Daniela Cusack

Daniela Cusack

Adjunct
Other Academics

Office: 1255 BUNCHE HALL

Email: dcusack@geog.ucla.edu

Phone: 3102065536

Biography

(Ph.D. University of California – Berkeley, 2009) is an Assistant Professor with research in biogeography and ecosystem science, emphasizing on tropical ecology and global change factors.

Education

Ph.D. University of California – Berkeley M.S. Yale University B.A. Wesleyan University

Research

My research is in biogeography and ecosystem science, with an emphasis on biogeochemistry and global change factors. I focus on drivers of plant-soil-microbe processes and carbon cycling with changes in climate and nutrient availability (e.g. nitrogen deposition, warming, deforestation, and fire regime). In addition to altering plant productivity and carbon inputs to soils, global change can directly alter soil carbon storage via changes in microbial activity, decomposition, and soil chemical properties. My current projects are: 1) biogeochemical impacts of urbanization in Latin American watersheds; 2) long-term soil carbon storage across climate and soil weathering gradients in Hawai’i; 3) effects of charcoal on plant-soil-microbe interactions in fire-prone California grasslands.