Lab Member Profiles

Mark Bradford

My work spans questions that address uncertainties in Earth system feedbacks to quantifying soil health outcomes and forest processes. I am primarily interested in how organisms and their interactions affect decomposition and soil carbon stocks.

email . Personal Website . Google Scholar profile . ResearcherID . @bradfordlab

Research Scientists
Steve Wood

Steve is a soil scientist in the Global Lands team of The Nature Conservancy and has a joint appointment as an Associate Research Scientist at Yale F&ES. He is working to develop cutting-edge science to support soil activities across The Nature Conservancy. He has an interdisciplinary background, with degrees in ecology, economics, and philosophy. Steve’s topical expertise is in soil and ecosystem ecology, sustainable agriculture, sustainability science, and statistical modeling.


Postdocs and Fellows
Annise Dobson

My research is motivated by forest conservation for all, particularly in urban and mangaged forests. I am interestedin the role of soil fauna in community and nutrient dyamics within these ecosystems.


Graduate Students
Emily Oldfield

Doctoral Candidate, 5th year

I am interested in how soil organic matter (SOM) contributes to soil function. Specifically, my research focuses on SOM’s contribution to the productivity and resilience of agricultural landscapes.


Clara Pregitzer

Doctoral Candidate, 4th year

My research falls broadly within the fields of applied and basic forest ecology. I am interested in understanding how the urban context can influence forest structure and function and how to best manage complex and dynamic landscapes for the future. Currently I am using forest assessment data to guide forest management and restoration targets for New York City. 

More about my work in NYC can be found here


Dan Kane

Doctoral Student, 3rd year

My research focuses on rapid quantification of soil carbon at landscape scales and how soil carbon could be managed to mitigate the effects of climate change on agriculture. I am the lead researcher on Quick Carbon (, a research project at Yale F&ES focused on developing tools to rapidly estimate soil carbon using VIS/NIR technology and machine learning.

email . Personal Website

Eli Ward

Doctoral Student, 1st year

My research focuses on feedbacks between invasive plants and soil nutrient availability with implications for ecological restoration. Specifically, I am interested in studying the effectiveness of current management practices, such as invasive species removal, on the restoration of soil processes and whether additional site treatments may be required to restore soil function and limit reinvasion.


Kristy M. Barnes

Doctoral Student, 1st year

I am interested in the ecosystem services provided by large mammals as well as the impacts of local or regional extinction. More specifically, I explore the impact of migratory mammals on soil dynamics, nutrient cycles, and carbon storage.