Julie Deslippe

Teaching in 2020

Personal Bio

PhD University of British Columbia | BSc University of Victoria, Canada

I grew up in Canada’s high Boreal forest. I spent my childhood fishing, canoeing and helping my father in his organic vegetable garden. I loved plants and animals and was fascinated by how they coped with the harsh Northern winter. I did an undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Victoria, Canada and my PhD in Forest Science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. My PhD focused on the role of ectomycorrhizal fungi in the spread of woody shrubs onto Arctic tundra with climate warming.

Research interests

My research focuses on plant-microbial interactions and in particular their responses to land use and climate change. My goal is to develop our understanding of how species interactions determine the trajectories of ecosystems to different stable states in order that society can better address questions like: 1) What species can and will thrive under increased anthropogenic pressures? 2) How should we target our efforts to best save species and restore ecosystems? 3) What attributes or functions of biological systems preserve the ecosystems services upon which human societies depend most?

I use a variety of methodologies including molecular technologies, metagenomics, isotope techniques and biochemical analyses to elucidate relationships among species and their roles in driving ecosystem processes. Current projects include the following topics: restoration ecology, network modelling, mycorrhizal fungi of native New Zealand plants, microbial ecology and nutrient cycling of native and managed ecosystems.

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Trodahl MI, Jackson BM, Deslippe JR, Metherell AK. 2016. Investigating trade-offs between water quality and agricultural productivity using the Land Utilisation and Capability Indicator (LUCI)–A New Zealand application. Ecosystem Services. 2016 Nov 16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.10.013

Deslippe JR, Hartmann M, Grayston SJ, Simard SW, Mohn WW. 2016. Stable isotope probing implicates a species of Cortinarius in carbon transfer through ectomycorrhizal fungal mycelial networks in Arctic tundra. New Phytologist 210(2): 383-390.

Deslippe JR, Jamali H, Jha N, Saggar S. 2014. Denitrifier community size, structure and activity along a gradient of pasture and riparian soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 71: 48-60.

Deslippe JR, Hartmann M, Mohn WW, Simard SW. 2011. Long-term experimental manipulation of climate alters the ectomycorrhizal community of Betula nana in Arctic tundra. Global Change Biology 17: 1625-1636.

Deslippe JR, Simard SW. 2011.Below ground carbon transfer among Betula nana may increase with warming in Arctic tundra. New Phytologist 192: 689-698.

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Teaching in 2020