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Mark P Waldrop, Ph.D.

Mark's research expertise is in soil microbial ecology and biogeochemistry in response to global change phenomenon. He leads a team focused on studies of microbial, chemical, and biophysical controls on carbon cycling in permafrost, boreal, and wetland ecosystems of Alaska as well as forest and grassland ecosystems of the Western U.S. 

Synergistic Activities

USGS Menlo Park Science Advisory Council Member

US Permafrost Association President

Affiliate/Graduate Faculty, University of Alaska Fairbanks & University of Guelph

Bonanza Creek LTER and Alaska Peatland Experiment (APEX), Principal Investigator 

International Soil Carbon Network (NSCN) member

Integrated Ecosystem Model data contributor, AK Climate Science Center

Permafrost Research Coordination Network contributor

Environmental Microbiome Project (EMP) member

North American Carbon Program (NACP), affiliated project lead

Professional Experience

  • 2013- current Project Chief, Mechanisms of Soil Carbon Sequestration

  • 2007- current  Research Soil Scientist, USGS, Menlo Park, CA.

  • 2005-2007   Mendenhall Research Fellow, USGS, Menlo Park, CA.

  • 2002-2004   Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Michigan

Education and Certifications

  • 2002-University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D., Soil Science

  • 1997-University of California at Berkeley, M.S., Soil Science

  • 1995-New Mexico State Univ, B.S. Biology/Ecology, and B.S. Soil Science

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