UC Merced - University of California, Merced
PhD, Environmental Systems , University of California, Merced , In Progress
B.S., Environmental Science , University of Vermont , 2012
I am broadly interested in the effects of global change (particularly changes in climate and fire regimes) on soil microbial communities and the biogeochemical processes that they control. I pair traditional biogeochemical assays with next-generation high-throughput sequencing of microbial DNA and metagenomics to understand linkages between microbial community structure and function. I am in Stephen Hart's Ecosystem Ecology Lab, and much of my research takes place in the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory.
CZO Research Groups
Ecological and genomic attributes of novel bacterial taxa that thrive in subsurface soil horizons. Brewer, Tess E., Emma L. Aronson, Keshav Arogyaswamy, Sharon A. Billings, Jon K. Botthoff, Ashley N. Campbell, Nicholas C. Dove, Dawson Fairbanks, Rachel E. Gallery, Stephen C. Hart, Jason Kaye, Gary King, Geoffrey Logan, Kathleen A. Lohse, Mia R. Maltz, Emilio Mayorga, Caitlin O’Neill, Sarah M. Owens, Aaron Packman, Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Alain F. Plante, Daniel D. Richter, Whendee L. Silver, Wendy H. Yang, Noah Fierer (2019): mBio Oct 2019, 10 (5) e01318-19 Cross-CZO National
Dust outpaces bedrock in nutrient supply to montane forest ecosystems. Aciego, S.M.; Riebe, C.S.; Hart, S.C.; Blakowski, M.A.; Carey, C.J.; Aarons, S.M.; Dove, N.C.; Botthoff, J.K.; Sims, K.W.; Aronson, E.L. (2017): Nature Communications
Meta-analysis reveals ammonia-oxidizing bacteria respond more strongly to nitrogen addition than ammonia-oxidizing archaea . Carey, C.J., Dove, N.C., Beman, J.M., Hart, S.C., Aronson E.L. (2016): Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry. 99. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.05.014.
Papers and books that explicitly acknowledge a CZO grant are highlighted in PALE ORANGE.
Geospatial techniques for fieldbased research: case studies in NW Baja California & Yosemite NP. Dove, N (2016): California Geographic Information Association Annual Geosummit. Merced CA
Fire reduces fungal species richness and mycorrhizal colonization: A meta-analysis. Dove, N., Hart, S. (2016): ESA Annual Meeting 2016
28 Mar 2017 - A team of researchers found that dust provides a much greater amount of nutrients to vegetation in the Sierra Nevada than previously thought.