United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Becky Ball

Full Professor
Arizona State University
Research Interests
Becky Ball is a soil ecologist with expertise in soil biogeochemistry and biodiversity. She has worked in a variety of Antarctic ecosystems, both continental and maritime to study the impacts of environmental change (such as climate, invasive species, and human activity) on the microscopic soil biological community and their associated activities that regulate soil nutrient cycling. Her research also works to understand how the feedbacks between soils and plants progress development of terrestrial ecosystems under a changing environment.
Antarctic Research Location(s)
McMurdo Station
ARSV Laurence M. Gould
Field camp - helicopter access
Field camp - ship access
Dry Valleys
Other Antarctic Research Location(s)
terrestrial sites spanning the Antarctic Peninsula
Research Keywords
soil ecology, biogeochemistry, soil biodiversity, plant-soil interactions, environmental change
NSF Antarctic Program
Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems
SCAR Science Group Affiliation
Life Sciences Group