I am a new PhD student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology working with Dr. Francesca Cotrufo. My undergraduate studies at Yale University concentrated on both the social and natural sciences exploring climate change policy and conducting paleoclimate research in a geochemistry lab. Upon graduating I worked in international voluntary and regulatory carbon markets focusing on carbon accounting, particularly within the agriculture and forestry sectors. This work lead to my increased interest in carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems, GHG emissions from land use, nutrient cycling and climate change mitigation. My graduate research, working with the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies, will focus on the impacts of biochar soil amendments in both managed forest and agricultural ecosystems.