Ellery Vaughan

PhD Aspirant

I moved to Berkeley from Flagstaff, AZ where I completed my M.S. in Biology at Northern Arizona University studying boreal forest ecology and nutrient cycling in Interior Alaska. I investigated how the effects of 20 years of N x P fertilization on nutrient cycling and ecosystem C storage varied across three forests that represented different stages of post-wildfire succession. Informed by my experience working across ecosystems, from NYC wetlands to the Alaskan Arctic tundra, my research interests are driven by a desire to understand how climate change is affecting biogeochemical cycles so that we can better manage ecosystems for resiliency and sustainability. In the Silver lab, I am excited to dive into soil biogeochemistry and conduct research to examine the mechanisms and processes that regulate C, N and P cycling within ecosystems.