Last update: 2007-02-20 17:19:14

Kelly Louise McChesney Decker

NASA-ARC/CSU - Monterey Bay
NASA-Ames Research Center
Mail Stop 242-4
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Telephone: 650-604-0629

  • Ph.D.; Ohio State University; Plant and Soil Ecology 2001
  • B.S.; Humboldt State University; Botany 1993

  • Professional Positions:
  • Senior Scientist/Adjunct Faculty (2001-present); California State University–Monterey Bay/NASA Astrobiology Institute; Moffett Field, CA
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (2000-present); University of Vermont; Burlington, VT
  • Graduate Assistant (1993-2000); Ohio State University; Columbus, OH

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    I am interested in plant-soil interactions in forested ecosystems. Within this framework I have worked in three main areas: N and P cycling and use through soil and vegetation in evergreen and deciduous Nothofagus from South America; The effects of landscape position and prescribed fire on patterns of soil nutrient cycling; and species-soil effects on soil development and leaching of nutrients.

    Distinguished Awards and Memberships:
    (Non-departmental) 1998 - Presidential Fellowship (Ohio State University Graduate School); 1996 - Dissertation Enhancement Grant (National Science Foundation (P.I. Ralph Boerner)); 1995 - Latin American Studies Program/Tinker Foundation Travel Grants (Ohio State University); Grants-In-Aid (Sigma Xi); 1991 - Scholarship (Napa Valley College)

    Selected Publications:
  • Decker K.L.M., C. Waite, D. Wang, and T. Scherbatskoy (2003). Snow removal and ambient temperature effects on Vermont forest soil thermal properties. Submitted to Soil Science Society of America Journal. 67 (4) XXX-XXX.
  • Boerner, R.E.J., S.J. Morris and K.L.M. Decker (in press). Soil chemical and physical characteristics. In: Sutherland, E.K.(ed.), Restoring Mixed Oak Forests in Southern Ohio. U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station.
  • Boerner, R.E.J., and K.L.M. Decker (2000). The effect of prescribed burning on soil enzyme activities in southern Ohio oak ecosystems. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 32: 899-908.
  • Decker, K.L.M., R.E.J. Boerner, and S.J. Morris (1999). Scale dependent patterns of soil enzyme activity in a forested landscape. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 29: 232-241.
  • Hevia, M.F., M.L. Minoletti O., K.L.M. Decker, and R.E.J. Boerner (1999). Foliar nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics of three Chilean Nothofagus species in relation to leaf lifespan. American Journal of Botany 86(3): 447-455.
  • Decker, K.L.M., and R.E.J. Boerner (1997). Ca:Al effects on growth and competitive interactions between ectomycorrhizal red oak (Quercus rubra) and arbuscular-mycorrhizal yellow-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera). Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. 124(4): 286-296.

  • Co-Authors and Collaborators:
    (Current): R.E.J. Boerner, B.T. Bormann, F.H. Bormann, D.H. Dehayes, J.W. Hughes, T. Hutchinson, C.F. Friese, S.J. Morris, M.C. Snyder, E. K. Sutherland, C. Waite, D. Wang

    Graduate Advisor:
    Ralph E.J. Boerner

    Role at the Hubbard Brook:
    I am working on a study of vegetation and soil biomass and nutrients in the Hubbard Brook Sandboxes.

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator