Theresa McHugh

Theresa McHugh
Northern Arizona University


B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame (2001)

M.S. in Biology from Northern Arizona University (2004)

Ph.D. in Biology from Northern Arizona University (2013)

Research Focus

McHugh’s research focuses on how changes in the environment, particularly changes in moisture conditions, impact soil microorganisms and their associated processes.

Other Achievements, Honors, Awards

Arizona Regents’ Graduate Research Grant (2012–2013)

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (2012)

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Scholar Award (2012–2013)

NSF GK-12 Fellowship (2011–2012)

NSF IGERT Fellowship (2009–2011)

Co-founder of Science on Tap, Flagstaff

Big-picture Career Goal

To enrich future science through research, teaching, and public outreach

Personal Note

McHugh is a mountain biker, trail runner, and amateur gastronomist.

Selected Publications

McHugh TA, Gehring CA. 2006. Belowground interactions with arbuscular shrubs decrease the performance of pinyon pine and the abundance of its mycorrhizas. New Phytologist 171: 171–178.

Current Projects

Exploring relationships between the diversity of soil microorganisms and the processing of soil carbon and nitrogen

Full Curriculum Vitae