Rachel Gallery
Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
(520) 626-4685
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2007

Rachel Gallery is an Assistant Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment with appointments in the Genetics, Arid Lands Resource Sciences, and Applied Biosciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs. Rachel is a community ecologist focused on the ecology of soil microbes and plant-microbe interactions. Working in lowland neotropical forests, semi-arid grasslands, and high elevation mixed conifer forests, her experimental research approach examines the effects of species-specific plant-microbe interactions on plant population dynamics and community diversity, how disturbance and environmental gradients alter taxonomic and functional diversity of plant and soil microbiomes, and the impacts of these shifts on carbon storage and nutrient cycling.

Selected Citations: 

Docherty, K., Borton, H., Espinosa, E., Gebhardt, M., Gil-Loaiza, J., Gutknecht, J.L.M., Maes, P.W., Mott, B.M., Parnell, J., Purdy, G., Rodrigues, P.A.P., Stannish, L., Walser, O., and Gallery, R.E. (2015) Key edaphic properties largely explain temporal and geographic variation in soil microbial communities across four biomes. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0135352. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135352

Rasmussen, C., Gallery, R.E., and J.S. Fehmi (2015) Passive soil heating using an inexpensive infrared mirror design – a proof of concept. SOIL, 1, 631-639 [doi:10.5194/soil-1-631-2015]

Rocca-Serra, P. Walls, R., Parnell, J., Gallery, R.E., Zheng, J., Sansone, S.A., and A. Gonzalez-Beltran. (2015) Modeling a Microbial Community and Biodiversity Assay with OBI and PCO OBO Foundry Ontologies: The Interoperability Gains of a Modular Approach. Database The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation bau132. [doi:10.1093/database/bau132]

Field, J.P., Breshears, D.D., Law, D.J., López-Hoffman, L., Brooks, P.D., Chorover, J., Barron-Gafford, G.A., Gallery, R.E., Litvak, M.E., Lybrand, R., McIntosh, J., Meixner, T., Niu, G.Y., Papuga, S.A., Pelletier, J.D., Rasmussen, C.R., and P.A. Troch. (2015) A perspective on areas of emphasis for Critical Zone Services. Vadose Zone J.:[doi:10.2136/vz2014.10.0142]doi 10.2136/vzj2014.10.0142

Bagchi, R., Gallery, R.E., Gripenberg, S., Freckleton, R.P., Gurr, S.J., Narayan, L., Addis, C.E., and O.T. Lewis. (2014) Pathogens and insect herbivores drive rainforest plant diversity and composition. Nature 506: 85-88. [doi:10.1038/nature12911]

Gripenberg, S., Bagchi, R., Gallery, R.E., Freckleton, R.P., Narayan, L., Lewis, O.T. (2014) Insects and plant pathogens as agents of density-dependent seedling mortality: Field experiments with five Neotropical tree species. Oikos 123: 185-193. [doi:10.1111/j.1600-0706.2013.00835.x]

Kao, R.H., Gibson, C.M., Gallery, R.E., Meier, C.L., Barnett, D.T., Docherty, K.M., Blevins, K.K., Travers, P.D., Azuaje, E., Springer, Y.P., Thibault, K.M., McKenzie, V.J., Keller, M., Alves, L.F., Hinckley, E.S., Parnell, J., and D. Schimel. (2012) NEON Terrestrial Field Observations: Designing Continental-Scale, Standardized Sampling. Ecosphere 3(12): 1-17 doi: 10.1890/ES12-00196.1

Yilmaz, P. R. Kottmann, D. Field, R. Knight, J.R. Cole, L. Amaral-Zettler, J.A. Gilbert, I. Karsch Mizrachi, A. Johnston, G. Cochrane, R. Vaughan, C. Hunter, J. Park, N. Morrison, P. Rocca-Serra, P. Sterk, M. Arumugam, M.J. Blaser, P. Bork, P. Chain, E.K. Costello, H. Huot Creasy, P. Dawyndt, T. DeSantis, N. Fierer, J. Fuhrman, Gallery, R.E. et al. (2011) Minimum Information about a MARKer gene Sequence (MIMARKS) and minimum information about and (x) sequence (MIxS) specifications. Nature Biotechnology, 29:415-420.

Bagchi, R., Swinfield, T., Gallery, R.E., Lewis, O.T., Gripenberg, S., Narayan, L., Freckleton, R.P. (2010) Testing the Janzen-Connell mechanism: pathogens cause overcompensating density dependence in a tropical tree. Ecology Letters 13:1262-1269.

Gallery, R.E.*, Moore, D.J.P., and J.W. Dalling. (2010) Variation in susceptibility, tolerance, and timing of infection by seed pathogens in the neotropical tree genus, Cecropia. J of Ecology 98:147-155.

Research Themes: 
Natural Environment and Biodiversity

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