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Ecosystem Science and Management

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Linda van Diepen

Assistant Professor
Soil Microbial Ecology

Ag C 1014
(307) 766-2781
Curriculum Vitae

Linda T.A. van Diepen

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.


  • 2008, Ph.D. Forest Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
  • 2002, M.S. Environmental Science, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands
  • 1999, B.S. Environmental Chemistry at Hogeschool IJselland, Deventer, the Netherlands

Research Interests

  • Role of soil microorganisms in restoration of forests after wildfire.
  • Soil remediation of contaminated mine lands.
  • Effects of top-soil stock piling on soil microorganisms and consequences for mine land reclamation.
  • 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 4150/5150 Forest and Range Soils (Fall, 3 credits)

Contact Us

Ecosystem Science and Management

Agriculture Building 2013

Department #3354

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2263


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