Brackenridge Fellowship

2020 Brackenridge Fellow: Katilyn Beidler

Katie Beidler is a Ph.D. candidate working in the lab of Professor Rich Phillips. In her dissertation research, she is exploring how the “hidden half” (i.e., roots and mycorrhizae) contribute to soil carbon and nutrient cycling. By collecting root trait data at forest sites differing in their soil fertility, she hopes to understand how root traits related to decomposability vary along soil fertility gradients. Katie will use the funding provided by the George W. Brackenridge Fellowship to travel to different forest sites within the Smithsonian ForestGEO network, in the hopes of understanding how root traits relate to measures of soil fertility and nutrient cycling.