Conservation Scientist, Soil and Microbial Ecology
Chicago Botanic Garden
I am a soil ecologist. My research examines the controls over ecosystem structure and function from the below-ground perspective.
My research projects typically integrate analyses of mycorrhizal fungal diversity and functioning with soil chemical and physical analyses to address three main questions:
•How do feedbacks from mycorrhizal symbioses modulate ecosystem dynamics, especially in human-impacted systems?
•What is the relative importance of biotic (mycorrhizal) versus abiotic (environmental) controls in ecosystem restoration?
•How can we integrate mycorrhizal ecology into applied conservation with intensifying global change?