My research focuses on how physical, biological and chemical processes interact at fine scales (soil aggregate or pore scale) to alter the flow of carbon and nutrients at larger scales (field or landscape scale). I am especially interested in how global change (land use- and climate change) and extreme weather (droughts, floods) alters the soil microbiome and their role in fundamental biogeochemical processes, such as nutrient and soil carbon cycling in both natural and agro-ecosystems. Microorganisms largely determine the fate of organic carbon in soils, as they are the agents controlling the majority of decomposition processes and organic matter transformations. Equally as important, the soil matrix (i.e. the 3D arrangement of particles and pores), ultimately governs those processes and interactions. As such, research in my lab couples organic matter and microbiome characterization with soil physical properties to better understand how molecular, microbial and moisture properties interact with their physical environment to control the stabilization and destabilization of soil carbon.
- Ph.D. in Soil Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison - (Madison, Wisconsin, United States) 2013
- M.S. in Environmental Science, Yale University - (New Haven, Connecticut, United States) 2008
- B.S. in Wildland Conservation, University of Washington - (Seattle, Washington, United States) 2004
- Kivlin, S. N., Smith, A. P., Sulman, B. N., & Buscardo, E. (2021). Editorial: Forest Rhizosphere Interactions: Cascading Consequences for Ecosystem-Level Carbon and Nutrient Cycling. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. 4, 676191.
- Graham, E. B., Averill, C., Bond-Lamberty, B., Knelman, J. E., Krause, S., Peralta, A. L., ... Zipper, S. C. (2021). Toward a Generalizable Framework of Disturbance Ecology Through Crowdsourced Science. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 9, 588940.
- Díaz‐Vallejo, E. J., Seeley, M., Smith, A. P., & Marín‐Spiotta, E. (2021). A meta‐analysis of tropical land‐use change effects on the soil microbiome: Emerging patterns and knowledge gaps. Biotropica. 53(3), 738-752.
- Waring, B. G., Sulman, B. N., Reed, S., Smith, A. P., Averill, C., Creamer, C. A., ... Schulz, M. (2021). Response to ‘Stochastic and deterministic interpretation of pool models’. Global Change Biology. 27(11), e11-e12.
- Patel, K. F., Fansler, S. J., Campbell, T. P., Bond-Lamberty, B., Smith, A. P., RoyChowdhury, T., ... Bailey, V. L. (2021). Soil texture and environmental conditions influence the biogeochemical responses of soils to drought and flooding. Communications Earth & Environment. 2(1), 127.
- Smith, A. P., Patel, K. F., Campbell, T., Fansler, S., Bond-Lamberty, B., Roy Chowdhury, T., ... Bailey, V. L. (2020). MICROBIAL AND MOLECULAR INSIGHTS INTO HOW SHIFTS IN HYDROLOGIC PORE CONNECTIVITY FROM DROUGHT OR FLOODS REGULATE THE ROLE OF SOIL IN THE TERRESTRIAL CARBON CYCLE. Abstracts with programs (Geological Society of America).
- Keller, C. K., Dohnalkova, A., Tfaily, M. M., Smith, A. P., Chu, R., Crump, A. R., ... Balogh-Brunstad, Z. (2017). MOLECULAR AND MICROSCOPIC INSIGHTS INTO THE FORMATION OF SOIL ORGANIC MATTER IN A RED PINE RHIZOSPHERE. Abstracts with programs (Geological Society of America).