Ember Morrissey

Ember Morrissey
Northern Arizona University
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B.S. in Biology from University of Maryland (2007)

Ph.D. in Integrative Life Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University (2013)

Research Focus

Morrissey’s research focuses on the microbial ecology underlying biogeochemical processes of interest to society. Her work ranges from studying techniques to ameliorate nitrogen pollution to predicting the consequences of climate change associated sea-level rise.   

Other Achievements, Honors, Awards

Philanthropic Educational Organization Scholar Award (2013)

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grand Recipient (2012)

Society for Wetland Scientist Student Research Award (2011)

Big-picture Career Goal

Morrissey aims to engage in research that both expands society’s theoretical understanding of how ecosystems function and provides concrete information applicable to solving environmental problems.

Personal Note

When Ember needs a break from science she enjoys hiking, naps, and fantasy novels.

Selected Publications

Morrissey EM, Gillespie JL, Morina JC, Franklin RB (2014) Salinity affects microbial activity and soil organic matter content in tidal wetlands. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12431

Morrissey EM, Berrier DJ, Neubauer SC, Franklin RB (2013) Using microbial communities and extracellular enzymes to link soil organic matter characteristics to greenhouse gas production in a tidal freshwater wetland. Biogeochemistry. DOI: 10.1007/s10533-013-9894-5.

Morrissey EM, Jenkins AS, Brown BL, Franklin RB (2013) Resource availability effects on nitrate-reducing microbial communities in a freshwater wetland. Wetlands. 33:301-310 

Current Projects

Connecting phylogeny with function in microbial carbon and nitrogen cycling

Full Curriculum Vitae