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Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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V. Bala Chaudhary, PhD

Title/s: Lecturer

Specialty Area: Environmental Science, Soil Ecology, Mycorrhizal Fungi, Microbial Biogeography, Restoration Ecology

Office #: BVM Hall 403

Phone: 773.508.3615

E-mail: vchaudhary@luc.edu

CV Link: Chaudhary CV

External Webpage: http://www.balachaudhary.com/


Research Interests

My research revolves around the soil ecology of natural and managed ecosystems. I try to tailor my research questions to serve land managers and focus my work at the community and ecosystem scales. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how mycorrhizal fungal communities are assembled, how these communities interact with other soil organisms, and how they provide vital ecosystem services such as soil stabilization. I am particularly intrigued by the biodiversity and biogeography of mycorrhizal fungal communities and how this knowledge can be applied to the burgeoning field of conservation mycology.


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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