In March 2015, Brown-MBL graduate student Maya Almaraz and a list of co-authors had their research and findings published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology . The article entitled “Farm management, not soil microbial diversity, controls nutrient loss from smallholder tropical agriculture” examined nutrient cycling, biogeochemical processes, fertilizer use and soil microbial diversity on 24 smallholder farms in western Kenya participating in the Millennium Villages Project (MVP). To read the complete publication go to Frontiers in Microbiology.
Maya is in her fourth year as a Brown-MBL graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University studying under Associate Professor Stephen Porder and co-advised by Brown-MBL Director Chris Neill at MBL. She recently received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) for the grant proposal “Nitrous Oxide and Dinitrogen Production from Tropical Forest Soils Under Ambient and Fertilized Conditions” for soil investigations in the El Yunque National Forest in the mountains of Puerto Rico. For more information on her grant and other Brown-MBL graduate students awards go to: 2014/15 Fellowship Awards.