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Dr. Linda van Diepen

Ecosystem Science and Management

Associate Professor

Soil Microbial Ecology

I joined the Soils group at the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the Fall of 2015. My research interests lie in the field of ecosystem science with a focus on the role of the microbial community in biogeochemical processes such as nutrient and carbon cycling. I am interested in understanding the responses of an ecosystem to various disturbances and how soil processes and plant-microbe interactions mutually control these ecosystem responses.

Research Interests

  • Role of soil microorganisms in restoration of forests after wildfire.
  • Mycorrhizae-plant interactions
  • Microbial interactions with invasive plant species, e.g. cheatgrass.
  • Effects of forest pathogens on below-ground microbial community dynamics.

Teaching Activities

  • SOIL 4140/5140 Soil Microbiology (Spring, 4 credits)
  • SOIL 4540/5540 Microbial Diversity and Ecology (Fall, 4 credits)

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