B.S. in Biology from University of Maryland (2007)
Ph.D. in Integrative Life Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University (2013)
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.
When Ember needs a break from science she enjoys hiking, naps, and
EM, Gillespie JL, Morina JC, Franklin RB (2014) Salinity affects microbial activity and soil
organic matter content in tidal wetlands. Global Change Biology.
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.
Jenkins AS, Brown BL, Franklin RB (2013) Resource availability effects on
nitrate-reducing microbial communities in a freshwater wetland. Wetlands.
Connecting phylogeny with function in microbial carbon and nitrogen