As the Soil Ecologist at The Morton Arboretum, Meghan Midgley aims to understand how plant-microbe interactions mediate ecosystem-specific responses to global changes. Her research explores three main questions:
How do plants and soil organisms respond to environmental changes (e.g., land use change, plant and insect invasions, altered disturbance regimes, pollution, and climate change)?
What are the consequences for soil ecosystem functions, including retention and cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus?
To what extent do these changes in soil properties feedback to alter tree health and community composition?
She investigates these questions using field experiments, field observation, and laboratory studies, with a particular focus on temperate hardwood forest ecosystems.
PhD, Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior, Indiana University
MS, Environmental Science, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
BS, Environmental Systems, University of California- San Diego
Meghan Midgley has published in leading journals in her field and secured funding through highly competitive fellowships and grants, including a prestigious fellowship from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). She has also presented her work at national and international conferences and workshops, ranging from local Indiana Academy of Science meetings to a Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) course on boreal ecology in Umeå. In addition, she has mentored undergraduate students in designing and conducting independent research projects.