Ashley is a master’s student in the Biology department as part of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE). She studies nutrient cycling in belowground communities. In particular, Ashley is interested in how C:N is partitioned through soil trophic levels during litter decomposition as well as how nematode populations change as this matter decays over time. She plans to use stable isotopes to track and quantify the changes of C:N in litter, soil, and the soil food web during the decomposition process. Ashley works primarily at the Konza Praire Long Term Ecological Research site.