Kira Sorochkina researches and takes courses as a PhD. student in the Soil and Water Sciences department at the University of Florida. She received her B.S. and M.S. at Arizona State University where she studied ecology and dispersal rates of biological soil crusts (biocrusts). In her current PhD. program she continues working with biocrusts. Her research combines microbiology and biogeochemistry to characterize the implications of nitrogen fixed by microorganisms the top centimeter of soil in perennial crops of Florida. With her research, she hopes to provide guidance for managing biocrusts in agriculture.
Dr. Antonio Castellano-Hinojosa
MSc, Biological Scientist