Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tennessee Knoxville (2017)
  • PhD, University of Tennessee, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2017)
  • Bachelor of Science, Seattle University (2011)

All Publications


  • Climate-driven reduction of genetic variation in plant phenology alters soil communities and nutrient pools GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY Ware, I. M., Van Nuland, M. E., Schweitzer, J. A., Yang, Z., Schadt, C. W., Sidak-Loftis, L. C., Stone, N. E., Busch, J. D., Wagner, D. M., Bailey, J. K. 2019; 25 (4): 1514–28

    View details for DOI 10.1111/gcb.14553

    View details for Web of Science ID 000461817500023

  • Bringing Plants & Soils to Life through a Simple Role-Playing Activity AMERICAN BIOLOGY TEACHER Van Nuland, M. E., Chen, M., England, B. J. 2019; 81 (4): 287–90
  • Climate-driven reduction of genetic variation in plant phenology alters soil communities and nutrient pools. Global change biology Ware, I. M., Van Nuland, M. E., Schweitzer, J. A., Yang, Z., Schadt, C. W., Sidak-Loftis, L. C., Stone, N. E., Busch, J. D., Wagner, D. M., Bailey, J. K. 2019

    Abstract

    We examined the hypothesis that climate-driven evolution of plant traits will influence associated soil microbiomes and ecosystem function across the landscape. Using a foundation tree species, Populus angustifolia, observational and common garden approaches, and a base population genetic collection that spans 17 river systems in the western United States, from AZ to MT, we show that (a) as mean annual temperature (MAT) increases, genetic and phenotypic variation for bud break phenology decline; (b) soil microbiomes, soil nitrogen (N), and soil carbon (C) vary in response to MAT and conditioning by trees; and (c) with losses of genetic variation due to warming, population-level regulation of community and ecosystem functions strengthen. These results demonstrate a relationship between the potential evolutionary response of populations and subsequent shifts in ecosystem function along a large temperature gradient.

    View details for PubMedID 30659721

  • Feedbacks link ecosystem ecology and evolution across spatial and temporal scales: Empirical evidence and future directions FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY Ware, I. M., Fitzpatrick, C. R., Senthilnathan, A., Bayliss, S. J., Beals, K. K., Mueller, L. O., Summers, J. L., Wooliver, R. C., Van Nuland, M. E., Kinnison, M. T., Palkovacs, E. P., Schweitzer, J. A., Bailey, J. K. 2019; 33 (1): 31–42
  • Ecosystem feedbacks contribute to geographic variation in plant-soil eco-evolutionary dynamics across a fertility gradient FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY Van Nuland, M. E., Ware, I. M., Bailey, J. K., Schweitzer, J. A. 2019; 33 (1): 95–106
  • Soil fungi underlie a phylogenetic pattern in plant growth responses to nitrogen enrichment JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY Wooliver, R. C., Senior, J. K., Potts, B. M., Van Nuland, M. E., Bailey, J. K., Schweitzer, J. A. 2018; 106 (6): 2161–75