Avni Malhotra completed her B.Sc. from York University, Toronto, where, through an undergraduate project in Churchill, Manitoba, she had her first experience of northern ecosystem research. Since then she continues to be fascinated by the biogeochemistry and ecology of northern ecosystems. She completed a master’s degree in Biology at Villanova University where she studied the effects of oil sands development on peatland carbon balance in northern Alberta, Canada. Her doctoral research at McGill University focused on ecosystem structure-function links in peatlands. As part of this research, she studied the effect of permafrost thaw on the link between peatland structure and carbon dioxide and methane fluxes. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Avni is studying fine-root dynamics within the SPRUCE and MOFLUX projects.