Melanie A Mayes
Senior Staff Scientist and Biogeochemical Dynamics Group Leader
Dr. Melanie Mayes (she/her/hers) is a Senior Staff Scientist and Biogeochemical Dynamics Group Leader with the Environmental Sciences Division and the Climate Change Science Institute. She also holds Joint Faculty Appointments with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science at the University of Tennessee. She is an Associate Editor with the journal Biogeochemistry, she was elected to serve on the DOE's Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory's User Executive Committee, and she chairs ORNL's Distinguished Staff Fellowship Committee. She was a lead science editor of the US Global Change Research Program's Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report, available at the following link: https://carbon2018.globalchange.gov/.
Melanie has a background in geology and contaminant hydrogeology. She designs experiments to build better models of natural processes, and is interested in diverse research at the intersection of water, minerals, solute chemistry, and biological cycling. Her current research involves improving the representation of terrestrial carbon cycling processes in Earth system and process models, developing techniques to incorporate metagenomic information into nutrient cycling models, developing technologies to reduce mercury loading and methylmercury generation in surface and ground water systems, and using advanced techniques such as neutrons to understand the interface of soil organic matter and minerals.
In her spare time, Melanie hikes the wonderful southern Appalachian mountains with her partner and dogs.