Last update: 2013-01-11 16:11:06

Melany Fisk

Miami University
Department of Biology
212 Pearson Hall
Oxford OH
Telephone: n/a

Ph.D. University of Colorado, Environmental, Population, and Organismal Biology, 1995
B.S. Cornell University, Natural Resources, 1988

Professional Positions:
  • Associate Professor 2011 - present,Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Assistant Professor, 2007 -2011, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Assistant Professor, 2001-2007, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • Research Associate, 1998-2001. Cornell University Department of Natural Resources, Ithaca, NY
  • Visiting Research Scientist, 1997-1998. Cornell University Department of Natural Resources, Ithaca, NY
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate,1995 - 1997, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    Terrestrial ecosystems, biogeochemistry, soil organisms

    Selected Publications:

    Rastetter, E.B., R.D. Yanai, R.Q. Thomas, M.A. Vadeboncoeur, T.J. Fahey, M.C. Fisk, B.L. Kwiatkowski, and S.P Hamburg. 2012. Recovery from disturbance requires resynchronization of ecosystem nutrient cycles. Ecological Applications, in press.

    Groffman, P.M, and M.C. Fisk. 2011. Calcium constrains plant control over forest ecosystem nitrogen cycling. Ecology 92: 2035-2042.

    Minick, K.J., M.C. Fisk, and P.G. Groffman. 2011. Calcium and phosphorus interact to reduce mid-growing season net nitrogen mineralization potential in organic horizons in a northern hardwood forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 42: 271-279.

    Fisk, M. C., J. H. Sobieraj, T. J. Fahey, A. M. Costello, and T.O. Crist. 2011. Rhizosphere disturbance influences fungal colonization and community development on dead fine roots. Plant and Soil 341: 279-293.

    Groffman, P.M, and M.C. Fisk. 2011. Phosphate additions have no effect on microbial biomass and activity in a northern hardwood forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 44: 2441-2449.

    Fahey, T.J., J.B. Yavitt, R.E. Sherman, P.M. Groffman, M.C. Fisk, and J.C. Maerz. 2011. Transport of carbon and nitrogen between litter and soil organic matter in a northern hardwood forest. Ecosystems 14: 326-340.

    Groffman, P.M., J.P. Hardy, S. Fashu-Kanu, C.T. Driscoll N.L. Cleavitt, T.J. Fahey, and M.C. Fisk. 2011. Snow depth, soil freezing and nitrogen cycling in a northern hardwood forest landscape. Biogeochemistry 102: 223-238.

    Fisk, M.C., T.J. Fahey, and P.M. Groffman. 2010. Carbon resources, soil organisms, and nitrogen availability: landscape patterns in a northern hardwood forest. Forest Ecology and Management 260: 1175-1183.

    Fisk, M.C., R.D. Yanai, and N. Fierer. 2010. A molecular approach to quantify root community composition in a northern hardwood forest: testing effects of root species, relative abundance, and diameter. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40: 836-841.

    Naples, B.K., and M.C. Fisk. 2010. Belowground insights into nutrient limitation in northern hardwood forests. Biogeochemistry 97:109–121.

    Groffman, P.M, J.P. Hardy, M.C.Fisk, T.J. Fahey, and C.T. Driscoll. 2009. Climate variation and soil carbon and nitrogen cycling processes in a northern hardwood forest. Ecosystems 12: 927–943.

    Yanai, R.D., M.C. Fisk, T.J. Fahey, N. Cleavitt, and B.B. Park. 2008. Identifying roots of northern hardwood species: patterns with diameter and depth. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38: 2862-2869.

    Steinweg, J.M., M.C. Fisk, B. McAlexander, P.M. Groffman, and J.P. Hardy. 2008. Experimental snowpack reduction alters organic matter and net N mineralization potential of soil macroaggregates in a northern hardwood forest. Biology and Fertility of Soils 45: 1-10.

    Euliss, A.E., M.C. Fisk, S.C. McCleneghan, and H.S. Neufeld. 2007. Allocation and morphological responses to resource manipulations are unlikely to mitigate shade intolerance in Houstonia montana, a rare southern Appalachian herb. Canadian Journal of Botany 85: 976-985.

    Fisk, M.C., W.R. Kessler, A. Goodale, T.J. Fahey, P.M. Groffman, and C.T. Driscoll. 2006. Landscape variation in microarthropod response to calcium addition in a northern hardwood forest ecosystem. Pedobiologia 50: 69-78.

    Groffman, P.M., M.C. Fisk, C.T. Driscoll, G.E. Likens, T.J. Fahey, C.E. Eager, and L.H. Pardo. 2006. Calcium additions reduce nitrogen cycling in a northern hardwood forest. Ecosystems 9:1289-1305. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-006-0177-z

    Fisk, M.C., T. J. Fahey, P.M. Groffman, and P.J. Bohlen. 2004. Earthworm invasion, fine root distributions and soil respiration in north temperate forests. Ecosystems 7:55-62.

    Fisk, M.C., K.F. Ruether, and J.B. Yavitt. 2003. Microbial activity and functional composition among northern peatland ecosystems. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 35: 591-692

    Fisk, M.C., D.R. Zak, and T.R. Crow. 2002. Nitrogen cycling and retention in old- and second-growth northern hardwood forests. Ecology 83: 73-87.

    Fisk, M.C., and T.J. Fahey. 2001. Microbial biomass and nitrogen cycling response to fertilization and litter removal in young northern hardwood forests. Biogeochemistry 53: 201 – 223.

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator