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About Lori A. Biederman

Plant communities are a result of their environment, competition among individuals, and interactions between the plants and co-occurring organisms, such as those in the soil surrounding roots. Human-induced changes in climate and nutrient availability are altering these influencing agents, leading to a loss in community diversity and simplified function. My research investigates the mechanisms that contribute to these structural and functional changes. Projects occur along a latitudinal gradient from Minnesota to Texas and throughout Iowa and in many ecosystems, including experimental cornfields, tall and mid-grass prairie, maple-basswood forest, sub-tropical thorn scrub, post oak savanna, and the Edward’s Plateau. My research results inform management and promotes long-term community and ecosystem sustainability.


Present Adjunct Assistant Professor, Iowa State University Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Francis and Evelyn Clark Soil Biology Scholarship
  • Springfield Research Award
  • Tom Slick Graduate Research Fellowship Award
  • Franklin F. Wasko Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Regents Graduate Fellowship
  • Conservation Biology Fellowship
  • J.W. Wilkie Fund for Natural History
  • Carolyn M. Crosby Fellowship
  • Dayton Natural History Fellowship
  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates


  • General Biology
  • Rangeland Communities
  • Restoration Ecology

Contact Information

307 Bessey
2200 Osborn Dr
Ames, IA 50011


Peer-Reviewed Articles (23)

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles (2)