Expertise Arctic, permafrost, plant and soil sciences, education
Dr. Natali’s research examines the response of terrestrial ecosystems to a changing environment, with an emphasis on feedbacks to carbon cycling from northern high latitude systems. While a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida, she worked on permafrost ecosystems, establishing a large-scale warming experiment in interior Alaska. That project tests hypotheses about feedbacks to the global carbon cycle as a result of warming air and soil temperatures and thawing permafrost. More recently, she established a tundra drying experiment to examine interactive effects of permafrost thaw and changes in soil moisture on ecosystem carbon exchange. Dr. Natali was a National Science Foundation Polar Programs Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She holds a B.S. from Villanova University and a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University.