Curriculum Vitae

  • Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Environmental & Sustainability
  • Research Assistant Professor, Geography Department
  • Academic Advisor, Environmental and Sustainability Studies


Research Summary

I am an ecosystem ecologist whose research examines how global changes (climate change, urbanization, altered flow regimes, and non-native species invasions) affect microbial community dynamics and ecosystem processes, such as nutrient cycling and decomposition. I also am interested in river and riparian restoration. I use a variety of approaches, including field and laboratory studies and syntheses of scientific literature. I enjoy collaborative, interdisciplinary projects.

Research Keywords

  • Riparian Ecosystem, Interest Level: 4
  • Microbial Ecology, Interest Level: 5
  • Global Environmental Change, Interest Level: 5
  • Environmental Restoration or Remediation, Interest Level: 4
  • Ecosystem, Interest Level: 5

Research Groups

  • Brittany Duncan, Graduate Student. Watershed Sciences (Utah State University). 01/01/2015 - present.
  • Eric McCulley, Graduate Student. Watershed Sciences (Utah State University). 01/01/2010 - 12/05/2014.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • MICROBIAL ECOLOGY JORDAN RIVER. PI: SHAH,JENNIFER. SOUTH DAVIS SEWER DISTRICT, 05/04/2016 - 03/15/2017. Total project budget to date: $69,690.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Cellulose Decomposition Experiment. PI: Scott Tiegs. 05/01/2015 - present.
  • Meta-Analysis and Synthesis of Leaf Litter Decomposition. PI: Jennifer Follstad Shah. Co-PI(s): Marcelo Ardon, John Kominoski. 01/01/2011 - present.


  • EPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, Level III recognition in the category of Ecological Research (2011)
  • NSF Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2009)
  • Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation from the Soil Ecology Society (2005)
  • EPA Graduate Research Opportunities Doctoral Fellowship (2003-2006)
  • NSF IGERT Freshwater Sciences Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (2000-2002)