Erika researches ecology and soil biogeochemistry as a PhD candidate at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Her current project focuses on improving soil fertility and sustaining agroecosystems in the face of climate change. Specifically she works with organic amendments such as biochar to sequester soil carbon, increase soil moisture and alter microbial nutrient cycling. Erika received her B.S. from University of Montana in Resource Conservation and participated in the Wilderness and Civilization program. This experience with field-based education lead her to work for several seasons in nature day camps in her home state of Oregon, at the Natural History Museum in Montana, and then as a naturalist guide in the rainforest of SE Alaska. On her off days, you will probably find Erika running trails, salsa dancing, backcountry skiing, cooking new delicious dishes, or rock climbing around the west.