Sherman, Arianna

Arianna Sherman

Arianna Sherman will be graduating from U.Va. with a Bachelors in Environmental Chemistry. She grew up in Charlottesville and graduated from St. Anne’s Belfield High School, during which time she worked in Dr. Cassandra Fraser’s Organic Chemistry laboratory researching Mechanochromic Luminescence.

Upon attending U.Va., Arianna began a research project with Dr. Karen McGlathery in the Environmental Science department, studying the biogeochemical processes involved in eelgrass (Zostera marina) restoration on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Her specific independent study focused on the covariance of hydrogen sulfide and organic matter in coastal bay sediments with changes in grain size. In the spring of 2014, she began her DMP thesis with Dr. Howard Epstein, also in Environmental Sciences, concerning the carbon cycling and losses from biomass and soil in tundra ecosystems of northern Siberia (Chukotka) due to fire disturbance. The results of this project could have significant implications for understanding the terrestrial inputs of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere on a global scale.

Outside of her academic interests, Arianna has served as a committee chair in the Undergraduate Research Network and founded and directed Hoos in the Stairwell, the only Broadway a cappella group at U.Va. After graduation, she will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry.