Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Kari Finstad

Postdoctoral Appointment
Atmospheric, Earth and Energy Division

 +1 925-422-1975

Ph.D. Ecosystem Sciences
University of California, Berkeley
B.S. Environmental Earth Science
University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

My research focuses on identifying and quantifying biogeochemical processes using stable and radioisotope analyses of organic and inorganic material. Specifically, I am interested in the interactions between climate, geology and microbial communities in soil environments and how these interactions scale up to the landscape level.

Honors and Awards

  • NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (2014-2016)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley (2015)
  • First Place Student Oral Presentation, Soil Science Society of America Conference (2014)
  • NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship (2011-2014)

Selected (Recent) Publications

Finstad, K., Pfeiffer, M., McNicol, G., Barnes, J., and Amundson, R. 2016. Rates and processes of soil and salt crust formation in salars of the Atacama Desert, Chile. Geoderma, vol. 284, pp. 57-72.

Mambelli, S., Brooks, P., Sutka, R., Hughes, S., Finstad, K., Pakes, J.M., Dawson, T. 2016. High-throughput method for simultaneous quantification of N, C, and S stable isotopes and contents in organics and soils. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, vol. 30, pp. 1743-1753.

Hug, L., Baker, B., Anantharaman, K., Brown, C., Probst, A., Castelle, C., Butterfield, C., Hernsdorf, A., Amano, Y., Kotaro, I., Suzuki, Y., Dudek, N., Relman, D., Finstad, K., Amundson, R., Thomas, B., Banfield, J. 2016. A new view of The Tree and life's diversity. Nature Microbiology, doi: 10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.48.

Finstad, K., Pfeiffer, M., and Amundson, R. 2014. Hyperarid soils and the Soil Taxonomy. Soil Science Society of America Journal, vol. 78(6), pp. 1845-1851.

Oerter, E., Finstad, K., Schaefer, J., Goldsmith, G., Dawson, T., and Amundson, R. 2014. Oxygen isotope fractionation effects in soil water via interaction with cations (Mg, Ca, K, Na) adsorbed to phyllosilicate clay minerals. Journal of Hydrology, vol. 515, pp. 1-9.

Finstad, K., Ingram, B.L., Schweikhardt, P., Lightfoot, K., Luby, E., and Coles, G. 2013. New insights about the construction and use of shell mounds from the geochemical analysis of mollusks: an example from the greater San Francisco Bay. Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 40(6), pp. 2648-2658.

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