University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
 
 
 
RebeccaMcCulley

Rebecca L. McCulley

Faculty

 

Directions to University of Kentucky, Lexington, KYUniversity of Kentucky, PSS
Campus LocationAg. Science Bldg. North
1100 Nicholasville Road (Office:N-222D)
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
Phone(859) 257-6388
Mobile(859) 533-2630
Fax(859) 323-1952
Emailrebecca.mcculley@uky.edu

 

Specialty:
Grassland Ecology

Education:

BA - Rice University, 1995

MS - Texas A&M University, 1998

PhD - Colorado State University, 2002

Experience:

2006-present Assistant, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky
2002-2006 Post-doc, Duke University

Research Interests:

My lab is broadly interested in the structure and function of grass and shrub-dominated ecosystems. We explore how human land use interacts with climate, soils, and biota in these ecosystem types to impact the storage and cycling of nutrients at both local and regional spatial scales.

 

WebSite:

http:/www.ca.uky.edu/pss/research/mcculley

 

 

This person page last updated on 2012-05-14




Classes

    PLS103 - Plants, Soils and People: A Global Perspective; Credits - 3
    Only a few things are essential to life, and food is one of them. What people eat is about what they need to be healthy, what they want to eat (personal preference and culture), and what they have available or can afford to eat. Agriculture plays a vital role in human food security. Many experts feel the world is facing a food supply crisis. Knowledge and application of the principles of plant and soil sciences will have a dramatic effect on human food security, now and into the future, both locally and globally. However, these issues will also be impacted by future human population growth, urbanization, consumer preferences, human decisions regarding civic duties, and climate change. Students successfully completing this course will leave with an understanding of the need to sustainably e.
    Instructors: Rebecca L. McCulley David Williams H. Davies

Research/Teaching Publications

    Books and Book Chapters

    McCulley, R. L. 2012. Grasslands and carbon: Processes and trends. Forest and Grassland Carbon in North America: A Short Course for Land Managers. C. Swanston, Furniss, M.J., Schmitt, K., Guntle, J., Janowiak, M., Hines, S. Newtown Square, PA, Gen. Tech. Rep. NRE USDA-Forest Service Northern Research Station.
    McNear Jr, D. H., and R. L. McCulley. 2012. Influence of the Neotyphodium - tall fescue symbiosis on below ground processes. Ch. 4.2 In Endophytes of Cool Season Grasses: Implications, Utilization, and Biology. First ed. C. A. Young, G. E. Aiken, R. L. McCulley, J. R. Strickland, C. L. Schardl, eds. The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore Oklahoma, USA. ISBN: 978-0-9754303-6-1.
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Rebecca L. McCulley Dave McNear
    Burke, I.C., A.R. Mosier, P.B. Hook, D.G. Milchunas, J.E., Barrett, M.A. Vinton, R. L. McCulley, J.P. Kaye, R.A. Gill, H.E. Epstein, R.H. Kelly, W.J. Parton, C.M. Yonker, P. Lowe, and W.K. Lauenroth. 2008. Soil organic matter and nutrient dynamics of shortgrass steppe ecosystems. Chapter 13, pp. 306-341. IN: W.K. Lauenroth and I.C. Burke, ed. Ecology of the Shortgrass Steppe. Oxford University Press, New York.
    Jackson, R.B., K.A. Farley, W.A. Hoffman, E.G. Jobbágy, and R.L. McCulley. 2007. Carbon and water tradeoffs in conversions to forests and shrublands. Chapter 19, pp. 237-246. IN: J.G. Canadell, D.E. Pataki, and L.F. Pitelka, ed. Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World. Springer, Cambridge, Mass.

    Refereed Journal Articles

    Hall, S. L., R. L. McCulley*, and R. J. Barney. 2012. Restoration of native warm season grassland species in a tall fescue pasture using prescribed fire and herbicides. Restoration Ecology 20: 194-201. (Sarah Hall was a PhD student Crop Science)
    Iqbal, J., J. A. Nelson, and R. L. McCulley*. 2012. Fungal endophyte presence and genotype affect plant diversity and soil-to-atmosphere trace gas fluxes. Plant Soil 364(1-2): 15-27.
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Rebecca L. McCulley Jim Nelson
    Iqbal, J., J. Siegrist, J. A. Nelson, and R. L. McCulley*. 2012. Fungal endophyte infection increases carbon sequestration potential of southeastern U.S.A. tall fescue stands. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 44: 81-92.
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Rebecca L. McCulley Jim Nelson
    McCulley, R. L. and R. B. Jackson. 2012. Conversion of tallgrass prairie to woodland: Consequences for carbon and nitrogen cycling. American Midland Naturalist 167: 307-321.
    Ruffner, M. E., R. L. McCulley, J. A. Nelson, and T. G. Barnes. 2012. Ecosystem function differs between Old World bluestem invaded and native coastal prairie in South Texas. Biological Invasions 14(7): 1483-1500. Published online: doi: 10.1007/s10530-012-0174-4. (Marvin Ruffner was a PhD student in Crop Science)
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Rebecca L. McCulley Jim Nelson
    Adler, P.B., E.W. Seabloom, E.T. Borer, H. Hillebrand, Y. Hautier, A. Hector, W.S. Harpole, L.R. O’Halloran, J.B. Grace, T.M. Anderson, J.D. Bakker, L.A. Biederman, C.S. Brown, Y.M. Buckley, L.B. Calabrese, C. Chu, E.E. Cleland, S.L. Collins, K.L. Cottingham, M.J. Crawley, E.I. Damschen, K.F. Davies, N.M. DeCrappeo, P.A. Fay, J. Firn, P. Frater, E.I. Gasarch, D.S. Gruner, N. Hagenah, J. Hille Ris Lambers, H. Humphries, V.L. Jin, A.D. Kay, K.P. Kirkham, J.A. Klein, J.M.H. Knops, K.J. LaPierre, J.G. Lambrinos, W. Li, A.S. MacDougall, R.L. McCulley, et al. 2011. Productivity is a poor predictor of plant species richness. Science 333:1750-1753.
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Rebecca L. McCulley David Hildebrand
    Brosi, G.B., R.L. McCulley, L.P. Bush, J.A. Nelson, A.T. Classen, and R.J. Norby. 2011. Effects of multiple climate change factors on the tall fescue—fungal endophyte symbiosis: Infection frequency and tissue chemistry. New Phytologist 189:797-805.
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Rebecca L. McCulley Jim Nelson Lowell Bush
    Brosi, GB, RL McCulley, LP Bush, JA Nelson, AT Classen, RJ Norby. 2011. Effects of multiple climate change factors on the tall fescue-fungal endophyte symbiosis: infection frequency and tissue chemistry. New Phytologist 189:797-805
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Rebecca L. McCulley Lowell Bush Jim Nelson
    Firn, J., J.L. Moore, A.S. MacDougall, E.T. Borer, E.W. Seabloom, J. Hille Ris Lambers, W.S. Harpole, E.E. Cleland, C.S. Brown, J.M.H. Knops, S.M. Prober, D.A. Pyke, K.A. Farrell, J.D. Bakker, L.R. O’Halloran, P.B. Adler, S.L. Collins, C.M. D’Antonio, M.J. Crawley, E.M. Wolkovich, K.J. La Pierre, B.A. Melbourne, Y. Hautier, J.W. Morgan, A.D.B. Leakey, A. Kay, R. McCulley, et al. 2011. Abundance of introduced species at home predicts abundance away in temperate grasslands. Ecology Letters 14:274-281.
    Gilliam, F.S., R.L. McCulley, and J.A. Nelson. 2011. Spatial variability in soil microbial communities in a nitrogen-saturated hardwood forest watershed. Soil Science Society of America Journal 75:280-286.
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Rebecca L. McCulley Jim Nelson
    Gilliam, FS, RL McCulley, JA Nelson 2011. Spatial variability in soil microbial communities in a nitrogen-saturated hardwood forest watershed. Soil Science Society of America Journal 75:280-286.
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Rebecca L. McCulley Jim Nelson
    Iqbal, J, JA Siegrist, JA Nelson, RL McCulley, 2011. Fungal endophyte infection increases carbon sequestration potential of southeastern USA tall fescue stands. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 44:81-92
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Rebecca L. McCulley Jim Nelson
    Ippolito, J.A., S.W. Blecker, C.L. Freeman, J. Blair, R.L. McCulley, and E.F. Kelly. 2010. Phosphorus biogeochemistry across a grassland climosequence. Journal of Arid Environments 74(8):954-961.
    Siegrist, J.A., R.L. McCulley, L.P. Bush, and T.D. Phillips. 2010. Alkaloids may not be responsible for endophyte-associated reductions in tall fescue decomposition rates. Functional Ecology 24(2):460-468. Published online: doi: 10:1111/j.1365-2435.2009.01649.x.
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Rebecca L. McCulley Lowell Bush Tim Phillips
    Weand, M.P., M.A. Arthur, G.M. Lovett, K.C. Weathers, and R.L. McCulley. 2010. Effects of tree species and N additions on forest floor microbial communities and extracellular enzyme activities. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 42:2161-2173.
    McCulley, R.L., I.C. Burke, and W.K. Lauenroth. 2009. Conservation of nitrogen increases with precipitation across a major grassland gradient in the Central Great Plains of North America. Oecologia 159(3):571-582.
    Siegrist, J.A., R.L. McCulley, L.P. Bush, and T.D. Phillips. 2009. Alkaloids may not be responsible for endophyte-associated reductions in tall fescue decomposition rates. Functional Ecology. Published online: doi:10.1111/j.1365-2435.2009.01649.x.
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Rebecca L. McCulley Lowell Bush Tim Phillips
    McCulley, R.L., T.W. Boutton, and S.R. Archer. 2007. Soil carbon cycling in subtropical savanna parkland: Response to water additions. Soil Science Society of America Journal 71:820-828.
    McCulley, R.L., T.W. Boutton, S.R. Archer. 2007. Soil respiration in a subtropical savanna parkland: Response to water additions. Soil Science Society of America Journal 71:820-828. Publication URL
    Blecker, S.W., R.L. McCulley, O.A. Chadwick, and E.F. Kelly. 2006. Biologic cycling of silica across a grassland bioclimosequence. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 20, GB3023, doi:10.1029/2006GB002690.
    Kaye, J.P., R.L. McCulley, and I.C. Burke. 2005. Carbon fluxes, nitrogen cycling and soil microbial communities in adjacent urban, native and agricultural ecosystems. Global Change Biology 11: 575-587.
    McCulley, R.L., I.C. Burke, J.A. Nelson, W.K. Lauenroth, A.K. Knapp and E.F. Kelly. 2005. Regional patterns in carbon cycling across the Great Plains of North America. Ecosystems 8:106-121.
    McCulley, R.L. and I.C. Burke. 2004. Microbial community composition across the Great Plains: Landscape versus regional variability. Soil Science Society of America Journal 68: 106-115. Publication URL
    McCulley, R.L., E.G. Jobbágy, W.T. Pockman, and R.B. Jackson. 2004. Nutrient uptake as a contributing explanation for deep rooting in arid ecosystems. Oecologia 141: 620-628. Publication URL
    McCulley, R.L., S.R. Archer, T.W. Boutton, F. Hons, and D.A. Zuberer. 2004. Soil respiration and nutrient cycling of wooded communities developing in grassland. Ecology 85: 2804-2817.
    Roberts, L., R.L. McCulley, I. Burke, and W. Lauenroth. 2004. Indications of groundwater usage by Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis) communities in northeastern Colorado: An oxygen isotope study. American Midland Naturalist 152: 178-182.
    Barrett, J.E., R.L. McCulley, D.R. Lane, I.C. Burke, and W.K. Lauenroth. 2002. Influence of climate variability on plant production and N-mineralization in Central US grasslands. Journal of Vegetation Science 13: 383-394.