Noah Sokol

Doctoral Candidate, Bradford Lab


B.S. Plant Biology, 2009, University of Guelph



I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Bradford Lab. My research focuses on how soil organic matter (SOM) is formed, and how stocks of SOM are altered by different agents of environmental change, like invasive species, shifting plant communities, and deforestation.

During my undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, I worked with Hafiz Maherali and John Klironomos on the physiology, ecology and evolution of plant-soil relations – specifically on the mycorrhizal symbiosis. I also worked with Jeremie Fant at the Chicago Botanic Gardens on the ecological genetics of a rare thistle species found in the tallgrass prairie. Somewhere in there, I spent some time out of the lab, and worked a few summers on some organic livestock and vegetable farms as well. 

I'm also interested in telling stories about the environment through multimedia journalism. I'm a Senior Editor at Sage Magazine, and host of the Habitations podcast. Along with a team of interdisciplinary graduate students at Yale, I've also created a multimedia web-based documentary project on The Maze District of Canyonlands National Park, funded by a grant from the Mellon Collaborative for Place-Based Studies.

Currently, my research is supported by the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, the Yale Earth Systems Center for Stable Isotope Studies, and the Connecticut Association for Wetland Science.