Etienne Herrick is a PhD student in the Blesh Soil and Agroecosystems Lab. Her research focuses on ways in which farmers can strategically manage on-farm diversity for improved agricultural sustainability, particularly through the use of cover crops to support agroecosystem functions like nutrient cycling and climate resilience. Prior to graduate school, Etienne worked at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center helping to implement an invasive species adaptive management program, and as a research technician at SEAS in the Zak Lab studying the role of ectomycorrhizal fungi in temperate forest nutrient cycling. She earned a B.S. from the University of Michigan's interdisciplinary Program in the Environment in 2018, with a minor in Food Systems. Her undergraduate Honors Thesis in the Blesh Lab investigated links between functional diversity, species interactions, and ecosystem services in cover crop mixtures, and is what ultimately inspired her to re-join the Blesh lab as a PhD student in 2019.
B.S., University of Michigan (Program in the Environment), 2018