Mark Bradford

Professor, Soils and Ecosystem Ecology

Research Overview

Areas of Interest

Plant & Soil Ecology; Global Change Ecology; Biogeochemistry


My research primarily involves the integration of observational and experimental approaches in field-settings to understand global change impacts on terrestrial ecosystems. Much of this work involves the application of stable carbon and nitrogen isotope, tracer techniques and, where necessary, the use of controlled-laboratory manipulations to tease apart competing mechanistic hypotheses.

Titles of Some Current Projects

The response of heterotrophic soil respiration and soil carbon to climate warming; Controls over decomposition and formation of soil carbon; Controls over the decomposition rate of wood and litter carbon pools; Management of urban natural area forests; Understory herb niche requirements as a function of the biotic and abiotic environment; Linking microbial community structure and processes across space; Testing whether microbial communities are functionally equivalent or dissimilar; Consequences of non-random plant species loss on litter decay, nutrient dynamics, carbon cycling and soil decomposer communities; Spread and impacts of invasive plant species; Adaptive responses of soil microorganisms to altered resource availability