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Kelly Wrighton, PhD.


Assistant Professor Soil and Crop Sciences

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-3227   Office: Plant Sciences, Room C115

Email:   Lab:


Fields of Expertise

1.) Toxicology and Microbiology

Areas of Interest

 Carbon and nitrogen cyclingEcosystem processesMicroorganisms


Kelly is interested in the study of microorganisms, their genomes, and the surrounding environment. She investigates how microorganisms contribute to ecosystem processes, with a particular interest in carbon and nitrogen cycling. Kelly’s microbial research has many applications, including improving predictions of greenhouse gas emission from soils, stabilizing gastrointestinal and heart health, and enhancing energy yield and longevity from hydrocarbon systems.