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Claire Treat

Ph.D. Student Profile: Claire C. Treat

Degree: Earth and Environmental Science
Earth Systems Research Center/Earth Sciences/Water Systems Analysis Group

Research Topic: Impacts of climate change in northern ecosystems: carbon and nitrogen cycling northern soils and streams

Advisors: Dr. Wil Wollheim, Dr. Steve Frolking


Description of Research

I’m interested in the effects of climate change on nutrient cycling in northern ecosystems in both boreal and arctic regions.  Northern ecosystems are experiencing relatively rapid changes in climate and are important to the global carbon cycle due to the large amounts of carbon stored within the soils. Primarily, I’m focusing on differences in soil carbon and nitrogen storage across ecosystems in Alaska, and predicting how this might change in the future, especially with permafrost thaw. I’m also looking at how changing seasonality due to climate change may affect nutrient cycling in arctic streams.

Previous Awards and Activities:
Selected Presentations and Publications:

M.S., Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 2010
B. A., Environmental Science, Magna cum laude, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, May 2005

Professional Positions

UNH Stonewall Grads, Chair, 2009 – 2013
President's Commission on the Status of Women, University of New Hampshire, 2009 - 2012
Graduate Student Organization, Clerk, 2009 - 2010

Related Links

Toolik Field Station:
Bonanza Creek LTER:
Changing Seasonality in Arctic Streams:
Semester in Environmental Science at the Marine Bio. Lab:
Women's Commission at UNH: