Aanderud, Zachary

Plant & Wildlife Sciences

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

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

 Research Interests
Microbial and Ecosystem Ecology—Much of my research links temporal fluctuations in resources to microbial 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) impacts of disturbances and plant-soil-microbial interactions on C and N cycling in cold desert ecosystems; and 3) more recently, roles of bacterial functional traits in surviving and thriving in extreme environments (i.e., dry valleys of Antarctica and hypersaline lakes across the Western United States).
  • International Society of Microbial Ecology, 2010-Present
  • Soil Science Society of America, 2009-Present
  • Ecological Society of America, 2004-Present
 Courses Taught

Spring 2015
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 021
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 017
Winter 2015
  • PWS 345: Air Quality & Pollution Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 020
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 019
Fall 2014
  • 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 514: Soil Microbiology Section 001
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 020
Winter 2014
  • IAS 201R: Cultural Survey Section 034
  • PWS 345: Air Quality & Pollution Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 022

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Carling GT, Tingey D, Fernandez D, Nelson ST, Aanderud ZT, Goodsell T, Chapman T. Evaluating natural and anthropogenic trace element inputs along an alpine to urban gradient in the Provo River, Utah, USA. Applied Geochemistry. 2015 Nov;63:398-412.

Baughman O, Meyer S, Aanderud ZT, Leger E. Cheatgrass die-offs as an opportunity for restoration in the Great Basin, USA: Will local or commercial native plants succeed where exotic invaders fail?. Journal of Arid Environments. 2015 Sep;124:193-204.

Aanderud ZT, Jones S, Fierer N, Lennon J. Resuscitation of the rare biosphere generates pulses of ecosystem activity. Frontiers in Microbiology. 2015 Jan.  doi:dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2015.00024

Gornish E, Aanderud ZT, Shelley R, Svejcar T, Rinella M, Englund S, Jeremy J. Altered snowfall and soil disturbance influence the early life stage transitions and recruitment of a native and invasive grass in cold deserts. Oecologia. 2014 Dec.

Aanderud ZT, Jones SE, Schoolmaster D, Fierer N, Lennon JT. Snow alters the respiration sensitivity and composition of soil microbial communities. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 2013 Jan;57:217-227.

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, Lennon JT. Validation of Heavy-Water Stable Isotope Probing for the Characterization of Rapidly Responding Soil Bacteria. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2011 Jul;77:4589-4596.

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, Richards JH. Hydraulic redistribution may influence decomposition. Biogeochemistry. 2009 Sep;95:323-333.


Jones E, Aanderud ZT. Connections between river bacterial communities and pathogen abundance along mountain to urban transitions. 2015 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Baltimore MD. 2015 .

Aanderud ZT, Saurey S, Thompson A, Adams BJ. Multiple resources determine soil bacterial diversity and activity in an Antarctic polar desert. Long-term Ecological All Scientists Meeting. Estes Park, CO. 2015 .

Aanderud ZT. Introducing Gradient Along Mountain-to-Urban Transitions observatory network of water resources and quality across Utah, USA. Perth III: Mountains of our future Earth. Perth, Scottland. 2015 .

Magnusson T, Aanderud ZT. Environmental cues structuring bacterial dormancy shift from hypersaline to freshwater lakes. 2015 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Baltimore MD. 2015 .

Aanderud ZT. Resuscitation of the rare biosphere contributes to pulses of ecosystem activity. 2015 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Baltimore MD. 2015 .