Laurel has a B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College and began her graduate studies as an I-WATER fellow in fall 2012. She is interested in arctic biogeochemistry and the effects of soil warming on permafrost degradation and microbial ecology. She plans to study the release, transport, and processing of dissolved organic materials as they flow between terrestrial and aquatic compartments.
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