National Soil Monitoring Network - CSU-NREL and USDA-NRCS
Describing a soil core with NRCS soil scientists in Colorado
Following completion of my PhD, I worked as a Research Associate III at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. I was a member of team of researchers focused on a collaborative project with USDA-NRCS on the development and implementation of a national soil monitoring network across the contiguous US. I also oversaw laboratory analyses and data generation, handling, quality assurance and archival for the large-scale soil monitoring network. This included management of research technicians and undergraduate students.
I was fortunate enough to sample soils and work directly with NRCS field staff in Texas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa and Illinois.
I provided training and field support for the USDA-NRCS collaborators and served as a liaison between local and national agency offices and university investigators.
While at CSU, I also had the opportunity to take a week-long course about the Century and DayCent ecosystem models and subsequently apply this training to model N20 emissions from cropping rotations in Germany and Ireland.