Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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V. Bala Chaudhary, PhD

Title/s: Lecturer

Specialty Area: Environmental Science, Soil Ecology, Mycorrhizal Fungi, Microbial Biogeography, Restoration Ecology

Office #: BVM Hall 403

Phone: 773.508.3615

E-mail: vchaudhary@luc.edu

CV Link: Chaudhary CV

External Webpage: http://www.balachaudhary.com/

Degrees

Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, 2010

M.Sc., Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, 2006

B.Sc., Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago, 1999

Research Interests

My research revolves around the soil ecology of natural and managed ecosystems. I try to tailor my research questions to serve land managers and focus my work at the community and ecosystem scales. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how mycorrhizal fungal communities are assembled, how these communities interact with other soil organisms, and how they provide vital ecosystem services such as soil stabilization. I am particularly intrigued by the biodiversity and biogeography of mycorrhizal fungal communities and how this knowledge can be applied to the burgeoning field of conservation mycology.