Dr. Kyle Whittinghill joined the faculty in the Rubenstein School after ten years of teaching undergraduate Ecology, Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry, and Statistics at a variety of institutions. Her recent research focuses on incorporating evidenced-based teaching practices into STEM classrooms and increasing equity and inclusion in STEM. Projects include replacing traditional lecture instruction with group-based active learning activities, using open educational resource textbooks, and community-based service learning.

Kyle Whittinghill’s scientific research focused on how soil and sediment processes in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems affect watershed carbon and nutrient cycling. She used biogeochemical models supported by laboratory and field work to examine how global environmental change alters biogeochemistry at plot, local, and regional scales. Kyle completed her Ph.D. in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior studying how glaciation history affects carbon and nitrogen cycling in Alaskan tundra soils. She has since worked in Michigan and Colorado forests, oak savannahs in Minnesota, and watersheds in Alaska and New England. Kyle discovered she could combine her love of being outside with her interests in biology, chemistry, and math while participating in the Semester in Environmental Science program as an undergraduate student.


Selected Publications

Open Educational Resource Textbooks
Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • 2020 Pellegrini, A.F.A., K.K. McLauchlan, S.E. Hobbie, M.C. Mack, A.L. Marcotte, D.M. Nelson,  S.S. Perakis, P.B. Reich, KA. Whittinghill.  Frequent burning causes large losses of carbon from deep soil layers in a temperate savanna.  Journal of Ecology 108(4): 1426-1441.
  • 2014 Whittinghill, K.A., J.C. Finlay, and S.E. Hobbie. Decomposition of dissolved organic carbon across a hillslope chronosequence in the Kuparuk River region, Alaska. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 79: 25-33.
  • 2012 Whittinghill, K.A., W.S. Currie, D.R. Zak, A.J. Burton, and K.S. Pregitzer. Anthropogenic N deposition increases soil C storage by decreasing the extent of litter decay. Ecosystems 15(3): 450-461.
  • 2012 Whittinghill, K.A. and S.E. Hobbie. Effects of pH and calcium on soil organic matter dynamics in Alaskan tundra. Biogeochemistry 111: 569-581.
  • 2011 Whittinghill, K.A. and S.E. Hobbie. Effects of landscape age on soil organic matter processing in the Kuparuk River region, AK. Soil Science Society of America Journal 75(3): 907-917.
Kyle Wittinghill

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources
Research: Ecology and environmental science education, biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology


  • Ph.D. Ecology (tundra carbon and nitrogen cycling), University of Minnesota 2010
  • B.S. Biology, Middlebury College 2003


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Office Location:

312B Aiken Center