Dragos G. Zaharescu
Research Associate, Biosphere 2
(520) 332-5397

My research sits at the interface between biology, geology, population ecology and climate science. I have worked mostly on oligotrophic environments addressing fundamental questions related to ecosystem-substrate interaction and evolution from the scale of a catchment down to that of minerals. I am currently involved in an interdisciplinary effort focused on the initial stages of rock colonization by biotic communities (microbes, plant and mycorrhizae) and the initiation of mineral transformation and soil genesis. I also co-lead a world-wide adventure science initiative that pairs researchers with trained explorers under the common aim of understanding the critical role of microbes in initiating element cycle and soil genesis in the extreme environments of high altitudes and polar regions.

Research Themes: 
Climate change
Water quality
Animal behavior
Arid lands
Biogeochemical processes
Carbon cycling
Ecological behavior
Ecosystem ecology
Geochemical cycles
Herpetology
Microorganisms
Nutrient cycling
Plant ecology
Population biology
Riparian ecology
Soil science
Species adaptation
Terrestrial ecology
Water
Biogeochemical processes
Climate change impacts
Contaminants

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