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Kevan J. Minick


Ph.D. Candidate


Kevan’s research focuses on the linked cycles of C and nitrogen in a novel loblolly pine-switchgrass bioenergy production system.

Daniel G. DeBruler


M.S. Student


Daniel is working to quantify the long-term of impacts of forest harvest removals and vegetation control on phosphorus availability and forest productivity.

Bethany N. Avera


M.S. Student


Beth is using a chronosequence approach to evaluate the restoration of forest ecosystem function following surface mining in southern Appalachia.

Kristin M. McElligott


Ph.D. Student


Kristin is working to understand how climate gradients affect the  partitioning of heterotrophic and autotrophic components of soil respiration across the range of loblolly pine.

See yourself here?


To learn more about opportunities for undergraduate participation in the lab, please visit the Join Us! page or contact me directly.  You can even just drop by if you like.

I’m in 228F Cheatham and would be happy to see you.

Postdocs and Technicians

Undergraduate Students

Katie E. Correll


Ph.D. Student


Katie is using canopy-level hyperspectral reflectance to predict foliar nitrogen stable isotope signatures in order to predict ecosystem nitrogen dynamics across large spatial scales.

Lab Alumni

Zach D. Addington, B.S.  2011

Samantha J. Day, B.S., 2012

R. Sean Allen, M.F., 2012

Patricia A. Brousseau, M.S., 2012

Nina G. Craig, M.S., 2012

Laura J. Lorentz, M.S., 2013

Paliza Shrestha, M.S., 2013

Lara K. Nichols, M.S., 2013

Brett C. Heim, M.S., 2013

Dr. Raj K. Shrestha


Postdoctoral Research Scientist


Raj’s primary goal is to fill the knowledge gap regarding the effects of forest fertilization on soil greenhouse gas emissions.

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We’re always interested in adding new members to the lab.  Please visit the Join Us! page to learn about any specific opportunities, or feel free to contact me.

Graduate Students

Dave Mitchem


Laboratory Manager


Dave keeps our analytical facilities running, including everything from instrument operation and maintenance, QA/QC, student training and oversight, and generally making the world go around.

Brian D. Strahm


Assistant Professor of Forest Soils and Biogeochemistry


Virginia Tech

Department of Forest Resources

    & Environmental Conservation

228 Cheatham Hall (0324)

Blacksburg, VA  24061





Phone:  540-231-8627


Fax:  540-231-3330


Email:  brian.strahm@vt.edu

Brett W. Rivers


M.S. Student


Brett is interested in the seasonal dynamics of interspecific root competition and how it influences productivity and soil processes.