UC Merced - University of California, Merced
I research mycorrhizal fungi in fire prone ecosystems and the role they play in vegetative succession post-disturbance. I am particularly interested in the possible land management applications of fungal proliferation including prevention of non-native plant species, rare plant propagation, and ecosystem rehabilitation after fire and fire surrogate treatments. My research takes place in the Kings River Experimental Watershed within the Southern Sierra CZO.
Dust outpaces bedrock in nutrient supply to montane forest ecosystems. Aciego, S.M.; Riebe, C.S.; Hart, S.C.; Blakowski, M.A.; Carey, C.J.; Aarons, S.M.; Dove, N.C.; Botthoff, J.K.; Sims, K.W.; Aronson, E.L. (2017): Nature Communications
Meta-analysis reveals ammonia-oxidizing bacteria respond more strongly to nitrogen addition than ammonia-oxidizing archaea . Carey, C.J., Dove, N.C., Beman, J.M., Hart, S.C., Aronson E.L. (2016): Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry. 99. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.05.014.
Papers and books that explicitly acknowledge a CZO grant are highlighted in PALE ORANGE.
Geospatial techniques for fieldbased research: case studies in NW Baja California & Yosemite NP. Dove, N (2016): California Geographic Information Association Annual Geosummit. Merced CA
Fire reduces fungal species richness and mycorrhizal colonization: A meta-analysis. Dove, N., Hart, S. (2016): ESA Annual Meeting 2016
28 Mar 2017 - A team of researchers found that dust provides a much greater amount of nutrients to vegetation in the Sierra Nevada than previously thought.