Courtney Giles received a B.S. in Chemistry and B.A. in Environmental Geochemistry from SUNY New Paltz in 2007. She completed a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UVM in May (2012), which focused on organic phosphorus cycling in agricultural systems and the role of soil microorganisms in plant phosphorus nutrition. She is a post-doc with the RACC (Research on Adaptation to Climate Change) group.