Serita D. Frey

Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment


Serita D. Frey, Ph.D. is Professor of Microbial Ecology in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment where she teaches courses in soil science and ecology. Her research examines how environmental change is altering the structure and function of forest ecosystems, with an emphasis on soil microbial communities and nutrient cycling processes. Her research team maintains three long-term global change experiments at the Harvard Forest Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) site and a state-wide, distributed soil sensor network in NH. Dr. Frey is Editor-in-Chief for Issues in Ecology and is on the Board of Editors for Ecology/Ecological Monographs. She currently serves as co-chair of the Science, Technology, and Education Advisory Committee (STEAC) for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). Awards include the Pettingill Endowed Lectureship in Natural History (University of Michigan Biological Station), the Distinguished Ecologist Alumna (Colorado State University), 2011 Associate Professor of the Year (UNH), a Bullard Fellowship (Harvard University), and a National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award. Dr. Frey is a graduate of the UNH Engaged Scholars Academy.


Scholarly Agenda

  • Investigate how environmental change is altering ecosystem function, with an emphasis on soil microorganisms and nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems
  • Assess the effectiveness of the studio teaching approach for teaching introductory soil science

Funding Sources

  • National Science Foundation (including CAREER award)
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Defense
  • NH Agricultural Experiment Station

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