Jared L. DeForest
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2004Ecosystem and Soil Ecology
Porter Hall 419740 593 0742
Faculty Research Focus Areas
PBIO 4/5380: Soils & Ecosystems (Fall Semester)
PBIO 2090: Plant Ecology (Spring Semester)
PBIO 3/5330: Restoration Ecology (Spring Semester)
PBIO 3/5020: Soil Microbial Laboratory (One-Week, Summer)
Awards Committee (Chair)
IT Committee (Chair)
OCEES Advisory Board
Environmental Studies Advisory Board
Research Program Summary
My research goals are to improve our understanding of how the physical environment alters the structure and function of ecosystems, either natural or anthropogenic. Most of my research involves investigating the influence of soil microorganisms mediating the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. One active project involves understanding the role of soil acidity and phosphorus influencing the carbon and nitrogen cycle in acidic hardwood forests. My research draws from soil science, ecosystem ecology, microbial ecology, and forestry.
Within the last 5 years:
Rinkes, ZL, DeForest JL, Grandy AS, Moorhead DL, Weintraub MN. 2013. Interactions between leaf litter quality, particle size, and microbial community during the earliest stage of decay. Biogeochemistry, In press.
Burns, RG, DeForest, JL, Marxen JC, Sinsabaugh RL, Stromberger ME, Wallenstein MD, Weintraub MH, and Zoppini A. 2013. Soil enzyme research: current knowledge and future directions. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 58:216-234.
Shaw AN and DeForest JL. 2013. The cycling of readily available phosphorus in response to elevated phosphate in acidic temperate deciduous forests. Applied Soil Ecology, 63:88-93.
Kluber LA, Carrino-Kyker SR, Coyle KP, DeForest JL, Hewins CR, Shaw AN, Smemo KA, Burke DJ. 2012. Mycorrhizal response to experimental pH and P manipulation in acidic hardwood forests. PLos ONE, 7(11): e48946. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048946.
Burke DJ, Smemo KA, López-Gutiérrez JC, DeForest JL. 2012. Soil fungi influence the distribution of microbial functional groups that mediate forest greenhouse gas emissions. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 53:112-119.
DeForest, JL, Smemo KA, Burke DJ, Elliott HL, Becker JC. 2012. Soil microbial responses to elevated phosphorus and pH in acidic temperate deciduous forests. Biogeochemistry,109:189-202.
Rinkes, ZL, Weintraub MN, DeForest JL, Moorhead DL. 2011. Microbial substrate preference and community dynamics during decomposition of Acer saccharum. Fungal Ecology, 4(6): 369-407.
Cheng, L, Booker FL, Burkey KO, Tu C, Shew D, Rufty TW, Fiscus EL, DeForest JL, Hu S. 2011. Soil microbial responses to elevated CO2 and O3 in a nitrogen-aggrading agroecosystem. PLos ONE 6(6): e21377. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021377
DeForest, JL and McCarthy BC. 2011. Diminished soil quality in an old-growth mixed mesophytic forest following chronic acid deposition. Northeastern Naturalist, 18(2): 177-184.
DeForest, JL and Scott LG. 2010. Available organic phosphorus has an important influence on microbial community composition. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J.,74: 2059-2066.
Smucker, NJ, DeForest JL, Vis ML. 2009. Difference methods and storage duration affect measurements of epilithic extracellular enzyme activities in lotic biofilms. Hydrobiologia, 636:153-162.
DeForest, JL. 2009. The influence of time, storage temperature, and substrate age on potential soil enzyme activity in acidic forest soils using MUB-linked substrates and L-DOPA. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 41:1180-1186.
Yuan W., Luo Y., Richardson RD, Oren R, Luyssaert S, Janssens IA, Ceulemans R, Zhou Z, Grunwald T, Aubinet M, Berhofer C, Baldocchi DD, Chen J, Dunn AL, DeForest JL, Dragon D, Goldstein AH, Moors E, Munger JW, Monson RK, Suyker AE, Starr G, Scott RL, Tenhunen J, Verma SB, Vesala T, Wofsy SC. 2009. Latitudinal patterns of magnitude and interannual variability in net ecosystem exchange regulated by biological and environmental variables. Global Change Biology, 15: 2905-2920.
DeForest, JL., Chen J., McNulty SG. 2009. Leaf litter is an important mediator of soil respiration in an oak-dominated forest. Int. J. Biometeorol., 53: 127-134.
Li, Q, Moorhead DL., DeForest, JL., Henderson R., Chen J., Jensen R. 2009. Mixed litter decomposition in a managed Missouri Ozark forest ecosystem. For. Ecol. Manage., 257: 688-694.
Noormets, A., McNulty SG., DeForest JL., Sun G., Li, Q., Chen J. 2008. Drought during canopy development has lasting effect on annual carbon balance in a deciduous temperate forest. New Phytologist, 179: 818-828.
National Science Foundation (NSF-DEB)
Ohio University Research Committee (OURC)
Current and Recent Research Projects
A field-based experiment to understand nutrient limitation in eastern deciduous forests.
Using benthic microbial communities to biomonitor acid mine drainage recovery.
Effects of phosphorus availability on the cycling of nitrogen and carbon (decomposition).
Influence of weather and climate on decomposition.
Current and Recent Student Research Projects
How the soil environment alters red maple fecundity.
Understanding how soil acidity and phosphorus alter belowground tree carbon allocation.
Understanding how weather and micro-climate interactions influence leaf litter decomposition.
Determining tree nutrient use efficiency under elevated pH and/or phosphorus.
Human activities and the pre-mature aging of soil at an old growth forest.