United States Department of Agriculture
My research explores (1) fire severity and postfire treatment effects on soil microbial communities in ponderosa pine forests, and (2) biological and functional diversity of mycorrhizal communities in mixed conifer forests with impending climate change.
How an ecosystem recovers aboveground after disturbance, like wildfire or management treatments, is directly linked to the survival of mycorrhizal fungi and other microorganisms belowground. Soil microbes are responsible for the complex soil biological and chemical processes that determine aboveground structure, and directly impact tree health and forest recovery. My research aims to further understanding of how forest fungi and soil microbes respond to fire, management disturbances, and impending climate change. My research projects are developed in response to the concerns of forest and resource managers with the intention of using the study results to speed the forest recovery process.
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