Strickland Lab
 

Microbial Ecosystem Ecology at

the University of Idaho

 
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Our Focus

Our research interests fall at the interface between soil, microbial, and ecosystem ecology. Soils, as well as the microbial communities and ecosystem processes supported by soils, are some of the most imperiled systems on the planet. With the importance of soils in mind, we seek to understand how soils, soil communities, and soil meditated ecosystem processes respond to management and environmental change. This exploration has taken us from seeking to understand how invasive plant species impact soil carbon sequestration; to the effects of trophic downgrading on belowground carbon and nutrient cycling; to the role microbial communities play in leaf litter decomposition in the face of tree species and climate change; and more recently the ecosystem scale impacts of increased antibiotic inputs to soils. To realize these efforts we use a question led research approach that employs both field-based and lab-based experimentation. We often pair this approach with both analyses of microbial community composition and stable isotope techniques, allowing us to draw strong linkages between soil communities and ecosystem processes, as well as, the effect environmental change has on this link.

 

Current Research

The lab currently has several ongoing projects examining a range of topics. Our currently funded research and recent manuscripts are highlighted below.

INTERACTIONS BETWEEN ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN SOIL MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES AND COUPLED ELEMENTAL CYCLES

INTERACTIONS BETWEEN ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN SOIL MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES AND COUPLED ELEMENTAL CYCLES

VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS RELEASED DURING LITTER DECOMPOSITION AND THIER RELEVANCE TO SOIL ECOLOGY

VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS RELEASED DURING LITTER DECOMPOSITION AND THIER RELEVANCE TO SOIL ECOLOGY

IS A DIVERSE GRASSHOPPER COMMUNITY BENEFICIAL TO THE HEALTH AND FUNCTIONING OF RANGELAND ECOSYSTEMS?

IS A DIVERSE GRASSHOPPER COMMUNITY BENEFICIAL TO THE HEALTH AND FUNCTIONING OF RANGELAND ECOSYSTEMS?

QUANTIFYING SOIL HEALTH: MEASURING THE IMPACTS OF TILLAGE & COVER CROP PRACTICES ON NUTRIENT RETENTION, & SOIL PHYSICAL, BIOLOGICAL, & CHEMICAL PROPERTIES

QUANTIFYING SOIL HEALTH: MEASURING THE IMPACTS OF TILLAGE & COVER CROP PRACTICES ON NUTRIENT RETENTION, & SOIL PHYSICAL, BIOLOGICAL, & CHEMICAL PROPERTIES

 
 
 

 

Our research falls at the intersection of soil, microbial, and ecosystem ecology

 

 
 
 
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The Strickland Lab is funded by the following:

 
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