University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Grassland Ecology in the McCulley Lab

Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences, Univ. of Kentucky


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Dr. McCulley's 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.


  Examples of research questions our lab addresses:

1).  How do grasslands respond to climate and land use change?

2).  What are the ecosytem consequences of fungal endophyte infection in tall fescue?

3).  What controls litter decomposition in arid grasslands?

4).  How do invasive species affect grassland structure and function?