Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Kelsey M. Fenn '18.5

Environmental Science
Research Mentor Stephen Porder


Fenn is studying the dynamics of plant growth in tropical ecosystems. She is using a greenhouse experiment to study how abiotic and biotic factors help or constrain the ability of legume trees to fix nitrogen. Understanding mechanisms and patterns of nitrogen fixation will help to outline practices for reforestation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon. Reforestation will play a critical role in mitigating climate change.