Chelsea is a terrestrial ecologist and biogeochemist with a PhD from Brown University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is the Program Manager for Earth Lab and works to identify strategic science initiatives, funding opportunities, and university and other (e.g., government, non-profit) partnerships.

Her background in interdisciplinary studies has guided her research interests to include measures of ecosystem structure and function as products of human-ecosystem interactions. One of her current research projects looks at the combined effects of invasive grass species and altered fire regimes on carbon storage across the Great Basin region of the U.S. Her dissertation examined the influence of land use and management practices on riparian forest structure and composition, secondary forest regrowth, and soil carbon storage in the Brazilian Amazon. In her research, she uses a combination of geospatial analysis, remote sensing, ecosystem modeling, and field studies.

In her free time, Chelsea loves to do yoga, run, ski, bike, and play with her sweet pup, Lola.

Check out some of her recent publications:

Nagy, R.C., E. Fusco, B. Bradley, J. Finn, A. Mahood, J. Allen, and J.K. Balch. 2020. A synthesis of the effects of cheatgrass invasion on U.S. Great Basin carbon storage. Journal of Applied Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13770

Fusco, E.J., J.T. Finn, J.K. Balch, R.C. Nagy, and B.A. Bradley. 2019. Invasive grasses increase fire occurrence and frequency across U.S. ecoregions. PNAS. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1908253116

Joseph, M., M. Rossi, N. Mietkiewicz, A. Mahood, M. Cattau, L. St. Denis, R.C. Nagy, V. Iglesias, J. Abatzoglou, and J. Balch.2019. Spatiotemporal prediction of wildfire size extremes with Bayesian finite sample maxima. Ecological Applications: https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/eap.1898

Nagy, R.C., E. Fusco, B. Bradley, J. Abatzoglou, and J. Balch. 2018. Human-related ignitions increase large wildfires across U.S. ecoregions. Fire 1(1): 4. https://doi.org/10.3390/fire1010004.

Nagy, R.C., S. Porder, P. Brando, E. Davidson, A.M. e Silva Figueira, C. Neill, S. Riskin, and S. Trumbore 2018. Soil carbon dynamics in soybean cropland and forests in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 123(1): 18-31. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JG004269.

Earth Lab takes a collaborative, big-data approach to answering some of our most pressing questions related to fire. We seek to understand what controls fire in the landscape, how fire is changing, and what this means for society.
We convened the first community organized NEON Science Summit to build community and better utilize NEON data for ecological research and education.
In the face of increasing frequency and severity of disturbances to western U.S. forests, this effort integrates data from individual trees to entire ecoregions to advance understanding of western forest recovery.
Damage from natural hazards is increasing despite the growing ability of the geo-sciences to delineate where and when extreme events will occur. We show that decades of risky development has increased exposure to the most damaging natural hazards.