Jessica Ernakovich

Phone: (603) 862-2216
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Room 176, Durham, NH 03824

My research interests lie in how microbial communities and soil chemistry interact to affect ecosystem function. I use genomics and stable isotopes as my main tools. I have worked in a variety of ecosystems from the Australian Outback to permafrost-affected Arctic tundra. I am currently developing projects exploring how agricultural management affects microbial diversity and function in New Hampshire.


  • Ph.D., Ecology, Colorado State University
  • B.S., Chemistry, California Polytechnic State University

Research Interests

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Ecology
  • Ecosystem Health
  • Ecosystems
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Microbial Degradation
  • Microbial Processes
  • Microbiome

Courses Taught

  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Natural Res
  • NR 435: Contemporary Conservatn Issues
  • NR 600: Work Experience
  • NR 706/806: Soil Ecology
  • NR 743/843: Arctic Ecology and Society
  • NR 795W: Investigations

Selected Publications

Mackay, J. E., Bernhardt, L. T., Smith, R. G., & Ernakovich, J. G. (2023). Tillage and pesticide seed treatments have distinct effects on soil microbial diversity and function. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 176, 108860. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2022.108860

Whalen, E. D., Grandy, A. S., Sokol, N. W., Keiluweit, M., Ernakovich, J., Smith, R. G., & Frey, S. D. (2022). Clarifying the evidence for microbial- and plant-derived soil organic matter, and the path toward a more quantitative understanding. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY. doi:10.1111/gcb.16413

Ernakovich, J. G., Barbato, R. A., Rich, V. I., Schadel, C., Hewitt, R. E., Doherty, S. J., . . . Winkel, M. (2022). Microbiome assembly in thawing permafrost and its feedbacks to climate. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 28(17), 5007-5026. doi:10.1111/gcb.16231

Perryman, C. R., McCalley, C. K., Ernakovich, J. G., Lamit, L. J., Shorter, J. H., Lilleskov, E., & Varner, R. K. (2022). Microtopography Matters: Belowground CH4 Cycling Regulated by Differing Microbial Processes in Peatland Hummocks and Lawns. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-BIOGEOSCIENCES, 127(8). doi:10.1029/2022JG006948

Ernakovich, J. G., Eklund, N., Varner, R. K., Kirchner, N., Jeuring, J., Duderstadt, K., . . . Participants, A. S. I. A. Q. (2021). Is A Common Goal A False Hope in Convergence Research?: Opportunities and Challenges of International Convergence Research to Address Arctic Change. EARTHS FUTURE, 9(5). doi:10.1029/2020EF001865

Rocca, J. D., Simonin, M., Blaszczak, J. R., Ernakovich, J. G., Gibbons, S. M., Midani, F. S., & Washburne, A. D. (2019). The Microbiome Stress Project: Toward a Global Meta-Analysis of Environmental Stressors and Their Effects on Microbial Communities. FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY, 9. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.03272

Schadel, C., Bader, M. K. -F., Schuur, E. A. G., Biasi, C., Bracho, R., Capek, P., . . . Wickland, K. P. (2016). Potential carbon emissions dominated by carbon dioxide from thawed permafrost soils. NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE, 6(10), 950-+. doi:10.1038/NCLIMATE3054

Treat, C. C., Natali, S. M., Ernakovich, J., Iversen, C. M., Lupascu, M., McGuire, A. D., . . . Waldrop, M. P. (2015). A pan-Arctic synthesis of CH4 and CO2 production from anoxic soil incubations. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 21(7), 2787-2803. doi:10.1111/gcb.12875

Ernakovich, J. G., Hopping, K. A., Berdanier, A. B., Simpson, R. T., Kachergis, E. J., Steltzer, H., & Wallenstein, M. D. (2014). Predicted responses of arctic and alpine ecosystems to altered seasonality under climate change. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 20(10), 3256-3269. doi:10.1111/gcb.12568

Wallenstein, M., Allison, S. D., Ernakovich, J., Steinweg, J. M., & Sinsabaugh, R. (2011). Controls on the Temperature Sensitivity of Soil Enzymes: A Key Driver of In Situ Enzyme Activity Rates. In SOIL ENZYMOLOGY (Vol. 22, pp. 245-258). doi:10.1007/978-3-642-14225-3_13

Most Cited Publications