Sally Landefeld

I joined the Butman Lab in the fall of 2017 as a doctoral student in Civil & Environmental Engineering. My interests are in carbon and nutrient cycling, especially between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, so that efforts to preserve and restore ecosystems are more informed. After earning a BA in chemistry at Occidental College, I worked as a molecular biology research assistant at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, then completed a MS in Environmental Science & Engineering at OHSU. With co-advisors David Butman and UW soil scientist Sally Brown, I am researching the relationship between soil health and nutrient density in common garden crops, a project drawing upon resources from many UW departments as well as King County facilities and the Tacoma Center for Urban Waters. "Soil health" is characterized by a number of chemical, physical, and biological soil properties via the Soil Health Index, macro- and micronutrients in soil and crops are analyzed via ICP-AES, and phytonutrients are analyzed via LCMS.

In my spare time, I make pottery, play with dogs, and go on unconventional adventures, such as a month-long stand up paddle board journey from the Canadian border to Portland along the Columbia River.

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