Kelly Wrighton, PhD.

Assistant Professor

Soil and Crop Sciences

Fields of Expertise


Areas of Interest

Microorganisms, Ecosystem processes, Carbon and Nitrogen cycling


Dr. Kelly Wrighton is interested in the study of microorganisms, their genomes, and the surrounding environment. She investigates how microorganisms contribute to ecosystem processes, with a particular interest in carbon and nitrogen cycling. Kelly’s microbial research has many applications, including improving predictions of greenhouse gas emission from soils, stabilizing gastrointestinal and heart health, and enhancing energy yield and longevity from hydrocarbon systems.