The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Root and soil ecology

Faculty in the Ecology graduate program with research interests in Root and soil ecology

Mary Ann Bruns
Associate Professor of Soil Science/Microbial Ecology

Understanding soil microbial responses to anthropogenic disturbance and roles of microbes in mitigating disturbance effects; biological nitrogen fixation; ecological restoration

Patrick Drohan
Associate Professor of Pedology

Soil formation and biogeochemistry due to land use and ecosystem change; soil and water degradation, and the remediation of soil physical and chemical properties in urban environments.

David Eissenstat
Professor of Woody Plant Physiology, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Plant physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology, climate change biology, root and soil ecology.

Jonathan Lynch
Distinguished Professor of Plant Nutrition, Department of Plant Science

Plant ecophysiology and agroecology; plant adaptation to nutrient stress; biogeochemistry of the Eastern deciduous forest; sustainable international development.

Jennifer Macalady
Associate Professor of Geosciences

Microbial ecology; microbial role in weathering and soil processes; controls on microbial diversity; ecological interactions in microbially dominated systems (ancient earth analogs).

David Mortensen
Professor of Weed Ecology / Biology

Studies the ecology (dispersal and establishment) and management of weedy and invasive plants. The group conducts research and develops policy on sustainable approaches to invasive plantmanagement in forested and agroecosystems.

Erica Smithwick
Assistant Professor of Geography

Landscape and ecosystem ecology. Disturbance ecology & disturbance synergies. Ecosystem simulation models. Climate change and ecosystem carbon storage. Fire and soil nitrogen. Microbial community composition and function. Spatial statistics.