Michelle N. Catania
MS, Geography, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
BS, Biological Sciences, Northern Illinois University, DeKal
Michelle's primary research focus is on urban ecology. Her initial years at the Arboretum as a Research Assistant were spent in Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch's lab, studying urban street trees growing in less than ideal conditions. Street trees have to overcome many obstacles and she helped develop models that guide the tree care industry to improve tree selection and site conditions to optimize urban tree health. Michelle's current research, as part of Dr. Meghan Midgley's lab, focuses on biogeochemical cycling in urban natural areas. Michelle is interested in studying the impacts of anthropogenic changes on our urban forests and providing data to guide the tree care industry to promote healthy, long-lived street trees.
- Nitrogen deposition effects on current and future forests
- Invasive earthworm impacts on forest soils and seedlings
- Vacant lots and soil ecosystem services
- Roots across the "tree" tree of life: Linking root and microbial traits with soil biogeochemistry
- Prescription side effects: Controlled burn impacts on soil biogeochemistry and forest dynamics
I am a part-time research assistant juggling full-time motherhood.