Amanda De La Torre (Lab PI) is an Assistant Professor at NAU School of Forestry. She obtained her PhD from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and later worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Umea University in Sweden, and the University of California-Davis.

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Manoj Kumar is a postdoc researcher with interests in metagenomics, genomics approaches, epigenomics, microbial responses to environmental conditions, population structure, biodiversity and evolution, RNA-Seq, GWAS data analysis and bioinformatics. He has gained extensive experience in analyzing biological data, developing research proposals, writing research articles, and preparing reports in detailed and scientific manner. Additionally, he has gained experience to excel in both independent and team-oriented environments. In addition, in his leisure times he likes playing sports and exploring natural places. ResearchGate

Sam Compton (Senior Undergraduate Researcher) is completing his BS at the NAU School of Forestry with a focus on Forest Health. He is an avid outdoorsman, forest health advocate, and community organizer, who hopes to spend his career improving and implementing management practices that promote healthier forests and advocating for forest health awareness by engaging communities in their natural landscape.

Amanda Fitzhugh is a HURA research award recipient and a senior undergrad student studying for her bachelors in Forestry. She has a deep-rooted interest in forests and learning more about what the natural world has to offer. When she is not studying for class she is hiking in remote places of Arizona, Colorado, and Alaska, writing to hopefully someday publish a novel, and drawing anything and everything.

Charles (Chaz) Stackpole is an undergraduate student at NAU working on a double major in Environmental Science (with an emphasis in Biology) and Spanish. After earning his PhD, he hopes to conduct research on sustainable farming techniques.


Benjamin Wilhite (MSc student, graduated April 2021)

Matthew Weiss (MSc student, graduated July 2020)

Bobin Liu (Visiting Researcher from Fujian Agricultural University, China)

Benjamin Covington (undergraduate student)

Seth Hendrickson (undergraduate student)

Morgan Henson (undergraduate student)

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