About me

I am a terrestrial biogeochemist and global change ecologist studying the impacts of changing precipitation regimes and nitrogen deposition on ecosystem functioning. I currently work with Pete Homyak and Darrel Jenerette to examine how soil N cycling responds to rainfall across a nitrogen deposition gradient.

I recieved my PhD in 2019 from the University of Illinois’s Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology where I was advised by Dr. Wendy Yang. My dissertation research focused on understanding how increased rainfall intensity as a result of climate change alters the production and consumption of greenhouse gases in soils. I use stable isotope techniques to measure which processes are responsible for specific C and N transformation pathways, and molecular techniques to relate soil microbial community composition to chemical transformation rates.

Contact Information:

Email: krichel2@illinois.edu

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