Genevieve census.jpg

Pat Megonigal

I am a biogeochemist and microbial ecologist with a particular interest in how coastal and terrestrial ecosystems respond to global change. Much of my current research is focused on methane cycling in coastal wetlands, feedbacks and linkages between plants and microbes, and how these dynamics shift under global change scenarios.

I have been part of the Biogeochemistry Lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center since March 2016, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the SMARTX project, then since January 2020 as a Research Scientist. Currently, I mange SMARTX, am the lead PI on GENX, and am a co-PI on the GCReW​LTREB grant.

I received my PhD in Physical Geography and Natural Systems from the University of Toronto in 2016, where I studied the effects of biochar and wood ash on the structure and biogeochemistry functioning of soil microbial communities in managed forests. Prior to that, I earned an MS in Mathematics from King's College London in 2012, an MS in Earth Sciences from the University of New Hampshire in 2011, and a BA in Environmental Science from Mount Holyoke College in 2009.