Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory


Matthew Wallenstein

Matthew Wallenstein

Matthew is an associate professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and a research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. He earned his PhD in Ecology at Duke University in 2004, and worked as an NSF postdoc fellow with Josh Schimel at the University of California Santa Barbara before coming to CSU. He is the director of the Enzymes in the Environment Research Coordination Network, an associate editor for Biogeochemistry, and president-elect of the Soil Ecology Society. He is also a faculty director of EcoCore, a CSU specialized core facility.

Post Doctorate Reasearchers

Colin Bell

Colin Bell

Colin completed his Ph.D. at Texas Tech University in 2009. He became a member of the Wallenstein lab in August 2011. His initial research responsibilities involved working with the collaborative research team at the prairie heating and elevated CO2 experimental site (PHACE) in Wyoming. The overall goal of this project was to characterize the effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 and increased temperatures on the metabolic and physiological characteristics of plant and soil microbial properties associated within plant community rhizospheres in the mixed grass prairie. His more recent research interests focus on specific plant species-microbial relationships within the rhizosphere zone. These ongoing efforts involve several projects designed to elucidate rhizosphere stoichiometry and plant rhizoengineering mechanisms that influence soil microbial taxonomic and functional diversity to promote plant fitness.

Graduate Students

Jenny Rocca (PhD Student)

Jenny RoccaJennifer comes from the University of Texas, where she earned her Masters in Plant Biology in 2010. She started at CSU in 2011, where she now studies the impacts of plant chemistry on belowground function.

Carolyn Livensperger (MS Student, NSF Graduate Fellow)

Carolyn Livensperger

Carolyn received her B.S. in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2008 and proceeded to work her way around the country as a field biologist in New York, New Mexico, Colorado and Alaska. She began a M.S. in Ecology at CSU in 2012, and is researching how Arctic plants are altering their phenology and growth patterns as climate changes.