Chris Blackwood, Ph.D.
Research in my lab examines ecology and evolution of plants and microorganisms, with a focus on belowground interactions. Understanding the ecology of soil organisms is critical for predicting future ecosystem conditions and developing management strategies for sustainability. We are particularly interested in the critical roles of soil-plant-microbe interactions in shaping plant communities, ecosystem processes, and soil carbon dynamics.
Current and recent projects have addressed 1. coexistence of closely related plant species, 2. cascading effects of tree root traits on pathogen populations and soil carbon, 3. forest restoration, 4. performance of urban green roofs.
General areas of expertise
Community ecology of plants and microorganisms; Plant-fungal interactions; Root traits; Soil biogeochemistry and carbon dynamics
Chris Blackwood’s publications on Google Scholar.