During the end of my time at UNH, I had the wonderful opportunity as an undergraduate to study on the effects of land use change on fish and macroinvertebrate biodiversity in Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand.

This experience ignited my passion for more land use and climate change driven research. I became interested in getting involved with research projects focused on the way the biosphere interacts with the atmosphere and developing models for predicting the impacts of climate change. Luckily, I am able to participate in this type of research here at the Crow Lab as a M.S. student in Natural Resources and Environmental Management at UH Manoa! My research involves developing the relationship between experimental tropical soil warming and carbon release into the atmosphere. This study will mimic the warming effect of climate change as predicted for 2100 and provide insight into the changes global temperature rise might bring into the natural carbon cycle. Aside from being interested in the effects of soil warming on carbon flux, I am interested in earth systems modeling and analysis through programs like ArcGIS and MATLAB. When I’m not in the lab or up at the research site at the Lyon Arboretum, I love to go backpacking, swimming and swing dancing! 

image3.jpgAnnika Little (B.S.) – Natural Resources and Environmental Management major.  Annika contributes to research on the Biochar Project, with a focus on water stable aggregate formation and soil carbon sequestration.  Her work is in a Mollisol amended with biochar and cultivated for napiergrass, a tropical perennial C4 grass with high potential as a feedstock for biofuel in a zero-tillage management system.

 

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Steven Leone (B.S) – Geology (B.S.), second degree student.  I attended Hofstra University in New York where I conducted paleoclimatological research with the Hofstra University Center for Climate Studies. Our project focused on sediment core analysis of known storm induced overwash tongues.  Hurricane Sandy provided a tragic yet scientifically valuable opportunity to study before and after effects of hurricanes in vulnerable coastlands.  Through this endeavor, I presided over the Geological Society of America’s first conference session on Hurricane Sandy’s impacts on coastal environments.

My goal is to pursue an M.S. in NREM at UH Mānoa.  To that end, I worked with the Crow Lab this summer to help convert an overgrown jungle patch into a Deep Soil Warming field site for a long term, manipulative experiment to test the effect of warmer soil on ecosystem processes and carbon biogeochemistry.  I am currently learning how to program with Python and am working on the temperature sensor network for the field site at the Lyon Arboretum.  I also maintain this website.  When I am not in the field or the lab, you can find me hiking, swimming in the ocean, tinkering with my Raspberry Pi or watching old episodes of Star Trek.

Lab Alumni:

Adel Youkhana 2011-2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, “Water and carbon footprint and plant parameters of biofuel production on the HC&S sugarcane lands on Maui, Hawaii”.

Lauren Deem M.S. 2016 NREM “Mechanistic understanding of improvements in yield and sustainability of biochar-amended soil”.  Currently a Crop and Soil Scientist at Kuo Testing Labs, Othello, Washington.

Jabez Meulemans M.S. 2016 NREM “Systems approach to assessing the environmental and economic sustainability of food and fuel crops with biochar soil amendment”. Currently he is the Environmental Services Coordinator for Jefferson Country in Colorado (Denver area). In his job, Jabez tackles sustainability issues through renewable energy initiatives and water/energy efficiency and conservation projects.

Konni Biegert Institute of Soil Science and Land Evaluation, University of Hohenheim, Germany, M.S. 2015 “Biochar effects on greenhouse gas emission from two Hawaiian arable soils”.

Olivia Schubert Technician 2015-2016

Nancy Parker Technician 2015-2016

Michelle Lazaro M.S. 2015 NREM Recipient of the 2013 Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation Graduate Fellowship in NREM, “Optimization of baseline soil carbon stock assessment across the Hawaiian Islands”. Currently a Natural Resources Specialist, Presidential Management Fellows (STEM) Program at the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, OR.

Whitney Ray M.S. 2015 NREM “Greenhouse gas emission balance of biofuel feedstock for potential carbon trading”.  Currently Manager, Impact-Directed Environmental Accounts at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, San Francisco, CA.

Hironao Yamazaki M.S. 2013 NREM “Alteration in soil carbon pools following land use and management change for bioenergy feedstock production”.

Meghan Pawlowski (Lind) M. S. NREM 2013 “Greenhouse gas flux and fine root dynamics of sugarcane and Napier grass under deficit irrigation”.  Previously, an Environmental Specialist V for the Texas Department of Transportation. Currently an Ecologist/Project Manager for Cox-McLain Environmental Consulting, Inc., Austin, Texas.

Mataia Reeves M.S. 2012 “The potential carbon sequestration of Eucalyptus grandis in conjunction with its use as a biofuel feedstock”.  Currently a Research Associate at Pioneer Hi-Bred, Waimea, HI.

Yudai Sumiyoshi M.S. 2012 “Belowground carbon cycle of Napier and Guinea grasses grown for sustainable biofuel feedstock production”, degree awarded December 2012.  Awarded “Best NREM Master’s Student Presentation” at the 2011 CTAHR Student Research Symposium. Awarded “2011 Outstanding Student Paper Award” from the Biogeosciences Section of the American Geophysical Union.

Undergraduate Lab Alumni:

Maxim Irion · Sebastian Sievert · Winter Lim · Jeremiah Hasley · Derek Risch · Kimber Troumbley · Kat Hiu · Eryn Opie · Sean Reseigh · Davis Turner · Erika Mizokuchi · Mark Miller · Heather Kikkawa