Montana State University

Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173120
Bozeman, MT 59717-3120

Tel: (406) 994-7060
Fax: (406) 994-3933
Location: 334 Leon Johnson Hall

Academic Programs:

Tel: (406) 994-3090

Department Head:

Dr. Tracy M. Sterling

Catherine Zabinski

Professor; Ph.D. 1991, University of Minnesota; B.A. 1983, College of St. Benedict, Minnesota. Teaching focus on restoration ecology and plant and soil ecology.  Research interests in belowground plant ecology, invasive species biology, and restoration ecology, with an emphasis on soil biota.

Recent Publications:

  • Lekberg, Y., J. Meadow, J.R. Rohr, D. Redecker, C. A. Zabinski. 2011. Importance of dispersal and thermal environment for mycorrhizal communities: Lessons from Yellowstone National Park. Ecology, 92: 1292-1302.
  • DeLuca, T. and C. Zabinski. 2011. Prairie ecosystems and the carbon problem. Ecological Frontiers, doi: 10.1890/100063
  • Taylor, C., O. Stein, P. Hook, and C. Zabinski. 2011. Seasonal effects of 19 plant species on COD removal in subsurface treatment wetland microcosms. Ecological Engineering, 37: 197-203.
  • Hoeksema, J., V. Chaudhary, C. Gehring, N. Johnson, J. Karst, R. Koide, A. Pringle, C. Zabinski, J. Bever, J. Moore, G. Wilson, J. Klironomos, John; J. Umbanhowar. 2010. A meta-analysis of context dependency in plant response to mycorrhizal fungi. Ecology Letters. 13: 394-407.
  • Bunn, R., Y. Lekberg, C. Zabinski. 2009. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi ameliorate temperature stress in thermophilic plants. Ecology. 90:1378-88

Recent Grants:

  • “Using cover crop mixtures to improve soil health in low rainfall areas of the northern Plains”, Western SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension), with Perry Miller and Clain Jones, 2011-2014
  • “Nutritional value of locally grown vegetables: Determining management effects and marketing potential”, Montana Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Grant, with Bruce Maxwell and Karin Neff, 2010-2013
  • “Understanding carbon dynamics: Agronomic, socioeconomic, and biophysical tradeoffs in determining the sustainability of multifunctional cropping systems in the Northern Great Plains”, USDA NRI, with Bruce Maxwell, Perry Miller, and David Buschena, 2009-2011

Current Instructional Responsibilities:

  • ENSC 499 - LRES Capstone
  • ENSC 461 - Restoration Ecology (Fall)
  • LRES 561 - BelowGround Plant Ecology (Spring, odd years)