Rebecca Mau

Rebecca Mau Senior Research Specialist
Northern Arizona University
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M.S. in Biology, Northern Arizona University (2014)

B.S. in Environmental Science, Minor in Global Change, University of Michigan (2005)

Research Focus

Generally, I am interested in understanding how microbial communities influence terrestrial ecosystem functioning, with an emphasis on global change.  With the development and use of newer molecular methods in microbial ecology, such as pyrosequencing and stable isotope probing, it is becoming possible to better link below- and aboveground processes.

Other Achievements, Honors, Awards

Awarded NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) funding for Spring 2012 semester

Big-picture Career Goal

By studying belowground community dynamics I hope to contribute to a better understanding of how soils function, ultimately leading to improved modeling of these complex systems.

Personal Note

I enjoy hiking with my pup Kali, road biking, traveling and brewing beer.

Selected Publications

Maestre, F. T., J. L. Quero, N. J. Gotelli, A. Escudero, V. Ochoa, M. Delgado-Baquerizo, M. García-Gómez, M.A. Bowker, S. Soliveres, C. Escolar, P. García-Palacios, M. Berdugo, E. Valencia, B. Gozalo, A. Gallardo, L. Aguilera, T. Arredondo, J. Blones, B. Boeken, D. Bran, A.A. Conceição, O. Cabrera, M. Chaieb, M. Derak, D.J. Eldridge, C.I. Espinosa, A. Florentino, J. Gaitán, M.G. Gatica, W. Ghiloufi, S. Gómez-González, J.R. Gutiérrez, R.M. Hernández, X. Huang, E. Huber-Sannwald, M. Jankju, M. Miriti, J. Monerris, R.L. Mau, E. Morici, K. Naseri, A. Ospina, V. Polo, A. Prina, E. Pucheta, D.A. Ramírez-Collantes, R. Romão, M. Tighe, C. Torres-Díaz, J.Val, J.P. Veiga, D. Wang, E. Zaady (2012) Plant Species Richness and Ecosystem Multifunctionality in Global Drylands. Science 335: 214-218

Bowker, M.A., R.L. Mau, F.T. Maestre, C. Escolar, A.P. Castillo-Monroy (2011) Functional Profiles Reveal Unique Ecological Roles of Various Biological Soil Crust Organisms. Functional Ecology 25 doi:10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.01835.x

Current Projects

Investigating Changing Soil Organic Matter Dynamics in Response to Substrate Additions Using a Novel Dual-Stable Isotope Probing (SIP) Technique

Understanding Soil Carbon Decomposition Dynamics in 4 Ecosystems Along an Elevation Gradient in Response to Warming and Substrate Additions

Full Curriculum Vitae