PhD, Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior, Indiana University
MS, Environmental Science, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
BS, Environmental Systems, University of California- San Diego
As the Soil Ecologist at The Morton Arboretum, Meghan Midgley studies plant-soil interactions in a changing world. Specifically, she aims to understand how interactions among plants, microbes, and soil mediate ecosystem-specific responses to environmental changes. Her research encompasses two overarching themes: (1) relationships between plant traits and ecosystem functions and (2) above- and belowground consequences of human activities. She investigates these topics using field experiments, field observations, and laboratory studies, with a particular focus on temperate hardwood forest ecosystems.
- Prescription side effects: Controlled burn impacts on soil biogeochemistry and forest dynamics
- Roots across the "tree" tree of life: Linking root and microbial traits with soil biogeochemistry
- The Tollway Trees Initiative: From right tree, right site to right soil, right tree
- Vacant lots and soil ecosystem services
- Invasive earthworm impacts on forest soils and seedlings
- Nitrogen deposition effects on current and future forests
Meghan Midgley has published in leading journals in her field and secured funding through highly competitive fellowships and grants, including a prestigious fellowship from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). She has also presented her work at national and international conferences and workshops, ranging from local Indiana Academy of Science meetings to a Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) course on boreal ecology in Umeå. In addition, she has mentored undergraduate students in designing and conducting independent research projects.