Associate Professor of Geography
233 Science Hall
608-262-1855 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Education: Ph.D. Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley; B.S. Biology and Minor in Political Science, Stanford University.
Lab website: https://marinspiotta.wordpress.com
I am an Associate Professor of Geography and an affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Departments of Soil Science and Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies program.
Broadly, my lab studies how human use of the land and changes in climate affect the accumulation and loss of carbon and nutrients from soils, and how this may affect soil fertility, biodiversity, water quality, and the atmosphere. Our research draws from geography, soil science, ecology and biogeochemistry, and we work in temperate and tropical ecosystems.
What advice do you have for undergrads, grads, postdocs seeking careers in STEM fields? Science is a social enterprise, you don’t have to go at it alone. Surround yourself with a network of mentors, peers and people in positions more senior and junior to you, from whom you can learn about opportunities, receive advice and support, and to whom you can in turn help by sharing your experiences and connecting to others in your network. There are many pathways to every career goal, there is no one right way to get anywhere, so explore your options.
Are you involved in any outreach programs (campus, state, or national)? I am on the Leadership Board of the Earth Science Women’s Network, a non-profit peer mentoring organization with >3000 members in 60 countries that promotes women’s careers in the earth and environmental sciences: ESWNonline.org I regularly run career professional development workshops for graduate students and postdocs nationally and have hosted many undergraduate student researchers in my lab from UW, other universities across the country and from Puerto Rico. Currently, I am working with multiple scientific societies to address broadening participation of historically underrepresented groups and to reduce sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination.
What do you like to do when you’re away from work? I love to read and dance and also teach Cuban rueda and casino.