Katherine O'Neill Profile

Dr. Katherine P. O'Neill

Associate Professor - Environmental Studies

Department: Environmental Studies
Office: 105 Annex (Courthouse)



Ph.D.    Environment, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
B.S.      Environmental Science and Geology, College of William and Mary


Katherine O'Neill is an ecosystem ecologist and soil scientist whose work addresses the interconnections between land management, ecosystem function, and the ecosystem services that support human well-being.  Prior to arriving at Roanoke in 2008, Dr. O'Neill served as a federal research scientist where her work focused on environmental monitoring, soil carbon and nutrient cycling, and soil ecology in support of developing sustainable management practices for agricultural and forested lands.  Her earlier work addressed the potential impacts of climate change on greenhouse gas emissions from frozen soils (permafrost) in Alaska and Canada.  She is currently working to develop education and outreach materials for the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory, part of an NSF-funded network that is charged with evaluating the impact of natural and human forcing factors on processes within the Earth's Critical Zone.

Critical Zone investigator profile