Dr. Lauren Baldarelli

Dr. Lauren Baldarelli
Post Doctoral Scholar
OSU Extension Office Stark County
Degree Information: 
BS Environmental Science
M.Sc Biology
Ph.D Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

As part of the OSU Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration, Dr. Baldarelli conducts research on soil carbon dynamics and soil health along a continuum of diverse land uses/management on diverse farms in Stark County, OH. She collaborates with locals to assess how crop rotation, fertilization and tillage impact crop yield and carbon sequestration. She’s passionate about applying her soil microbial background to soil sustainability initiatives as an effort to support climate mitigation. Lauren’s on-farm soil carbon work in Stark County serves as the original framework for the overarching C-FARM project.

Dr. Baldarelli received both her bachelor’s degree in environmental science and her master’s degree in biology from John Carroll University, Cleveland Ohio. For her MS thesis project, she was part of a team that described new species of bacteria from the Atacama Desert in Chile, South America. She completed her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Kent State University. Her PhD projects involved better understanding how elevation, parent material, grazing and nutrient additions affected biocrust distributions and functionality throughout Arizona and New Mexico.

Additional Information: 

Prior to joining OSU, Dr. Baldarelli was a fulltime researcher at the nature-positive startup, Single.Earth, based in Estonia. There she focused on incorporating soil microbes into ecological models to better describe soil carbon storage in forested lands. Although she’s originally from western PA, she considers the Cleveland area home for the past 15 years. In her free time, Dr. Baldarelli enjoys riding her bikes, experimenting in the kitchen, traveling to new places and spending time with her family.