PhD Candidate, Earth & Environmental Science


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Hey there! I’m Clarice (she/her).

I was born and raised in Dayton, OH. I received my B.A. in Geology with a minor in Environmental Studies from Earlham College, where my undergraduate research focused on pedogenic carbonates in archaeological soils in SW Colorado. While at Earlham I worked at the Sustainability Office running the Green Office Program and in Dr. Cynthia Fadem‘s geochemistry lab as a research assistant. In 2015 I participated in the Northern Ecosystems Research for Undergraduate REU program, where my love for peatlands and methane cycling began.

I’ve been a member of the UNH Trace Gas Biogeochemistry Lab Group (PI Dr. Ruth Varner) since 2016. I completed my MS in Earth Science – Geochemical Systems in Fall 2017 and am currently a PhD Candidate in the Natural Resources & Earth Systems Science program. Both my MS and PhD research focus on how climate change will impact the ability of methane oxidizing (or consuming) bacteria to mitigate methane emissions from northern peatlands. My main research sites are Stordalen Mire in Abisko, Sweden and Sallie’s Fen in Barrington, New Hampshire (click links to learn more about the Indigenous peoples upon whose lands I live, work, and learn).

Outside of my research, I was part of the UNH Women in Science leadership team for several years, serve on the UNH Earth Science Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and love to mentor undergraduate students. I was a 2020 AGU Voices for Science Advocate and co-founded the Peatland ECR Action Team (PEAT). Outside of work you can find me in search of the best local breweries, dropping into a modern dance class, day hiking, and exploring neighborhood farmers markets and cafes around the Bay Area.