Dr. Carl Wepking


Carl is the Executive Director of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative based out of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability and a post-doctoral fellow in Biology at Colorado State University. He is an ecologist focused on soil, soil biota and ecosystems. Specifically, he is interested in how soil biota and soil functions are impacted by human activities and land management decisions.

Carl’s completed a doctorate in Biology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2018) under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Strickland . The research for this dissertation was focused on how exposure to livestock antibiotics alters soil microbial communities and the ecosystem process they regulate. During this time he was also named an Interfaces of Global Change Fellow within the Global Change Center .

He received his B.S. in Environmental Science from St. Norbert College. There, under the mentorship of Dr. Anindo Choudhury, Carl was first introduced to soil nematodes while studying at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Gambo Panama. He also received a M.S. in Environmental Science from Washington State University.

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