Jenie Gil

Jenie Gil

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Ph.D in Biogeochemistry, Eastern Finland University, Finland.

M.Sc. in Science in Chemistry, Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), Venezuela.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Geochemistry, Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Venezuela.

Current Research  

At present, I am a post-doctoral research associate at Michigan State University and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). The main aim of my research at GLBRC is to improve applications of stable isotopes techniques to resolve the microbial origins of N2O in biocropping systems. My work is carrier out as a collaboration between Kravchenko lab (soil structure, soil – plants interaction) and Ostrom lab (stable isotopes).

During my time here, we have been working on two main projects focus on (1) The role of the decomposition of labile organic matter on N2O production and emissions, as a function of pore size and water content and (2) Potential associations between N2O production by fungi and differences in soil pore architecture developed by two different biofuel cropping systems in soils with contrasting texture (fine vs sandy).

Research interest

My main research interest lies in the area of soil biogeochemistry, biochemical cycles, soil- atmosphere interactions, global warming, and climate change. I am particularly interested in evaluating the use of stable isotopes including isotopomers, as a tool to characterize sources of greenhouse gases from soil and microbial pathways. More recently, and after working with Kravchenko lab, I have been captivated with the effect of plants rhizosphere on soil structure and further to N cycling processes. Our results are showing the importance of interactions among soil pore architecture and plants, something to have in mind when studying soil biogeochemical processes and greenhouse emissions from soils.


Gil, T. Perez, K. Boering, P.J. Martikainen, C. Biasi. (2017), Mechanisms responsible for high N2O emissions from sub-Arctic permafrost peatlands studied via stable isotope techniques, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 31, doi:10.1002/2015GB005370.

Marquina, L. Donoso, T. Pérez, J. Gil, and E. Sanhueza (2013). Losses of NO and N2O emissions from Venezuelan and other worldwide tropical N-fertilized soils. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, vol. 118, 1–11, doi:10.1002/jgrg.20081

Park, T. Pérez, K. A. Boering, S.E. Trumbore, J.Gil, S. Marquina and S. C. Tyler. (2011), Can N2O stable isotopes and isotopomers be useful tools to characterize sources and microbial pathways of N2O production and consumption in tropical soils? Global Biogeochemical Cycles, vol. 25, GB1001, doi:10.1029/2009GB003615.

Lux Arbor, MI (2019). Photography by Maxwell Oerther