Aditi Sengupta

PhD, Environment and Natural Resources with specialization in Soil Science, The Ohio State University, 2015
MS,Environmental Studies, The Energy and Resources Institute, India, 2008
BS, Biochemistry, University of Delhi, India, 2005
Title & Affiliation: 
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biosphere 2, University of Arizona
Environmental Microbiology Research Group, Maier Lab, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona

I am a soil scientist by training and aim to do interdisciplinary research using molecular microbial ecology tools to study and characterize microbes that have important functional roles and ecological implications in our biosphere. My research in Biosphere 2 is focused on studying microbial community diversity patterns on a landscape scale and working with other researchers at the interface of microbiology, hydrology, and geochemistry. Using  the LEO hillslopes as a system, my goal is to determine microbial community diversity across length, breadth, and depth of the landscape, as affected by controlled rainfall regime and geochemical weathering of the slopes. I am also studying microbial communities that potentially contribute to rock weathering and soil formation over time and space. 

Model Systems


2017 (Published)

Functional Predictions of Microbial Communities in Soil as Affected by Long-term Tillage Practices . Hariharan, J., Sengupta, A., Grewal, P., and Dick, W.A. (2017): Agricultural & Environmental Letters 2(1): 170031.

2016 (Published)

A priori Considerations When Conducting High-Throughput Amplicon-Based Sequence Analysis . Sengupta, A. and Dick, W. A. (2016): Agricultural & Environmental Letters 1(1).

2016 (Published)

Soil Lysimeter Excavation for Coupled Hydrological, Geochemical, and Microbiological Investigations . Sengupta, A. Wang, Y., Meira-Neto, A.A., Matos, K.A., Dontsova, K., Root, R., Neilson, J.W., Maier, R.M., Chorover, J., and Troch, P.A. (2016): Journal of Visualized Experiments 115: e54536.

2015 (Published)

Bacterial Community Diversity in Soil Under two Tillage Practices as Determined by Pyrosequencing . Sengupta, A., Dick, W.A. (2015): Microb Ecology 70(3): 853–859.

2012 (Published)

Prediction of β-glucosidase and β-glucosaminidase activities, soil organic C, and amino sugar N in a diverse population of soils using near infrared reflectance spectroscopy . Dick, W.A., Thavamani, B., Conley, S., Blaisdell, R., Sengupta, A. (2012): Soil Biology and Biochemistry 56: 99-104.