Many ecosystems are currently undergoing dramatic changes in biodiversity due to habitat loss and fragmentation associated with land use change, pollution, overexploitation, and climate change. Mitigating these effects requires an understanding of the drivers of biodiversity loss, and the consequences of loss on ecosystem processes and functioning. As there is unequivocal evidence for directly linking the effects of global change, soil biodiversity and nutrient cycling, my research uses a combined aboveground-belowground approach for understanding the regulation and functional significance of biodiversity. My lab uses experiments in the field, greenhouse and laboratory (BIOTRON), and the integration of empirical results with current theoretical perspectives to help identify how to mitigate the impacts of environmental change and maintain ecosystem function in soil systems.
Degrees and Institutions
1998-2001 B.Sc. Ecology, University of Calgary, Canada
2001-2003 M.Sc. Soil Ecology, University of Calgary, Canada
2004-2008 Ph.D. Community Ecology, University of Victoria, Canada
Dieleman, C.M., Branfireun, B.A., McLaughlin, J.W., and Lindo, Z. 2016. Enhanced carbon release from a northern poor fen under future climate conditions: Role of phenolic compounds. Plant and Soil 400: 81-91.
Darvill, R., and Lindo, Z. 2016. The inclusion of stakeholders and cultural ecosystem services in land management trade-off decisions using an ecosystem services approach. Landscape Ecology 31: 533-545.
Lindo, Z. 2015. Warming favours small-bodied organisms through enhanced reproduction and compositional shifts in belowground systems. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 91: 271-278.
Lindo, Z. 2015. Linking functional traits and network structure to concepts of stability. Community Ecology 16: 48-54.
Dieleman, C.M., Branfireun, B.A., McLaughlin, J.W., and Lindo, Z. 2015. Climate change drives a shift in peatland ecosystem plant communities: Implications for ecosystem function and stability. Global Change Biology 21: 388-395.