Katie Beidler


"When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.”

-John Muir (1869)


Research Interests: I am interested in characterizing how interactions between ephemeral roots and soil fungi (mycorrhizal and saprotrophic) affect carbon and nutrient cycling in ecosystems. I am also interested in how root and fungal traits change in response to climate, nutrient availability, and ecosystem carbon balance. In the past, I have explored how fine root morphology and branching structure relates to root function and decomposition.






Department of Biology
Jordan Hall Room 245
1001 E. Third St.
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 856-1563