Kelsey Crutchfield-Peters

Kelsey Crutchfield-Peters

Graduate Student


Research Interests

My research interests lie in connecting biogeochemical cycles to plant function within forest ecosystems. I am currently interested in investigating where in the soil profile nitrogen (N) is preferentially taken-up in redwoods, and where/how plastic N uptake is in redwood root systems. I aim to use stable isotope and ecophysiological approaches to examine responsiveness of redwood root networks to changes in N source availability, and examine how primary N inputs change year-round and are altered by both biotic and abiotic factors. I would hope to take this research one step further and flesh-out N assimilation and allocation within redwoods to a greater degree, developing a more complete knowledge of whole-organism N dynamics in the coast redwood.




Ph.D. student in Integrative Biology, 2016-present, University of California, Berkeley

B.S. in Biology, 2014, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA; cum laude


Grants and Awards

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, for one year of international travel and study, 2014; $28,000

McCormick Undergraduate Research Scholarship, University of Puget Sound, 2013; $5,500

President’s Scholarship for academic achievement University of Puget Sound, 2010; $8,000


Research Experience

Undergraduate Student Researcher, Belowground Respiration of added C4 carbon to Washington prairie soils 2013-2014, University of Puget Sound, WA

Research Assistant, Summer 2013 and 2014, C4 grassland expansion in the great plains over the last 10 MYA, University of Puget Sound/University of Wyoming joint NSF Project


Presentations and Posters

Speaker at 22nd Annual Murdock Undergraduate Research Conference, Vancouver, WA (2013) and Phi Sigma Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Puget Sound, WA (2014): A stable isotope approach to understanding carbon cycling in prairie soils

Poster presentation at Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver, CO (2013): “Nitrogen in folios lichen: using biogeochemical approaches to examine NOx deposition in Parmelia spp. near major roadways