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Christa P. H. Mulder

Tundra plants
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Marie Thoms
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  https://sites.google.com/view/mulder-lab/home

I am a plant ecologist who works primarily on plant-animal interactions, usually at the intersection of population, community, and ecosystem ecology. While the questions and the systems I and members of my lab work on are diverse, our work usually involves both direct and indirect interactions between several species, and between those species and their physical environment. We combine field work with greenhouse experiments, historical datasets, and some modeling.

Christa P. H. Mulder
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Christa P. H. Mulder
Christa P. H. Mulder
Professor of Plant Ecology
Office: 
412 Irving I Building
907-474-7703
Postal Address: 
Institute of Arctic Biology
PO Box 757000
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. Ph.D. in Biology, December 1996
  • Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. M.Sc. in Biology, 1991
  • Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, USA. B.A., High Honors in Biology, 1988
  • Professor, Institute of Arctic Biology and Department of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks (July 2012-present).
  • Chair, Department of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) (July 2010-present).
  • Assistant Department Chair (Graduate Program), Department of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks (January–June 2010).
  • Associate Professor, Institute of Arctic Biology and Department of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks (July 2006-June 2012).
  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Arctic Biology and Department of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks (Jan. 2001-June 2006).
  • Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Ecology, School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), New Zealand (Feb. 1998-Dec. 2000).
  • Post-doctoral fellow, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden (May 1996-Jan 1998).

2010

Grant-Hoffman, M.N., Mulder, C.P. & Bellingham, P.J., 2010. Invasive rats alter woody seedling composition on seabird-dominated islands in New Zealand. Oecologia, 163, pp.449–460.

2009

Rixen, C. & Mulder, C.P.H., 2009. Species removal and experimental warming in a subarctic tundra plant community. Oecologia, 161, pp.173–186.

2008

Rohrs-Richey, J.K. & Mulder, C.P.H., 2008. Effects of local changes in active layer and soil climate on seasonal foliar nitrogen concentrations of three boreal forest shrubs. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 37, pp.383–394.

2007

Wardle, D.A. et al., 2007. Promotion of Ecosystem Carbon Sequestration by Invasive Predators. Biology Letters, 3, pp.479–482.

2006

Fukami, T. et al., 2006. Above- and below-ground impacts of introduced predators on seabird-dominated islands. Ecology (Letters), 9, pp.1299–1307.

Pages

  • 2008-2009 National Education Fellow in the Life Sciences, National Academies of Science, USA.
  • 2007-2008 Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, UAF
  • 1995 Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 1991-1993 Chancellor's Fellowship, UAF
  • 1991-1992 National Science and Engineering Research Council Post-Graduate Scholarship 3 (declined)
  • 1990-1991 National Science and Engineering Research Council Post-Graduate Scholarship 2
  • 1989-1990 Queen's Graduate Fellowship, Queen's University
  • 1988 Dean's Merit Award, University of Michigan
  • 1988 Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
  • 1988 Bates Key Honors Society, Bates College
  • 1988 Paul Hardy Award, Bates College
  • 1985-1988 Dean's Award, Bates College
  • United States Forest Service "Every Kid in a Park" program - $7,000 for Fostering Science. With collaborator Teresa Hollingsworth, USFS.

  • 2018  United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Women and Minorities in STEM Field Grant Program: Alaska Native Youth Investigate Food SysTEMS and Explore Career Paths in Food and Agriculture (Co-PI; PI is Heidi Rader, $93,329).

  • 2017   National Science Foundation: Arctic Berry Harvest – Public Participation in Scientific Research (Co-PI; PI is K. Spellman, $878,592).

  • 2017 National Science Foundation: Does variation in development explain variation inphenological responses to temperature? (PI; collaborative research with P. Diggle; $193,000, of which $109,000 to UAF).
  • 2016   National Science Foundation: Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research Site renewal grant. (Senior Investigator; includes $20,000 / year for research + up to $15,000 a year for the Fostering Science outreach program).
  • 2012    National Science Foundation: Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research Site renewal grant (Senior Investigator; $15,000 for research, $6,000 for an REU student).
  • 2009    United States Department of Agriculture: “Are Alaskan Pollinators Abandoning Native Berries for an Exotic Clover? Implications for Invasive Plant Management on Fruit  Production” (PI, $494,000)
  • 2007, 2008      National Park Service: “Data Collection for Modeling Invasive Plant Spread via Burned Lands in Alaska” (PI, $14,000 in 2007, $20,000 extension in 2008)
  • 2007 National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network: “SEAPRE: Seabird Islands and Introduced Predators: Impacts of Presence and Eradication on Island Function” (PI, $247,000).
  • 2006 Center for Invasive Plant Management: “Assessing wildfire burn susceptibility to invasive plant colonization in black spruce forests of interior Alaska”. (PI; with K. Villano and T. Hollingsworth, $5,000).
  • 2003 National Science Foundation: “Rats on islands: direct and indirect effects on plant communities” (PI, $392,000).
  • 2003 Western Regional Center (WESTGEC) of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC): “Will global warming alter plant parasite loads in the boreal understory?" (Co-PI; B. Roy PI., $244,000).
  • 2002  Marsden Foundation (New Zealand):  “Impacts of alien organisms on ecosystem functioning: a test using island ecosystems” (with D. Wardle, P. Bellingham, D. Towns, G. Yeates and W. Williamson, NZ $600,000)
  • 1999  Research grant, Victoria University of Wellington (NZ $3000)
  • 1997 Research grant, Oscar and Lilli Lamm Foundation, Sweden (SEK 72,000)
  • 1993 Research Grant, Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research, UAF ($1500)

For more information, including links to syllabi, go to: https://sites.google.com/view/mulder-lab/teaching

 Undergraduate:

  • Fundamentals of Biology II (BIOL 116),
  • Introduction to Plant Biology (BIOL 239)
  • Community Ecology (BIOL 472),

Graduate level

  • Scientific Writing, Editing, and Revising (BIOL 604)
  • Current Topics in Scientific Teaching (STO 692)

 

Current Graduate Students (More info)
  • Kara Kornhauser
Past Graduate Students

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