E. Ashley Shaw

AshleyAdvisor: Diana Wall
Office: Yates 214
Phone: 970-491-7802
Email: elizabeth.shaw@colostate.edu

I am interested in soils and their amazing biology. More specifically, I am studying food web structure and function in the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. Though few species inhabit this harsh environment, the different assemblages of nematodes, tardigrades, and rotifers depends on differences in soil moisture, carbon sources, and soil chemistry. I am exploring how carbon source (such as from contemporary algae or ancient lakes' algae) drives differences in these soil communities.

Selected Publications

Ramirez, KS, JW Leff, A Barberan, ST Bates, J Betley, TW Crowther, EF Kelly, EE Oldfield, EA Shaw, C Steenbock, MA Bradford, DH Wall, and N Fierer. 2014. Biogeographic patterns in below-ground diversity in New York City’s Central Park are similar to those observed globally. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.1988

García-Palacios, P, M Vandegehuchte, EA Shaw, M Dam, KH Post, KS Ramirez, ZA Sylvain, C Milano de Tomasel, and DH Wall. 2015. Are there links between responses of soil microbes and ecosystem functioning to elevated CO2, N deposition and warming? A global perspective. Global Change Biology, 21: 1590–1600. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12788