Allegra Mayer

Allegra Mayer

PhD Candidate

A little bit about myself:

             I am a 3rd year PhD candidate in the Silver Lab working on research for the Marin Carbon Project. I am interested in the biogeochemistry of the soil-atmosphere interface, the potential for land management to enhance soil carbon sequestration, and the magnitude and predictors of a soil carbon saturation threshold.

My first year project examined how the chemical composition of different soil organic amendments affects the balance of nutrient stabilization vs. greenhouse gas stimulation. My current research focuses on improving land management representation in global climate models to determine the potential for land-based climate change mitigation. This research is a collaboration between researchers from ESPM, the Energy and Resources Group, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

Before joining the Silver Lab, I spent a year as a research fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany, where I used radiocarbon to examine the persistence of mineral-associated organic carbon through European soil profiles. I graduated in 2013 from Northwestern University with a BA in Integrated Science, Environmental Science, and Earth and Planetary Science.