About me

I am a biogeochemist and global change ecologist studying the impacts of rainfall intensification and increased temperatures on ecosystem functioning. I work with Dr. Wendy Yang and am a PhD candidate in the University of Illinois’s Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology.

My dissertation research focuses 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.

I have studied interactions between climate change and ecosystem functioning in diverse environments including agricultural fields in Illinois, montane rainforests in Panama, and arctic tundra in Alaska.

Contact Information:

Email: krichel2@illinois.edu

Office/Mail : 632 Morrill Hall, 505. S Goodwin Ave. Urbana, IL 61801

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