Sophie Parker

Meet the scientist video, grades 3–12



Sophie Parker is an ecoregional ecologist for The Nature Conservancy, with a background in soil and ecosystem science. Before studying nitrogen cycling in the soils of California grasslands for her doctoral work, Sophie spent time in Cape Cod digging soil pits. As a scientist, Sophie loves a mystery and was intrigued when she realized that each time you dig a soil pit, you don’t really know what you’re going to see. With every dig, she would encounter different layering of colors and textures and since soils can be very beautiful, they can almost resemble a layer cake as you’re digging down. Sophie lives in Pasadena with her family, and something tells us she still enjoys making mud pies.

Published November 2013