Dr. Catherine "Kitty" Gehring, PhD

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Assistant Professor

Ph.D. 1991, Northern Arizona University

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Research Interests:  My research centers on the ecology of mycorrhizae, the frequently mutualistic association between plant roots and fungi.  I am particularly interested in how other biotic and abiotic forces in the environment affect mycorrhizal populations and communities, and how these changes in turn influence host plant performance.  One current project examines how beneficial interactions such as mycorrhizae and nurse plant associations interact with herbivores and parasites to influence ecotonal shifts in pinyon-juniper woodlands.  A second project looks at the influence of terrestrial vertebrates and mycorrhizal fungi (and their interaction) on seedling growth, mortality and diversity in tropical rainforest.





Selected Publications

Gehring, C.A., J. E. Wolf, and T. C. Theimer. 2002. Terrestrial vertebrates promote arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity and inoculum potential in a rain forest soil. ECOLOGY LETTERS 5:540-548.

Gehring, C.A. and T. G. Whitham.  2002.  Mycorrhiza-Herbivore Interactions:  Population and Community Consequences.  In M. van der Heijden and I. Sanders, eds.  Mycorrhizal Ecology, Ecological Studies 157:295-320.

Brown, J. H., T. G. Whitham, S. K. Morgan Ernest, and C. A. Gehring. 2001. Complex species interactions and the dynamics of ecological systems: long-term experiments. SCIENCE 293:643-649.

Theimer, T.C. and C.A. Gehring.  1999.  Effects of a litter-disturbing bird species on tree seedling germination and survival in an Australian tropical rain forest.  JOURNAL OF TROPICAL ECOLOGY 15:737-749.

Gehring, C.A., T.C. Theimer, T. G. Whitham and P. Keim.  1998.  Ectomycorrhizal fungal community structure of pinyon pines growing in two environmental extremes.  ECOLOGY 79:1562-1572.