Lydia J. Smith Vaughn

Graduate Student Research Associate

Building 084, Room 0118L

M/S 74R316C

Phone: 510-495-2223

lydiajsmith@lbl.gov

Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Lydia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Energy and Resources Group at U.C. Berkeley.  Her dissertation research is rooted in two coupled questions: how does climate influence terrestrial ecosystems and how do terrestrial ecosystems influence climate?  To investigate these questions, Lydia studies soil carbon turnover rates, decomposition processes, and their biogeochemical controls.  Using isotopic methods in field experiments and across natural gradients, she has been studying ecosystem-climate feedbacks with the NGEE-Arctic project.  Together with a cross-disciplinary team of field and lab scientists and modelers, Lydia hopes her research will help predict and monitor changes to sensitive Arctic ecosystems.