Welcome to the homepage of the Soil Microbial Ecology Laboratory! The laboratory is engaged in a wide range of research activities, most of which focus on the response of natural microbial communities at the intersection of different biogeochemical cycles. Cycles such as the nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon cycles should not be viewed as isolated cycles, but rather as coupled cycles with shifting components along environmental gradients. We are particularly interested in the impacts of different nutrient availabilities on the coupled nitrogen and carbon cycles, and associated processes such as mercury cycling.


    The short course Soil Microbiology: Applications and Analyses of Mycorrhizal Associations is designed for scientists, organic farmers, and others interested in the practical and theoretical aspects of using mycorrhizal fungi to enhance plant growth and nutrient cycling.

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    Short Course: Mycorrhizal Associations


    The University of Florida soil microbiology academic programs seek to introduce the principles of soil microbial ecology and to stimulate an appreciation of the roles of microorganisms in nutrient cycling and ecosystem functioning.


    SWS 4303C/5305C Soil Microbial Ecology
    SWS 4550/5551 Soils, Water, and Public Health

  • Recent Publications

    Kim et al. 2016. Distributions, abundances and activities of microbes associated with the nitrogen cycle in riparian and stream sediments of a river tributary. Water Res. 106:51-61

    Morrison et al. 2017. Mycorrhizal inoculation increases genes associated with nitrification and improved nutrient retention in soil. Biol Fertil Soils 53:275–279

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