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Bonnie Waring

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Biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, plant ecology, soil microbial ecology

Assistant Professor - Biology Department | Ecology Center

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 137
DialPhone: 435 797-6360

Educational Background

PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2013
Ecological Mechanisms Underlying Microbial Community Responses to Climate Change
BA, Biology, University of Pennsylvania, 2008

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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      Publications - Fact Sheets

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        Publications - Curriculum

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          Publications - Journal Articles

            Academic Journal

          • Waring, B., (2019). Observed variation in soil properties can drive large variation in modeled forest functioning and composition during tropical forest secondary succession. New Phytologist, doi: 10.1111/nph.15848
          • Waring, B., (2019). Plant community responses to stand-level nutrient fertilization in a secondary tropical dry forest. Ecology, doi: 10.1002/ecy.2691
          • Waring, B., (2018). Broad-Scale Patterns of Soil Carbon (C) Pools and Fluxes Across Semiarid Ecosystems are Linked to Climate and Soil Texture. Ecosystems, doi:
          • Waring, B., (2018). Ecological mechanisms underlying soil bacterial responses to rainfall along a steep natural precipitation gradient. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 94:2, doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiy001
          • Waring, B., (2018). Nitrogen limitation of decomposition and decay: How can it occur?. Global Change Biology, 24:4, 1417-1427. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13980
          • Waring, B., (2017). Effects of soil type and light on height growth, biomass partitioning, and nitrogen dynamics on 22 species of tropical dry forest tree seedlings. American Journal of Botany, 104:3, 399-410.
          • Waring, B., Powers, J.S, (2017). Overlooking what is underground: Root: shoot ratios and coarse root allometric equations for tropical forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 385, 10–15.
          • Waring, B., (2017). Will seasonally dry tropical forests be sensitive or resistant to future changes in rainfall regimes?. Environmental Research Letters, 12:2, 023001.
          • Waring, B., (2017). Historical climate controls soil respiration responses to current soil moisture. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1620811114
          • Waring, B., (2016). Forest composition modifies litter dynamics and decomposition in regenerating tropical dry forest. Oecologia
          • Waring, B., (2016). Historical precipitation predictably alters the shape and magnitude of microbial functional response to soil moisture. Global change biology
          • Waring, B., (2016). Perspectives on the Global disparity in ecological science. BioScience, 66:2, 147–155.
          • Waring, B., (2016). Plant–microbe interactions along a gradient of soil fertility in tropical dry forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 32:04, 314–323.
          • Waring, B., (2016). Stoichiometry of microbial carbon use efficiency in soils. Ecological Monographs, 86:2, 172–189.
          • Waring, B., (2016). Unraveling the mechanisms underlying pulse dynamics of soil respiration in tropical dry forests. Environmental Research Letters, 11:10, 105005.
          • Waring, B., (2015). Nitrogen, phosphorus, and cation use efficiency in stands of regenerating tropical dry forest. Oecologia, 178:3, 887–897.
          • Waring, B., (2015). Nutrient addition effects on tropical dry forests: a mini-review from microbial to ecosystem scales. Frontiers in Earth Science, 3, 34.
          • Waring, B., (2015). Pervasive and strong effects of plants on soil chemistry: a meta-analysis of individual plant ‘Zinke’effects: Proc. R. Soc. B. , 282:1812, 20151001.
          • Waring, B., (2015). Scale-dependent variation in nitrogen cycling and soil fungal communities along gradients of forest composition and age in regenerating tropical dry forests. New Phytologist
          • Waring, B., (2015). Short-term precipitation exclusion alters microbial responses to soil moisture in a wet tropical forest. Microbial ecology, 69:4, 843–854.
          • Waring, B., (2014). Ecoenzymatic stoichiometry of microbial nutrient acquisition in tropical soils. Biogeochemistry, 117:1, 101–113.
          • Waring, B., (2013). Differences in fungal and bacterial physiology alter soil carbon and nitrogen cycling: insights from meta-analysis and theoretical models. Ecology letters, 16:7, 887–894.
          • Waring, B., (2013). Exploring relationships between enzyme activities and leaf litter decomposition in a wet tropical forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 64, 89–95.
          • Waring, B., (2012). A meta-analysis of climatic and chemical controls on leaf litter decay rates in tropical forests. Ecosystems, 15:6, 999–1009.
          • Waring, B., (2008). Light exposure affects secondary compound diversity in lichen communities in Monteverde, Costa Rica. PennScience Journal, 6:2, 11–13.

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          Publications - Literary Journal

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            Publications - MultiMedia

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              Publications - Technical Reports

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                Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                  Publications - Other

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                    Scheduled Teaching

                    BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Fall 2018

                    BIOL 6750 - Topics in Biology, Spring 2018

                    BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Fall 2017

                    BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Fall 2016

                    Graduate Students Mentored

                    Guopeng Liang, Biology, January 2019
                    Karen Foley, Biology, August 2018
                    Jessica Murray, Biology, August 2017