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Ph.D. Stanford University, 2009 • Assistant Professor Affiliate

Brief Description of Research Interests

I am a biogeochemist by training, and my research program focuses on three primary areas: (1) investigating interactions between biogeochemical and hydrological processes in managed and unmanaged systems; (2) co-developing approaches to optimize fertilizer, pesticide, and water management in agricultural systems; and (3) designing network observatories to measure and monitor the consequences of human activities for air, land, and water systems.

Research Interests

My research program focuses on quantifying the movement of carbon, nutrients, and water in terrestrial ecosystems, with an emphasis on how they are changed by human activities and how those changes feed back to affect human welfare. Most of my projects have focused at local to regional scales in Colorado and California, often in collaboration land managers and farmers interested in using scientific findings to inform sustainable water, nutrient, and pesticide management. This foundation has informed development of a new, large-scale, collaborative project with staff at remote ecolodges along the American Cordillera. At multiple locations, we are building a rainfall chemistry observatory network with support from The National Geographic Society; through this project, we seek to know more about the chemical fingerprint of human activities on remote regions.


I am motivated by the challenges and rewards of exploring effective, evidence-based teaching practices. In my time at CU, I have been involved with both the ASSETT Faculty Fellows and TRESTLE programs, which support course design and pedagogical training. I emphasize student engagement in the classroom through lively discussions and creative exercises focused on historical and present day environmental issues, as well as the details of biogeochemical cycles (see my courses ENVS-4050, EBIO/ENVS/GEOL-4160, and EBIO/ENVS/GEOL-5840). In addition, I have developed a new introductory course that teaches quantitative methods and critical thinking for Environmental Studies majors, ENVS-1001. I am very committed to increasing hands-on research opportunities for undergraduates on campus, especially at CU’s long-term research sites in the Colorado Front Range.

NOTE: I am currently recruiting 1-2 PhD students for Fall 2019. Please email me at eve.hinckley@colorado.edu with questions.

About Eve-Lyn Hinckley

Eve-Lyn Hinckley is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to joining the faculty in 2015, Eve was a staff scientist at The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). Eve remains actively involved in advising the design of the NEON Project, and exploring its synergies with research that she and her colleagues conduct at the Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) and Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) sites. In addition, she coordinates across multiple stakeholder groups in California to integrate her group’s research on the fate and transport of agricultural sulfur into sustainable management practices, policy, and regulation.