Zoe G. Cardon
Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution
Associate Director, Center for Integrative Geosciences
Phone: 860 486 3868
FAX: 860 486 6364
Department of Biological Sciences,
Biology, B.A. Spanish,
for Integrative Geosciences,
Associate Director (May 2005-)
Graduate Program Director (March 2005-)
of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
Associate Professor (Fall 2003-)
Assistant Professor (August 1997-Summer 2003)
DOE Global Change Distinguished Postdoctoral fellow, UC Berkeley, F. S. Chapin III advisor (1994-1996)
Selected Fellowships and Honors:
Editorial Board, Oecologia (2004-)
Invited panelist, NSF "Frontiers in Belowground Carbon Cycling Research" workshop (2003)
Blaffer Hrdy Fellow in Conservation Biology, Organismic and Evolutionary
participant at Carey Conference IX, "Understanding Ecosystems: The Role of
Quantitative Models in Observation, Synthesis, and Prediction",
Invited member of international review panel for the National Phytotron at Duke (2001)
Department of Energy Global Change Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship (1993-95)
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (1990-93)
Institute for Population Studies,
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1988-90)
Phi Kappa Phi James R. Slater Fellow, awarded for excellence in plant sciences (1988-89)
Presidential Scholar (1983)
National Merit Scholar (1983-87)
Gartner, T.L. and Cardon, Z.G. (2006) Site of leaf origin affects how mixed litter decomposes. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 38: 2307-2317.
Cardon,Z.G. and Gage, D.J. (2006) Resource exchange in the rhizosphere – molecular tools and the microbial perspective. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 37: 459-88.
Zanne, A.E., Lower, S.S., Cardon, Z.G., and Orians, C.M. (2006) 15N fertilization of tomatoes: vascular constraints vs. tissue demand. Functional Plant Biology, 33:457-464.
Gray, D.W., Cardon, Z.G., and Lewis, L. A. (2006) Simultaneous collection of rapid chlorophyll fluorescence induction kinetics, fluorescence quenching parameters, and environmental data using an automated PAM-2000/CR10X data logging system. Photosynthesis Research 87:295-301.
Venterea, R.T., Rolston, D.E., and Cardon, Z.G. (2005) Effects of soil moisture, physical, and chemical characteristics on abiotic nitric oxide production. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 72:27-40.
B.A., Morris, T. F., Peters, R., and Cardon, Z.G. (2005) Long-term effects of tillage and corn
stalk return on soil carbon dynamics. Soil Science Society of
Johnston, C. A., Groffman, P., Breshears, D. D., Cardon, Z. G., Currie, W., Emanuel, W., Gaudinski, J., Jackson, R. B., Lajtha, K., Nadelhoffer, K., Nelson Jr., D., Post, W. M., Retalack, G., and Wielopski, L. (2004) Carbon cycling in soil. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 2(10): 522-528.
Gartner, T. B. and Cardon, Z. G. (2004) Decomposition dynamics in mixed-species leaf litter — a review. Oikos 104: 230-246.
C.S, Cardon, Z.G., and Czaja, A.D. (2003) A phylogenetic view of low level
Cardon, Z. G., Czaja, A. D., Funk, J. L., and Vitt, P. L. (2002) Periodic carbon flushing to roots of Quercus rubra saplings affects soil respiration and rhizosphere microbial biomass. Oecologia, 133: 215-223.
R. M., Cardon, Z. G., and Gage, D. J.
(2001) Galactosides in the rhizosphere:
utilization by Sinorhizobium
meliloti and development of a biosensor.
Proceedings of the
Z. G., Hungate, B. A., Cambardella, C. A., Chapin III, F. S., Field, C. B.,
C. C., Behling, J., and Cardon, Z. G.
(2000) Water relations of Betula
cordifolia and Betula allegheniensis
rooted together on landslides in Franconia Notch, NH. American
M., Cardon, Z.G., Bard, A.J., and
Cardon, Z.G. (1996) Effects of root exudation and rhizodeposition on ecosystem carbon storage under elevated CO2. Plant and Soil. 87(2):277-288.
Z.G., Mott, K.A., and
K.A., Cardon, Z.G., and
Cardon, Z.G., and Mott, K.A. (1989). Evidence that ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate (RuBP) binds to inactive sites of RuBP carboxylase in vivo and an estimate of the rate constant for dissociation. Plant Physiology 89:1253-1257.
Z. G., and Herron, P. M. Sweeping water,
oozing carbon: long distance transport and patterns of rhizosphere resource
exchange. (2005) IN: Vascular Tranport in Plants.
Cottingham, K. L., Cardon, Z. G., D’Antonio, C. M., Dent, C. L., Findlay, S. E. G., Lauenroth, W. K., LoGiudice, K. M., Stelzer, R. S., Strayer, D. L. Increasing modeling savvy: strategies to advance quantitative modeling skills for professionals within ecology. In: Models in Ecosystem Science. 9th Cary Conference volume, Canham, C., Cole, J. and Lauenroth, W., eds. pp. 428-436.
Editorial Board Member, Oecologia
National Science Foundation panel member: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants, Ecology, Ecology and Evolutionary Physiology, TECO (1996, 2000, 2004)
Physiological Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of
member of international panel to review and guide the National Phytotron at
Co-organizer of symposium "The Rhizosphere", sponsored by the Soil Ecology Section of ESA at annual national meetings of the Ecological Society of America (2000)
U.S. DOE panel, Alexander Hollaender Postdoctoral Fellowships (1998, 2000)
hoc reviewer for grant proposals from NSF, NASA, NERC,
Reviewer for American Naturalist, Biogeochemistry, Ecological Applications, Ecology, Global Change Biology, Journal of Ecology, Journal of Environmental Quality, New Phytologist, Physiologia Plantarum, Plant and Soil, Plant Cell and Environment, Oecologia, Science, Wetlands
Research grants --
UConn Research Foundation Large Faculty Grant, “Desiccation Tolerance in Desert Green Algae”, 1/06 – 1/07
NSF Ecosystems Program, "Desert Microbial Activity in the Rhizosphere Oasis", PI, co-PIs Daniel Gage and John Stark,7/1/04 – 7/1/07
NSF REU supplement, summer 2006
NSF REU supplement, two students, summer and fall 2005
NSF International Supplement, supporting
collaboration with Dr. Vit Gloser in the
NSF DDIG, Ecosystems Program, "Dissertation Research: Does Hydraulic Redistribution Increase Microbial Activity in the Rhizosphere?", PI, co-PI Patrick Herron, 7/1/04-7/1/06
UConn Research Foundation Small Faculty Grant, "Microbial activity in the rhizosphere oasis." 1/04-1/05
NASA Exobiology, "Phylogenetic diversity and comparative physiology of independently-evolved lineages of desert green algae (Chlorophyta)", co-PI with Louise Lewis, PI.
NSF Ecosystems Program, SGER, "Developing a New Miniaturized Sensor for Detecting Glucose in Soil", PI with Dr. Francis Moussy co-PI, 5/02-5/03
UConn Research Foundation Large Faculty Grant, "Effect of tillage and carbon input levels on soil organic carbon distribution" with Thomas Morris co-PI. 1/01-1/02
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, “Carbon fluxes from plant roots to soils -- how timing, quality, and quantity of fluxes affect rhizosphere microbial activity.” PI 3/00-12/04
UConn Research Foundation Large Faculty Grant, “Does Plant Phenology Influence Microbial Activity in the Rhizosphere? ” PI, 6/98-5/99
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, “Influence of Root Exudation and Rhizodeposition on Rhizosphere Processes in Natural Soils.” PI, 4/96-12/99
Teaching grants --
UConn Institute for Teaching and Learning Grant, “Biology as a quantitative science--easing the path to computational ability and conceptual thinking.” 6/99
NSF Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Grant, “Analytical and Quantitative Understanding of Integrative Plant Biology through Coursework and Independent Student Research” 6/97-6/00
SSSA meetings, November 2006, invited participant in symposium “Towards a Predictive Understanding of Belowground Ecosystem Responses to Global Change”
ESA meetings, August 2006, invited participant in organized oral session “Rhizosphere Functioning in Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles”
ESA meetings, August 2005, invited participant in organized oral session “Sensors and Sensor Networks”
Soil Ecology Meeting "Resource Exchange in the Rhizosphere", keynote speaker, May, 2005
Harvard Forest Symposium "Long-Distance Transport in Plants", invited speaker, October, 2002, "Free trade, slave trade, or something in between: resource exchange in the rhizosphere", coauthored with Arnold Bloom, UC Davis.
Change in Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) Workshop “Carbon Below Ground,”
Departmental or Series Seminars:
MIT, ESI (Earth System Initiative) seminar series, March 2006
MIT, Earth Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences Dept., February and April 2003
Columbia Earth Institute (Lamont-Doherty Earth Science Colloquium), March 2002
Harvard Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department, February 2002
Cook Univ. of North
Graduate Major Advisor:
Patrick Herron (NSF DDIG recipient and EPA STAR fellow, examining water flow in the rhizosphere and its effects on nutrient cycling, PhD expected 2006)
Bethanie Hooker (EPA STAR fellow and PEO Scholar, studying soil carbon storage in agroecosytems, PhD finished 2005, now at Mt Holyoke)
Gartner (NSF graduate research fellow, focused on decomposition of
mixed-species leaf litter; PhD finished December, 2003. Now an assistant
Graduate Committee Member:
Kristina Catanese (current, interested in desert crusts and the green algae within them)
David Hoover, UConn undergraduate researcher and post-graduate research assistant (joining the UConn Integrative Geosciences program fall 2006)
Naomi Avery, honors
Corie Cann (now in UConn BS/MS program in Conservation Biology)
Andrew Czaja, honors (now a NSF and NDSEG graduate fellow, astrobiology program, UCLA);
Jeremy Draghi (now graduate student at Yale; NSF graduate fellowship honorable mention);
Dunn, honors (now chemistry graduate student,
Jennifer Funk (UC Berkeley undergraduate, technician in my lab at UConn, now a NSF and EPA graduate fellow, Ecology and Evolution program, SUNY Stonybrook);
Pustell (now researcher at
Riley (now dietician counselor in
Multiple other undergraduate advisees through the honors program and through the EEB dept.
At Bowdoin: Cynthia Lodding (Senior research published in American Midland Naturalist)
Dennis Gray (current, focusing on photosynthesis in desert green algae from microbiotic crusts)
Pati Vitt (now
Conservation Botanist at the
Bowdoin: Jon Behling (now organic farmer
Regularly taught at UConn:
Introductory Biology (~300 freshman);
General Ecology “W” (~70-100 sophomores/juniors, writing intensive)
Organisms and Ecosystems (~10-20 seniors, graduate students)
Soil Degradation and Conservation (~10 seniors/graduate students)
Integrative Earth System Science (core course for new graduate students in the Center for Integrative Geosciences)
Taught irregularly at UConn:
Introduction to Undergraduate Research
Professional Development Seminar;
seminar on The Rhizosphere;
seminar on Plant Evolution,
seminar in Plant Ecology;
seminar on Plant Water Relations;
>15 semester-long independent study courses one-on-one with undergraduates and graduate students