Assistant Professor of Soil and Ecosystem Ecology


Ph.D., Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (2014)
M.Phil., Yale University (2011)
B.S. University of New Hampshire (2004)

Research Interests

Dr. Keiser is an ecosystem ecologist working at the interface of plant and soil microbial communities across both forested and agricultural systems. Her lab’s approaches integrate local, mechanism-driven questions that help advance ecological theory regarding soil microbial community function (i.e. litter decomposition) and landscape-level biogeochemical inquiries that link ecosystem function with land management decisions. Overall, the lab works to expand our understanding of how soil microbial community function, exhibited through carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) dynamics, will change with shifting plant communities, land management regimes, and climate. 

The Keiser Lab’s research fits within four main themes:
1. Plant-microbe interactions
2. Coupled carbon-nitrogen dynamics
3. Home-field advantage
4. Invasive species and ecosystem dynamics


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