Welcome to Karst Lab

Our research focuses on the mycorrhizal ecology of forests. Mycorrhizas are symbioses formed between roots and fungi, and play important roles in forest recovery after disturbances, carbon cycling, and formation of soils.  Through a combination of field, lab and greenhouse experiments, we learn about mycorrhizas and apply this knowledge to maintain and restore forests on the landscape.

Lab News

This is a little late (been kind of a cuckoo semester) but Ana Bermúdez joined the lab in January 2021. She is here to start her 4 years of discovery, also known as a PhD. Welcome, Ana!

Jean Rodriguez Ramos successfully defended his PhD thesis 'Characterization, restoration, and assembly of fungal communities in lodgepole pine forests impacted by disturbances' and has already left to start his postdoc! We say farewell to Jean and Joseph (also starting postdoc), and hello to new PhD student Ana Bermudez. Welcome, Ana!

Joseph Cooper successfully defended his PhD thesis 'An exploration of aboveground and belowground interactions that shape forest dynamics'. Congratulations!! An excellent defense and the first PhD student to emerge from our lab.

Marc LaFleche had his manuscript 'Trace metals as indicators of tree rooting in bituminous soils' accepted by Land Degradation & Development.

James Franklin was awarded a University of Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship!

Joseph Birch had his manuscript 'Beyond seedlings: ectomycorrhizal fungal networks and growth of Pseudotsuga menziesii' accepted by Journal of Ecology. This paper is a beautiful example of combining dendroecology with mapping of fungal networks, and how it can be used to understand the relationship between connectivity among trees via EM fungi and their growth.

Nick Brown successfully defended his MSc thesis titled 'Biodegradation of Hydrocarbons in Bitumen: Exploring Plant-Assisted and Microbial Stimulation Techniques'. Congratulations, Nick!

Elena Schaefer joined the lab to start her MSc. She will be co-supervised by Kitty Gehring at Northern Arizona University. Welcome, Elena!



Contact Us

Interested in joining the lab?
Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. We are an inclusive lab committed to providing a welcoming, safe and creative research environment for all. We regard diversity as strength. Please email justine.karst@ualberta.ca