Christina Schädel

Dr. Christina Schädel (Action Team Staff Lead) works as a Assistant Research Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. She is a biogeochemist and plant ecophysiologist with expertise in climate change, ranging from arctic warming impacts on permafrost carbon to plant responses to elevated carbon dioxide.

She holds a joint coordination and research position with the Permafrost Carbon Network focusing on the decomposability of permafrost carbon in driving climate change in the 21st century. Prior to moving to Arizona, she worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida and University of Oklahoma working on climate change related issues.

She completed her PhD in 2009 at the University of Basel in Switzerland where she investigated the role of carbon stores in plants under elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide. She also hold a master’s degree in Integrative Biology from the University of Basel and spent one year at the University of Vienna in Austria developing a method for hemicellulose extraction.

Additionally, Christina enjoys science coordination and outreach, with the goal of raising public awareness of climate change.