Justin is a broadly trained environmental scientist and ecologist whose work is focused on both fundamental and applied aspects of terrestrial ecosystem biogeochemistry. More specifically, his research addresses the complex relationships between the nitrogen cycle, human activity, and the terrestrial carbon sink and can be broken into two main areas of inquiry. First, how are global environmental changes altering the nitrogen cycle and how are these affecting ecosystem carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions? Second, how can ecosystems be managed to best achieve climate mitigation and sustainability goals (e.g., increase soil organic carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions). Justin is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Matt Ruark and Dr. Becky Larson in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison. At present, Justin’s work at UW-Madison is focused on better understanding how cyanobacteria biofertilizers affect aspects of soil biogeochemistry critical to sustainable nutrient management.
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