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Louise Egerton-Warburton

Conservation Scientist, Soil and Microbial Ecology
Chicago Botanic Garden

I am a soil ecologist.  My research projects examine the ecological links between the above- and below-ground biota, and in particular, the roles of mycorrhizal fungi in ecosystem function.

 

My research revolves around three themes: documenting the diversity of mycorrhizal communities; developing a mechanistic understanding of how these plant-fungal interactions affect community and ecosystem processes, and examining the consequences of alterations in climate, land-use, and species invasions on this relationship.  I use lab and field experiments coupled with a variety of analytical approaches (e.g. stable isotopes, high throughput sequencing, enzyme activity) to address these themes. 

 

Current research projects include:

-Arbuscular mycorrhizal community responses to altered precipitation in a dry seasonal tropical forest;

-Integrating soil ecology into the conservation of rare and endangered plants; and,

-Agroecology: linking above- and below-ground systems.

Projects

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Mycorrhizal symbioses of the Amaryllidaceae (2016)
Ecology, Plant Systematics & Florisitic, Soil & Fungal Biology
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Rock-eating fungi (2009)
Soil & Fungal Biology
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Rock-eating fungi (2008)
Soil & Fungal Biology