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Mara Lee Cashay Cloutier

  • PhD Candidate, Soil Science
  • Teaching Assistant, Soils 101
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Soil Microbiology and Biogeochemistry
Mara Lee Cashay Cloutier
215 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Metagenomic Sequencing and Analysis
  • Manganese Cycle
  • Nitrogen Cycle

Education

  1. 2016 M.S. Biology with a concentration in cellular and molecular biology, Appalachian State University (Boone, NC, USA)
  2. 2014 B.S. Biology, The University of North Carolina-Wilmington (Wilmington, NC, USA)

I am a PhD student in the Soil Sciences program at Penn State University, University Park, PA researching environmental parameters that may influence specific nitrogen cycling reactions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. My research ranges from isolating and identifying bacteria that contain specific genes associated with the nitrogen cycle, constraining soil properties and elements that stimulate nitrate/nitrite ammonification, to analyzing crop residue decomposition states that provide ideal conditions for promoting nitrate/nitrite ammonification. Through my PhD I aim to expand on the cumulative knowledge of bacteria that perform key nitrogen cycling reactions and to contribute to the understanding of how agricultural practices can support sustainability and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Grants and Awards:

Office of Student Research Travel Grant, Appalachian State University, 2016-$250

Office of Student Research Travel Grant, Appalachian State University, 2015-$250

On To the Future Program Travel Grant, Geological Society of America, 2015-$525

Office of Student Research, Appalachian State University, 2015, Research Grant-$300

Philip M. Smith Graduate Research Grant for Cave and Karst Research, Cave Research Foundation, 2015-$2500

Graduate Student Research Grant, Geological Society of America, 2015-$1425

Creating a Healthy, Just and Sustainable society, Appalachian State University, 2014, Research Grant-$496

Office of Student Research, Appalachian State University, 2014, Research Grant-$300

Cratis D. Williams Graduate Research Grant, Appalachian State University, 2014-$496

Graduate Student Association Senate, Appalachian State University, 2014, Research Grant-$200

Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, University of North Carolina- Wilmington, 2014-$300

Dean’s list, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, 2013