Ashley D. Keiser

Ashley D. Keiser

Assistant Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture


Ph.D., Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
M.Phil., Yale University
B.S. University of New Hampshire 

Research Area: Evolution and Ecology, Plant Environment Interactions
Field of Study:   Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology; Climate Change Biology; Soil Ecology; Biogeochemistry
Office: 311 Paige Laboratory University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003

Dr. Keiser is an ecosystem ecologist working at the interface of plant and soil microbial communities across both forested and agricultural systems. Her lab’s approaches integrate local, mechanism-driven questions that help advance ecological theory regarding soil microbial community function (i.e. litter decomposition) and landscape-level biogeochemical inquiries that link ecosystem function with land management decisions. Overall, the lab works to expand our understanding of how soil microbial community function, exhibited through carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) dynamics, will change with shifting plant communities, land management regimes, and climate.