Lillian Z Hill
- B.S. Biology, West Virginia University, 2014
Currently, I am pursuing a Masters in Ecology with a minor in Biogeochemistry at Penn State, where I am investigating the interactions between bedrock, soil and plants. I will measure CO2 and O2 concentrations along two established catenas in the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory. The catenas are in a forest catchment on shale (Shale Hills) and a forest catchment on sandstone (Garner Run). The exchange of gases will be measured using automated CO2 and O2 sensors, along with soil gas tubes at several depths in the soil profile. This work will help identify the imprint of biota on acid- and redox-weathering.
I plan to continue working on sandstone and shale lithologies to understand how bedrock type affects nutrient supply to plants and soil microorganisms.
O2 and CO2 concentrations, differences in soil carbon and nitrogen across rock types (sandstone and shale), plant-soil-bedrock interactions and nutrient availability, and fertilization studies.
Kaye Biogeochemistry Lab Group: I am currently a graduate student in the Kaye lab with Jason Kaye as my adviser.