Adviser: David Eissenstat and Susan Brantley
PhD, Ecology, The Pennsylvania State University, In Progress
B.S., Biology, Brigham Young University - Provo, UT, 2015
General CZO Interests: Tree root, mycorrhizal fungi, and lithology interactions Research Brief: I will determine deep root and mycorrhizal fungi community structure near shale and sandstone using minirhizotron and soil core samples. We will then extract DNA from these samples for sequencing in order to identify species. This work will help determine the effects of lithology on mycorrhizal interactions within the root ecology of the CZO (Hypothesis 3).
2019 (In Review)
Lithology differentially shifts root distribution of co-occurring tree species. Szink, Ismaiel, Hasenmueller, Elizabeth A., Orr, Alexandra S., Adams, Thomas S., Long, Robert S., Eissenstat, David M. (2019): Ecology (submitted)
The Effect of Lithology and Agriculture at the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory. Li Li, DiBiase Roman A., Del Vecchio Joanmarie, Marcon Virginia, Hoagland Beth, Xiao Dacheng, Wayman Callum, Tang Qicheng, He Yuting, Silverhart Perri, Szink Ismaiel, Forsythe Brandon, Williams Jennifer Z., Shapich Dan, Mount Gregory J., Kaye Jason, Guo Li, Lin Henry, Eissenstat David, Dere Ashlee, Brubaker Kristen, Kaye Margot, Davis Kenneth J., Russo Tess A., Brantley Susan L. (2018): Vadose Zone Journal, 17:180063
Papers and books that explicitly acknowledge a CZO grant are highlighted in PALE ORANGE.
Biomass Partitioning to Absorptive Roots in the Context of Multiple Resource Limitation. David M Eissenstat*, Alexandra S. Orr, Ismaiel Szink, Kusum J. Naithani, Jason P Kaye, Thomas S Adams (2018): Abstract B41K-2856 presented at 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C., 10-14 Dec
Slope position and Soil Lithological Effects on Live Leaf Nitrogen Concentration. Szink, I., Adams, T., Orr, A., Eissenstat, D. (2017): 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 11-15 Dec
Comparing Rooting Depth and Niche Partitioning Between Shale and Sandstone Derived Soils in Central Pennsylvania Mixed Forests. Szink, I., Adams, T.S., Orr, A.S., Ruppel, M., Donnelly, S., Brazil, L.I., and Eissenstat, D.M. (2016): 2016 Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, 12-16 Dec.
25 Apr 2017 - Ismaiel Szink, Doctoral Candidate in the intercollege graduate degree program ecology, has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation...
27 May 2016 - To kick off the CZO summer display in the Lower Classroom at Shaver’s Creek, the Environmental Center hosted a poster session to learn about...