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Cheryl Murphy, Ph.D.
Faculty Associate; Lab Coordinator
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Ph.D. - University of Kansas
  212 Holt

I wear several hats as the Faculty Associate within the Department, which include: purchasing, Chemical Hygiene and Safety Officer, Emergency Management Officer and managing the Departmental website. In addition, I am the Laboratory Coordinator for the Introductory Biology Labs (I and II).

I am also a plant and soil community ecologist. More specifically, I am interested in the impacts of plant species diversity on soil microbial communities and the subsequent effects on ecosystem processing mediated by soil bacteria and fungi. Various components of global change are decreasing biodiversity and altering processes such as nutrient and water cycling. However, most biodiversity studies only include aboveground aspects and very little is known about how soil microbial communities change due to direct (e.g. land-use change) and indirect causes (e.g. decreases in plant diversity).



Murphy CA and BL Foster. Soil properties and spatial processes influence bacterial metacommunities within a grassland restoration experiment. Submitted.

Foster BL, Questad EJ, Collins CD, Murphy CA, Dickson TL and Smith VH. 2011. Seed availability constrains plant species sorting along a soil fertility gradient. Journal of Ecology 99: 473-481.

Foster BL, Khavin IS, Murphy CA, Smith VH, Ramspott ME, Price KP and Kindscher K. 2010. Integrated responses of grassland biodiversity and ecosystem properties to hay management: A field experiment. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Sciences 113: 103-119.

Foster BL, Kindscher K, Houseman GR and Murphy CA. 2009. Effects of hay management and native species sowing on grassland community structure, biomass and restoration. Ecological Applications 19(7): 1884-1896.

Foster BL, Murphy CA, Keller KR, Aschenbach TA, Questad EJ and Kindscher K. 2007. Restoration of Prairie Community Structure and Ecosystem Function in an Abandoned Hayfield: A Sowing Experiment. Restoration Ecology 15(4): 652-661.

Murphy CA, Foster BL, Ramspott ME and Price KP. 2006. Effects of cultivation history and current grassland management on soil quality in northeastern Kansas. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 61(2): 75–84.

Foster BL, Dickson TL, Murphy CA, Karel IS and Smith VH. 2004. Propagule pools mediate community assembly and diversity-ecosystem regulation along a grassland productivity gradient. Journal of Ecology 92: 435–449.

Murphy CA, Foster BL, Ramspott, ME and Price KP. 2004. Grassland management and soil bulk density. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 107(1/2): 45–54.

Murphy CA and Lindquist JL. 2002. Growth response of velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti) to three postemergence herbicides. Weed Science 50(3): 364–369.