During my postdoc I will be working in Mary Firestone's lab on a collaborative DOE project, where I will be examining how organic soil carbon decomposition and stabilization processes in soil are impacted by the interactions between plant roots and the soil microbial community. For my Ph.D., I investigated the interactions between black carbon (or biochar) and soil organic carbon - how does the presence of one affect the decomposition of the other?
Whitman, T., Hanley, K., Enders, A., Lehmann, J. (2013) Black carbon labile fraction across production temperatures as related to its initial properties. Organic Geochemistry, 64: 76-83.
Enders, A., Hanley, K., Whitman, T., Joseph, S., Lehmann, J. (2012) Characterization of biochars to evaluate recalcitrance and agronomic performance. Bioresource Technology, 114, 644-653.
Whitman, T., Yanni, S.F., & Whalen, J.K. (2011) Life cycle assessment of corn stover production for cellulosic ethanol in Quebec. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 91(6): 997-1012.
Whitman, T., Nicholson, C.F., Torres, D., & Lehmann, J. (2011) Climate change impact of a biochar cook stove in western Kenyan farm households: system dynamics model analysis. Environmental Science and Technology, 45(8): 3687-3694.
Whitman, T. & Lehmann, J. (2011) Systematic under- and overestimation of GHG reductions in renewable biomass systems. Climatic Change, 104(2): 415-422.
Whitman, T., Scholz, S., & Lehmann, J. (2010) Biochar projects for mitigating climate change: an investigation of critical methodology issues for carbon accounting. Carbon Management, 1:89-107.
Whitman, T. & Lehmann, J. (2009) Biochar – One way forward for soil carbon in offset mechanisms in Africa? Environmental Science and Policy, 12(7): 1024-1027.
Honors and Awards
SSSA Francis and Evelyn Clark Soil Biology Scholarship (2014)
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (2014)
American Geophysical Union Outstanding Student Presentation Award (2013)
Cornell CALS Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2013)
2011,’13: Soil Ecology
2010,’13: Soil Science
2012: Sustainable Agriculture
2008-09: Introductory Biology
Mailing addressDepartment of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
130 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720