Jennifer Jones

Ph.D. student
Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Understanding the factors influencing decomposition is important for carbon cycling and nutrient cycling in ecosystems. Fungi are important to the decomposition of wood, but the determinants of their community assembly and the rate and trajectory of decay in aquatic systems are poorly understood. I will study how differences in wood nutrient availability and wood chemistry influence fungal community composition and the effectiveness of decompostion processes in lab and field conditions.  

Dept. of Plant Biology School of Integrative Biology
Program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology University of Illinois