Description of Research
Since joining NRESS in the fall of 2011, Amanda has been enthusiastically working to forward understanding of soil microbe-driven biogeochemical processes and enhance the sustainability of agroecosystems. Her research aims to uncover the microbial and ecological mechanisms that release nitrogen from organic sources in the soil. Greater knowledge of these plant-soil-microbe interactions will help enable farm managers to match soil nitrogen availability with plant demand for nitrogen, thereby reducing the impacts of agricultural nitrogen pollution on the greater environment.
Previous Awards and Activities
- 2013 Fellow, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP; provides funding for three years of stipend and educational expenses)
- 2013 Full tuition scholarship to Microbial Diversity summer course at WHOI MBL (Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory; declined due to field season conflict)
- 2012 Finalist, DOE SCGF (Department of Energy Science Graduate Fellowship)
- 2012 University of New Hampshire Farrington Fund Travel Grant
- 2012 University of New Hampshire Graduate School Travel Scholarship
- 2007 HELiX Mini-Grant ($500) for Undergraduate Research, University of Vermont, Burlington VT
- 2007 Outstanding Research in Ecology/Evolution, Biology Department, University of Vermont
- 2007 Outstanding Senior in Environmental Science, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Vermont
Selected Presentations and Publications
- AB Daly, K Wickings, AS Grandy. August 2012. Enzyme activities of mesofaunal endosymbionts across host species and ecosystem. Poster presented at the Ecological Society of America Conference, Portland OR.
- AB Daly, M Goodwin, V Sueblinvong, A Panoskaltsis-Mortari, and DJ Weiss. October 2010. MSCs spontaneously express pro-SPC when cultured in intact de-cellularized mouse lungs. Fifteen-minute presentation at New England Stem Cell Consortium, Burlington VT
- AB Daly, M Goodwin, V Sueblinvong, A Panoskaltsis-Mortari, and DJ Weiss. August 2010. MSCs spontaneously express pro-SPC when cultured in intact de-cellularized mouse lungs. Poster presented at FASEB Lung Epithelium in Health and Disease Conference, Saxtons River VT
- JM Wallis, ZD Borg, AB Daly, B Deng, BA Baliff, GB Allen, DM Jaworski, D Weiss. Accepted 2011. Comparative assessment of detergent-based protocols for mouse lung de-cellularization and re-cellularization. Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods, in press (available at www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/ten.TEC.2011.0567).
- AB Daly, JM Wallis, ZD Borg, RW Bonvillain, B Deng, BA Baliff, DM Jaworski, GB Allen, D Weiss. Accepted 2011. Initial binding and re-cellularization of de-cellularized mouse lung scaffolds with bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells. Tissue Engineering Part A, in press (available at www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/ten.tea.2011.0301).
- S Helms Cahan, AB Daly, T Schwander, and HA Woods. 2010. Genetic caste determination does not impose growth rate costs in Pogonomyrmex harvester ants. Functional Ecology 24, 301-309.
B.S. cum laude, Environmental Science, and B.A., Spanish, University of Vermont. Honors thesis: Mechanisms driving increased colony growth rates in hybrid ant species
- 2008—2011 Laboratory Research Assistant/Manager (Departments of Medicine and Molecular Genetics, University of Vermont)
- 2007—2008 Organic Extractions Analyst (TestAmerica, South Burlington, Vermont)
- 2005—2007 Undergraduate Honors Research (Biology Department, University of Vermont)