Broadly, Brooke is interested in terrestrial ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry. She likes thinking about microbial linkages between global change and ecosystem-scale processes and is especially interested in questions that will both advance understanding of nutrient cycling dynamics and address knowledge gaps for management/mitigation purposes in the face of global change.
Brooke is currently focused on better understanding the influence of geomorphology, climate, and biological diversity on nitrogen cycling and limitation in lowland tropical forests and the underlying mechanisms of control. She is also a student in the MBL’s “Reverse Ecology” IGERT program, where she and her cohort are working to integrate net generation sequencing into improving understanding of nitrogen cycling in salt marsh systems. In addition to her research, Brooke enjoys designing and participating in creative communication and outreach efforts to connect the public and decision makers to science.