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Ecoss Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community The Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) at NAU is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where all members feel valued and inspired to contribute to the Center’s success. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workplace leads to greater innovation and […]

Mycorrhizal controls on belowground litter quality

Plant productivity and ecosystem productivity are strongly influenced by nutrient availability, which is largely determined by the decomposition rate of plant litter. Belowground litter inputs (dead roots, mycorrhizae, and exudates) are larger than aboveground litterfall in many systems. Chemical quality and diameter primarily control decomposition for coarse roots, but these […]

leshyk illustration linking biogeochemistry

Linking Biogeochemistry and Microbial Community Chemistry

Overview The identities of organisms profoundly influence ecosystems, and microbial diversity is vast. The obvious disconnect between this diversity and its treatment in C cycling models is perhaps the best manifestation of the common complaint that so much physiology, taxonomy, ecology, and diversity is ignored when microbial communities are described […]

Virus bacteria cells as seen in a three-dimensional microscopic rendering.

Human Microbiome

Ecoss studies the microbial communities of the human body and the implications for disease including STDs and HIV, as well as analyzing the microbial community using bioinformatics, community ecology theory and Bayesian statistical modeling.

Ember Morrissey, Ecoss Postdoctoral Scholar, Wins Microbiology Award

Ember Morrissey, Ecoss Postdoctoral Scholar, Wins Microbiology Award

The American Society for Microbiology awarded the 2015 FEMS-ASM Mäkelä-Cassell Award to Ember Morrissey, Ph.D. Morrissey will be presenting her latest, groundbreaking research at the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) 6th Congress of European Microbiologists hosted this year in Maastricht, the Netherlands, on 7–11 June. Morrissey is currently a […]