Lacey A. Pyle
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2012 Master of Geological Science, Geological Sciences, University of Texas, Austin, TX

2009 Bachelor of Science, Earth Science, Rice University, Houston, TX

Awards & Honors

2017 Douglas & Martha Lou Broussard Fellowship
2017 Ford Dissertation Fellowship Honorable Mention
2016 Mills Bennett Fellowship
2016 Goldschmidt Conference Student Travel Grant
2016 Carl Storm Fellowship (Gordon Organic Geochemistry Conference)
2016 IBB Travel Grant (EGU Annual Meeting)
2015 Graduate Education for Minorities Program Fellowship
2014 SIPES Foundation Earth Science Scholarship
2014 Department Service Award in Earth Science
2014 Chevron Travel Grant (AGU Fall Meeting)
2013 Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Program Fellowship
2013 Houston Geological Society Calvert Scholarship
2012 Sam and Helen Worden Fellowship
2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention


charcoal, black carbon, soils, carbon cycle, fire, pyrogenic carbon

Selected Publications

Pyle LA, Magee KL, Gallagher ME, Hockaday WC, & Masiello CA (2017). Short- term changes in physical and chemical properties of soil charcoal support enhanced landscape mobility. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 122. DOI: 10.1002/2017JG003938.

Gao X, Driver L, Kasin I, Masiello CA, Pyle LA, Dugan B, Ohlson M (2017). Effect of environmental exposure on charcoal density and porosity in a boreal forest. Science of the Total Environment, 592:316-325. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.073.

Pyle LA, Hockaday WC, Masiello CA, Boutton TW, Zygourakis K, & Kinney TJ (2015). Chemical and isotopic thresholds in charring: implications for the interpretation of charcoal mass and isotopic data. Environmental Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03087.

Wiedemeier DB, Abiven S, Hockaday WC, Keiluweit M, Kleber M, Masiello CA, McBeath AV, Nico PS, Pyle LA, Schneider MPW, Smernik RJ, Wiesenberg GLB, Schmidt MWI (2015). Aromaticity and the degree of aromatic condensation of chars. Organic Geochemistry, 78: 135-143. DOI: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2014.10.002.

Schneider MPW, Pyle LA, Clark KL, Hockaday WC, Masiello CA, Schmidt MWI (2013). Toward a “Molecular Thermometer” to Estimate the Charring Temperature of Wildland Charcoals Derived from Different Biomass Sources. Environmental Science & Technology, 47(20):11490-11495. DOI:10.1021/es401430f.