Bird SOIL Biogeochemistry Research Group


Jeffrey A. Bird

Associate Professor, Queens College, CUNY

School of Earth & Environmental Sciences

PhD faculty in Earth & Environmental Sciences and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Programs, The CUNY Graduate Center

Office: D-220 Science Bldg.

Lab: E223, E225, D104 Science Bldg.

Phone: (718) 997-3332   


Education: PhD Soil Biogeochemistry, UC Davis; MS Plant and Soil Science, University of VT; BS Soil Science, Cornell

ResearcherID: H-8751-2012; Orchid research page ; Researchgate

Graduate Students

Brian Brigham

MS Ecology, UCSD

Earth & Environmental

Science PhD Program

The CUNY Graduate Center

Research focus: The biogeochemistry and microbial ecology of C cycling in estuarine ecosystems (Hudson River), with an emphasis on the role of anthropogenic C and N inputs on the ecosystem-level C exchange processes.

NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Graduate Research Fellowship (2010-2012)

Advanced to candidacy, 2012


Research Staff

Research Assistants

Mordechai Caplan (2017-present)

Sally Kim (2016 - 2017 Senior Thesis)

Mark Gormley

MS Agriculture/Soil Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

Earth & Environmental

Science PhD Program

The CUNY Graduate Center

Research focus: Biogeochemistry and microbial ecology of pyrogenic organic matter turnover and transport dynamics in a northern temperate forest ecosystem: effects of pyrolysis conditions and source wood type.


Visiting Scientists/Scholars

Dr. Yukikazu Murakami

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical and

Computer Engineering

National Institute of Technology, Kagawa College

Takamatsu, Kagawa  Japan

Research Interests: Development of non-destructive analysis method of nutrients (N, P, K, Cl, Mg) in soil and plant samples using spectral reflection.  Development of harvest timing models.

Zachary Way

MA student, Biology (Dennehy Lab)