Plants, Soils, and Climate
PhD, Soil Science, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1991
BS, Forest Biology, State University of New York, 1980
Soil microbiology and ecology
Dr. Norton’s research focuses on understanding key organisms in the nitrogen and carbon cycles of terrestrial system on many different levels; from individual genes to ecosystem processes. Key areas of research interest include: the ecology of nitrification and genomics of ammonia oxidizing bacteria, microbial carbon and nitrogen cycling in soils, DNA probes for enzymatic functions, microbial / plant interactions in waste management, and role of microbial community structure in biogeochemistry and bioremediation.