Nancy Collins Johnson

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BS in Biology, University of Minnesota, 1980
MS in Botany, University of Wisconsin, 1985 
PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, 1991


Office: Physical Sciences (bldg #19), room 124
Phone: 928-523-6473
Personal Web Site
Soil Ecology Lab

Research Interests

Nutritional symbioses among soil organisms fascinate me. I study arbuscular mycorrhizas, which are fungal symbioses with most terrestrial plants. Mycorrhizas in natural and agricultural systems are my primary research focus. A better understanding of the factors controlling the balance of trade between plants and mycorrhizal fungi could lead to their management so that fertilizer inputs can be reduced. Also, since mycorrhizal fungi are enormous (yet invisible), understanding how to manage them may help generate an important belowground carbon sink in our increasingly carbon dioxide enriched world.


Johnson NC, Wilson GWT, Wilson JA, Miller RM, Bowker MA. 2015. Mycorrhizal phenotypes and the law of the minimum. New Phytologist doi: 10.1111/nph.13172.

Werner GDA, Strassmann JE, Ivens ABF, Engelmoer DJP, Verbruggen E, Queller DC, Nöe R, Johnson NC, Hammerstein P, Kiers ET. 2014. The Evolution of Microbial Markets. Proceedings National Academy of Science USA 16: 1237-1244 (cover story)

Johnson NC, Angelard C, Sanders IR, Kiers TE. 2013. Predicting community and ecosystem outcomes of mycorrhizal responses to global change, invited review for a special issue in Ecology Letters 16:140-153.

Johnson NC, Graham, J.H. 2013. The continuum concept remains a useful framework for studying mycorrhizal functioning. Plant & Soil 363:411-419.

Ji B, Gehring CA, WilsonGWT, MillerRM, Flores-Rentería L, Johnson NC. 2013. Patterns of diversity and adaptation in Glomeromycota from three prairie grasslands. Molecular Ecology 22:2573-2587.

Liu Y, Shi G., Mao L., Cheng G., Jiang S., Ma X., An L., Du G., Johnson N.C., Feng H. 2012. Direct and indirect influences of eight years of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization on Glomeromycota in an alpine meadow ecosystem. New Phytologist 194:523-535.

Antoninka A, Reich PB, Johnson NC. 2011. Seven years of carbon dioxide enrichment, nitrogen fertilization and plant diversity influence arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in a grassland ecosystem. New Phytologist 192:200-214.

Johnson NC, Wilson GWT, Bowker MA, Wilson J, and Miller RM. 2010. Resource limitation is a driver of local adaptation in mycorrhizal symbioses. Proceedings National Academy of Science USA 107:2093-2098.

Johnson NC. 2010. Tansley Review: Resource stoichiometry elucidates the structure and function of arbuscular mycorrhizas across scales. New Phytologist 185:631-647.


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