The College of Life Sciences

Aanderud, Zachary

Plant & Wildlife Sciences

Email: 1{bdibsz`bboefsveAczv/fev  (Email Form)

4125  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-4220

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

 Research Interests
Microbial and Ecosystem Ecology—Much of my research links temporal fluctuations in resources and disturbance, especially in extreme environments, to bacterial community structure and ecosystem services. This overarching theme has inspired questions relating to the: 1) consequences of rainfall and snowfall change on bacterial community assembly and trace gas production; 2) impact of nutrients and moisture variability on bacterial abundance and soil respiration in Antarctica dry valleys; 3) effects of wildfires on biological crust regeneration and soil stability in the Great Basin Desert; and 4) role of bacterial dormancy in structuring hypersaline lake communities across the western US.
  • International Society of Microbial Ecology, 2010-Present
  • Soil Science Society of America, 2009-Present
  • Ecological Society of America, 2004-Present
 Courses Taught

Winter 2014
  • IAS 201R: Cultural Survey Section 034
  • PWS 345: Air Quality & Pollution Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 022
Fall 2013
  • PWS 150: Environmental Biology Section 001
  • PWS 365: Environmental Microbiology Section 001
  • PWS 366: Environmental Microbiology Lab Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 022
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 020
Summer 2013
  • LFSCI 399R: Academic Internship Section 002
  • PWS 365: Environmental Microbiology Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 024
Spring 2013
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 017

Selected Publications
Journal Articles

Lennon JT, Aanderud ZT, Lehmkuhl BK, Schoolmaster DR. Mapping the niche space of soil microorganisms using taxonomy and traits. Ecology. 2012 Jul;93:1867-1879.

Aanderud ZT, Schoolmaster DR, Lennon JT. Plants mediate the sensitivity of soil respiration to rainfall variability. Ecosystems. 2011 Jan;13:673-682.

Aanderud ZT, Richards JH, Svejcar T, James JJ. Shift in seasonal precipitation reduces soil organic storage in a cold desert. Ecosystems. 2010 Jun;13:673-682.


Aanderud ZT, Dunken S, James JJ. Root exudates stimulate rhizosphere microbial activity and promote N feedbacks fro exotic grass invasion. Soil Science Society of America Annual Conference. San Antonio TX. 2011 Oct.

Aanderud ZT. Exploring novel weapons in microbial-plant-soil interactions. USA-China workshop on invasive species. Reno, NV. 2011 Mar.

Aanderud ZT. Prying open the microbial black box. Invited lecture-BYU Microbial Great Group. BYU. 2010 Jan.