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Suding, Katharine N.

Lead PI, Investigator, Lead PI

Katharine N. Suding (Katie)

PhD, University of Michigan, 1999
BS, Williams College, 1994
Lab: 510-642-1334



Plant community ecology, restoration, invasion biology, environmental change, and conservation.

Disciplines: Climatology/meteorology • Plant/vegetation ecology • Biogeochemistry • Socio-ecological systems




Suding Lab


Warming shortens flowering seasons of tundra plant communities.

Prevéy, J.S., Rixen, C., Rüger, N., Høye, T.T., Bjorkman, A.D., Myers-Smith, I.H., Elmendorf, S.C., Ashton, I.W., Cannone, N. , Chisholm, C.L., et al. , Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3, 45–52, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0745-6,


Tundra Trait Team: A database of plant traits spanning the tundra biome.

Bjorkman, A.D., Myers-Smith, I.H., Elmendorf, S.C., Normand, S., Thomas, H.J.D., Alatalo, J.M., Alexander, H. , Anadon-Rosell, A. , Angers-Blondin, S. , Bai, Y. , Baruah, G. , Beest, M., Berner, L. , Bjork, R.G., Blok, D. , Global Ecology and Biogeography, DOI: 10.1111/geb.12821,


Plant functional trait change across a warming tundra biome.

Bjorkman, A.D., et. al., Nature, 562, 57–62, DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0563-7,


Patterns of root colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and dark septate endophytes across a mostly-unvegetated, high-elevation landscape.

Bueno de Mesquita, C, Sartwell, S.A., Ordermann, E.V., Porazinska, D.L., Farrer, E.C., King, A.J., Spasojevic, M.J., Smith, J.G., Suding, K.N., Schmidt, S.K, Fungal Ecology, 36, 63-74, DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2018.07.009,


Alpine catena response to nitrogen deposition and its effect on the aquatic system.

Litaor, I., Suding, K., Anderson, S.P., Litus, G., Caine, N., CATENA, 170, 108-118, DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2018.06.004,


Plant diversity and density predict belowground diversity and function in an early successional alpine ecosystem.

Porazinska, D.T., Farrer, E.C., Spasojevic, M.J., Bueno de Mesquita, C.P., Sartwell, S.A., Smith, J.G., White, C.T., King, A.J., Suding, K.N., Schmidt, S.K., Ecology, 99, 9, 1942-1952, DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2420,


Topographic heterogeneity explains patterns of vegetation response to climate change (1972–2008) across a mountain landscape, Niwot Ridge, Colorado.

Bueno de Mesquita, C.P., Tillmann, L.S., Bernard, C.D., Rosemond, K.C., Molotch, N.P., Suding, K.N., Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 50, 1, e1504492, DOI: 10.1080/15230430.2018.1504492,


Rapid temporal changes in root colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and fine root endophytes, not dark septate endophytes, track plant activity and environment in an alpine ecosystem.

Bueno de Mesquita, C.P., Martinez Del Rio, C.M., Suding, K.N., Schmidt, S.K., Mycorrhiza, DOI: 10.1007/s00572-018-0863-7,


Ecosystem function in complex mountain terrain: Combining models and long-term observations to advance process-based understanding.

Wieder, W.R., Knowles, J.F., Blanken, P.D., Swenson, S.C., Suding, K.N., Wiley Online Library, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 122, 4, 825-845, DOI: 10.1002/2016JG003704,


Seed-associated fungi in the alpine tundra: Both mutualists and pathogens could impact plant recruitment.

Tobias, T.B., Farrer, E.C., Rosales, A., Sinsabaugh, R.L., Suding, K.N., Porras-Alfaro, A., Fungal Ecology, 30, 10-18, DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2017.08.0,


Plant colonization of moss-dominated soils in the alpine: Microbial and biogeochemical implications.

Clifton P. Bueno de Mesquita, Joseph E. Knelman, Andrew J. King, Emily C. Farrer, Dorota L. Porazinska, Steven K. Schmidt, Katharine N. Suding, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 111, 135-142, DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.04.008,


Optimizing available network resources to address questions in environmental biogeochemistry.

Hinckley, E-L.S, Anderson, S.P, Baron, J.S, Blanken, P.D, Bonan, G.B, Bowman, W.D, Elmendorf, S.C, Fierer, N, Fox, A.M, Goodman, K.J, Jones, K.D, Lombardozzi, D.L, Lunch, C.K, Neff, J.C, SanClements, M.D, Suding, K.N, Wieder, W.R, BioScience, 66, 4, 317-326, DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biw005,


Teasing apart plant community responses to N enrichment: the roles of resource limitation, competition and soil microbes.

Farrer, EC, Suding, KN, Ecology Letters, 19, 1287-1296, DOI: 10.1111/ele.12665,


An overview of research from a high elevation landscape: the Niwot Ridge, Colorado Long Term Ecological Research programme.

Williams, MW, Seastedt, TR, Bowman, WD, McKnight, DM, Suding, KN, Plant Ecology and Diversity, 8, 5-6, 597-605, DOI: 10.1080/17550874.2015.1123320,


Incorporating biotic factors in species distribution modeling: are interactions with soil microbes important?.

Bueno de Mesquita, Cliff, King, Andrew J., Schmidt, Steven K., Farrer, Emily C., Suding, Katharine N., Ecography, 38, 001-011, DOI: 10.1111/ecog.01797,


Vegetation change at high elevation: scale dependence and interactive effects on Niwot Ridge.

Suding, Katharine N., Farrer, Emily C., King, Andrew J., Kueppers, Lara, Spasojevic, Marko J., Plant Ecology & Diversity, DOI: 10.1080/17550874.2015.1010189,


Indirect effects of global change accumulate to alter plant diversity but not ecosystem function in alpine tundra.

Farrer, E. C., Ashton, I. W., Spasojevic, M. J., Fu, S., Gonzalez, D. J. X., Suding, K. N., The Journal of Ecology, 103, 2, 351-360, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12363,


Assembly of root-associated bacteria communities: Interactions between abiotic and biotic factors.

Dean, S. L., Farrer, E. C., Porras-Alfaro, A., Suding, K. N., Sinsabaugh, R. L., Environmental Microbiology Reports, 7, 1, 102-110, DOI: 10.1111/1758-2229.12194,


Plant-microbe interactions at multiple scales across a high-elevation landscape.

Schmidt, S.K., King, A.J., Meier, C.L., Bowman, W.D., Farrer, E.C., Suding, K.N., Nemergut, D.R., Plant Ecology & Diversity, DOI: 10.1080/17550874.2014.917737,


Biotic mechanisms of community stability shift along a precipitation gradient.

Hallett, L.M., Hsu, J.S., Cleland, E.E., Collins, S.L., Dickson, T.L., Farrer, E.C., Gherardi, L.A., Gross, K.L., Hobbs, R.J., Turnbull, L., Suding, K.N., Ecology, 95, 6, 1693-1700, DOI: 10.1890/13-0895.1,


Separating direct and indirect effects of global change: a population dynamic modeling approach using readily available field data.

Farrer, EC, Ashton, IW, Knape, J, Suding, KN, Global Change Biology, 20, 1238-1250, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12401,


Using functional diversity patterns to explore metacommunity dynamics: a framework for understanding local and regional influences on community structure.

Spasojevic, M. J., Copeland, S., Suding, K. N., Ecography, 37, 10, 939-949, 09067590, DOI: 10.1111/ecog.00711,


Separating direct and indirect effects of global change: a population dynamic modeling approach using readily available field data.

Farrer, E.C., Ashton, I.W., Knape, J., Suding, K.N., Global Change Biology, 20, 1238-1250, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12401,


Shrub expansion over the past 62 years in Rocky Mountain alpine tundra: possible causes and consequences.

Formica, A., Farrer, E.C., Ashton, I.W., Suding, K.N., Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 46, 3, 616-631, DOI: 10.1657/1938-4246-46.3.616,


Nitrogen deposition alters plant-fungal relationships: linking belowground dynamics to aboveground vegetation change.

Dean, S.L., Farrer, E.C., Taylor, D.L., Porras-Alfaro, A., Suding, K.N., Sinsabaugh, R.L., Molecular Ecology, 23, 6, 1364-1378, DOI: 10.1111/mec.12541,


Incorporating novel ecosystems into management frameworks.

Hulvey, K.B., Standish, R.J., Hallett, L.M., Staromski, B.M., Murphy, S.D., Nelson, C.R., Gardener, M.R., Kennedy, P.L., Seastedt, T.R., Suding, K.N., Novel Ecosystems. Intervening in the new ecological world order., West Sussex, UK, Wiley-Blackwell, R. J. Hobbs, E. Higgs, C. Hall, 157-171, DOI: 10.1002/9781118354186.ch18 ,


Changes in alpine vegetation over 21 years: Are patterns across a heterogeneous landscape consistent with predictions?.

Spasojevic, M.J., Bowman, W.D., Humphries, H.C., Seastedt, T.R., Suding, K.N., Ecosphere, 49, 9, DOI: 10.1890/ES13-00133.1,


Co-occurrence patterns of plants and soil bacteria in the high-alpine subnival zone track environmental harshness.

King, A.J., Farrer, E.C., Suding, K.N., Schmidt, S.K., Frontiers in Microbiology, 3, 347, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00347,

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #DEB-1637686. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necesarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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