About SBI Research:

The Subsurface Biosphere and Sustainable Natural Resources

Diagram of SBI research areas.
Link to Global Chemical Cycles

OSU Researchers Working in this Area

Researcher Expertise
Lynda Ciuffetti
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Molecular genetics of plant-parasitic fungi; evaluation of pathogenicity factors.
Kermit Cromack
Department of Forest Science
Decomposition and nutrient cycling processes in forest ecosystems; N2- fixation in forest soils; soil animals as ecosystem components; role of saprophytic and mycorrhizal fungi in nutrient cyclingprocesses; role of cations in forest nutrition.
Maria Dragila
Department of Crop and Soil Science
Mechanisms generating accelerated transport of fluids and solutes through highly heterogeneous unsaturated soils.
Martin R. Fisk
College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences
Marine geologist working with sea floor volcanoes and microbes in volcanic rocks. Comparison of rocks from Earth and other planetary bodies.
Roy Haggerty
Department of Geosciences
Exchange of water between streams and the shallow subsurface (the hyporheic zone), groundwater flow modeling, and on the physics of solute transport in highly heterogeneous materials.
Mark Harmon
Department of Forest Science
Ecosystem succession processes, decomposition, nutrient cycling, carbon dynamics, landscape dynamics.
Russell Ingham
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Soil nematodes and their role in soil ecology and as a plant pathogen.
Kate Lajtha
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Nutrient cycling in natural and human-disturbed ecosystems, soil organic matter dynamics, forest biogeochemistry.
Beverly Law
Department of Forest Science
Ecosystem processes, including carbon and water cycling (e.g. photosynthesis, transpiration by trees and shrubs, autotrophic and heterotrophic respiration).
James McMannus
College of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Past climate and geochemical cycles, modern geochemical processes in the ocean, estuaries, rivers, and lakes.
Andrew Moldenke
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Plant/insect interactions; pollination ecology; soil invertebrates and nutrient cycling; taxonomy of Coleoptera; behavioral evolution of bees; biological diversity and food-web structure.
David Myrold
Department of Crop and Soil Science
Diversity, ecology, and functioning of microorganisms in soil; particularly as they relate to the cycling of N and C in soils of forest and agricultural ecosystems.
John Selker
Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering
Physics and biology of contaminant transport in unsaturated soils, with particular interest in the connection between biological growth and water movement.
Joey Spatafora
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Molecular systematics and population genetics of fungi.
Dorthe Wildenschild
Department of Geosciences
Hydrogeology, vadose zone flow and transport, measurement techniques and numerical modeling.

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