Mary K. Firestone
Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and Plant and Microbial Ecology
Soil microbial ecology: Microbial processing of carbon and nitrogen underlie the capacity of soil to support plant growth in agriculture, rangeland, forests, and wetlands. However the extreme heterogeneity of soil and the scale at which microorganisms interact with their habitat has made understanding the ecology of soil microbes a challenge of long duration. The research done in the Firestone lab aspires to fundamental understanding as well as knowledge applicable to current problems including terrestrial system response to global change, sustainability, biodegradation, and soil structure.
Honors and Awards:
- Fellow- American Geophysical Union 2016
- Betty and Isaac Barshad Chair in Soil Sciences 2016
- CNR Career Achievement Award 2013
- Berkeley Faculty Service Award 2011-12. UC Berkeley Academic Senate.
- Senior Fulbright Fellow, Lincoln University, New Zealand – Nov-Dec 2007.
- Eminent Ecologist in Residence, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, MI, July 1997 & 2007.
- Clark Distinguished Lecturer, Soil Science Society Meetings, Seattle – 2004
- BBSRC Underwood Fellow, York University, UK 2004-05
- Brown & Williamson Distinguished Lecturer, University of Louisville – 2003
- Distinguished Environmental Scientist, Woods Hole – 2002
- Fellow – American Academy of Microbiology – 2002
- Distinguished Scientist, Institute for Ecosystem Studies, N.Y. -1999
- Fellow – Soil Science Society of America – 1995
Recent Former Firestoners