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Heather Throop, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Schools of Life Sciences and of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. She is currently on leave serving as an NSF program officer in the Division of Environmental Biology.
Throop’s lab studies the links between organisms and ecosystem processes in dryland environments and especially how organism-ecosystem links are affected by human activities (e.g., atmospheric nitrogen deposition, climate change, and land management). Throop has worked extensively on the effect of nitrogen deposition on plant-herbivore interactions, woody plant encroachment on soil C and N cycling, factors affecting decomposition in dryland systems, and the impacts of changing precipitation regimes on biogeochemical cycling.
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