Faculty & Staff Directory
Areas of Focus
- Sustainable Soil Management
- Belowground ecological interactions and their effect in biogeochemical cycles
- Carbon and nitrogen cycling in soils
- Use of organic waste materials as fertilizers in agriculture
- Environmental impacts of different fertilization strategies
About Dr. Cristina Lazcano
Cristina Lazcano joined the NRES department in 2016 as our Soil Ecologist. She completed her PhD at the Soil Ecology research group from the University of Vigo (Spain). Afterwards, she acquired extensive international experience in top research institutions, including the Technical University of Denmark, the University of California Davis and the University of Calgary (Canada) where she holds an adjunct assistant professor position.
Through her teaching and research, Cristina aims at understanding the role of belowground biological interactions and management strategies in soil nutrient cycling and the consequences for plant productivity and environmental quality across natural and managed soil systems. In particular, her research focuses on the interactions between plants and microorganisms, and their role in N and C cycling across different soil moisture conditions and management strategies. She has experience in a wide range of agricultural systems together with natural systems such as grasslands, forests and peatlands. In addressing her research questions, Cristina combines a variety of methods, including soil physical, biological and chemical assays, as well as a range of techniques used to investigate the interaction of soils with other ecological compartments such as analysis of trace gas emissions, plant physiological measures, and stable isotopes.