Mark Bradford's picture Mark Bradford

I am primarily interested in how global change will affect the plants, animals and microorganisms that inhabit terrestrial ecosystems, and what the consequences are for soil carbon stores and cycling.

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

Postdocs and Fellows
Sara Kuebbing's picture Sara Kuebbing
Postdoctoral Associate in Forestry and Environmental Studies

I am a plant ecologist studying biological invasions and their impacts on native plant communities and ecosystems. I research the impacts and interactions among co-occurring invasive plant species and how these impacts might differ from invasions by single invasive plants. Currently, I am studying whether trait differences among co-occurring native and nonnative species can predict the magnitude and direction of ecosystem impacts of nonnative plants.

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Annise Dobson
Postdoctoral Associate
Fiona Jevon's picture Fiona Jevon
I am a forest ecologist who likes to ask questions about the link between above-ground and below-ground processes. I'm interested in the feedbacks that exist between plants and thier associated soil microbial communities, as well as the relationship between plant traits and carbon cycling.
Graduate Students
Noah Sokol's picture Noah Sokol
Graduate School Student

Doctoral Candidate, 6th year

My research focuses on plant-soil linkages in the terrestrial carbon cycle. I study how plant inputs go on to form stable soil organic mater (SOM), and how these SOM stocks are altered through deforestation and the spread of invasive species.

Clara Pregitzer's picture Clara Pregitzer
Graduate School Student

Doctoral Student, 3rd 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's picture Dan Kane
Graduate School Student

Doctoral Student, 2nd year

My research focuses on rapid quantification of soil carbon at landscape scales, whether or not soil organic matter can be managed to mitigate the effects of climate change on agricultural productivity, and how carbon becomes stabilized in soils. Currently I am working with the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative to develop a protocol to rapidly estimate soil carbon on rangelands using VIS/NIR technology and geospatial statistical techniques.

Eli Ward's picture Eli Ward
Graduate School Student

MFSc Student, 2nd year

I study the effectiveness of afforestation projects in improving ecosystem function in urban environments. I am particularly interested in plant-soil feedbacks and their impacts on the carbon cycle.

Research Scientists
Stephen Wood's picture Stephen Wood
Associate Research Scientist

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.

Before joining The Nature Conservancy, Steve was a NatureNet Science Fellow at Yale, mentored by Jon Fisher at TNC and Mark Bradford at Yale. He has a PhD from Columbia University, a Masters from Yale F&ES, and a Bachelors from the George Washington University.