Research on nutrient recovery and upcycling technologies associated with the Barak Lab and Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling LLC. Also work as a Tropical Soils Consultant in Central and South America and has extensive experience on methods of soil analysis, soil fertility and crop nutrition. And, last but not least, year-round outdoors enthusiast.
Nick’s work is divided between Drs. Soldat and Arriaga research programs. He assists with field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments in Dr. Soldat’s lab in pursuit of optimizing resource inputs in turfgrass systems and understanding and improving urban soils. For Dr. Arriaga’s lab, Nick establishes and performs research that addresses forage and grain production management systems to improve productivity and soil health while reducing impacts to water quality.
Thomas has an MS in Geology from Michigan Technological University. Currently he is working with the Ruark Lab to oversee field and lab processes involving plant and soil health, with a focus on nitrogen fertilizer management. In his free time, he enjoys art, music, collecting rocks and minerals, and exploring/hiking in nature.
Heather is interested in wildlife conservation and disease ecology as it pertains to the surveillance and management of infectious diseases with zoonotic potential. More specifically, she is keen on how behavior, land-use change, and environmental and climate variables influence the interactions between hosts and pathogens and drive disease transmission. She is studying how host behaviors influence environmental contamination and indirect transmission events of chronic wasting disease. She combines field sampling with biochemical and molecular biology techniques to evaluate the relative magnitude of chronic wasting disease prions in mechanical vectors and environmental reservoirs (i.e., soil) for indirect transmission.
Kelsey is a Research Specialist for the Whitman Lab. She received her MS in Agroecology from UW-Madison and her BS in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from UC Davis. She is interested in carbon cycling and ecosystem services. In her free time, she enjoys birding, gardening, and cooking.