Erika Marín-Spiotta

Professional Summary

My research focuses on soil carbon dynamics and how landscape disturbance and changes in biodiversity alter ecosystem processes, such as nutrient and carbon cycling. Two main projects in my research group are understanding successional trajectories of carbon and nutrients in tropical forests growing on post-agricultural landscapes across a diversity of soil environments in Puerto Rico and measuring the vulnerability of ancient carbon in buried soils to landscape disturbance and climate change.  I teach classes on biogeography, biogeochemistry, and earth system science. I am also conducting social science research on strategies for improving diversity, equity and inclusion in science and I am leading a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Partnership award (ADVANCEGeo) to transform workplace climate in the geosciences through the development of bystander intervention and research ethics training. I am on the leadership council of the Earth Science Women's Network and have served as Secretary of the Biogeosciences section of the American Geophysical Union, as well as on their ethics task force.