Erica Cline, Ph.D.

SAM Division Chair and Associate Professor
Phone
253-692-4556
Office hours
Monday: 1:30pm - 2:30pm Tuesday: 10:00am - 11:00am
Campus Box
358436
Degrees
Ph.D.
Forest Resources
University of Washington Seattle
2004
M.S.
Cell Biology
University of Leiden, the Netherlands
1994
B.S.
Biology
University of Puget Sound
1992
Introduction

Before coming to UW Tacoma I was a post-doctoral researcher in the Systematic Botany and Mycology Lab of the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland. There I worked on nomenclature and taxonomy of invasive plant pathogens and helped to develop a database covering all published fungal species, searchable at http://nt.ars-grin.gov/fungaldatabases/index.cfm. I did my Ph.D. research at UW Seattle in the College of Forest Resources. I studied the effects of forest harvesting on ectomycorrhizal fungi of Douglas-fir seedlings and trees, in the Cedar River and Green River, the watersheds of Seattle and Tacoma, respectively.

Current Research

I am a soil ecologist with research interests in the role of mycorrhizal fungi in forests and agricultural systems. Currently, I am investigating the impacts of biosolids applications on local forests by looking at soil metals, mycorrhizal fungus communities, and tree responses. I also use DNA sequencing to identify market substitution of farmed Atlantic salmon for Pacific salmon in stores and restaurants.

Teaching
  • TESC 120 Introductory Biology I: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics
  • TESC 130 Introductory Biology II: Cell and Molecular Biology
  • TESC 140 Introductory Biology III: Plant and Animal Physiology
  • TESC 200 Environmental Seminar
  • TESC 236 Sustainable Agriculture
  • TESC 378 Environmental Microbiology
  • TESC 340 Ecology and its Applications
  • TESC 404 Neotropical Field Studies. Has been taught in Costa Rica and Peru.
  • TESC 432 Forest Ecology Field Studies
  • TESC 495 Environmental Research Experience
  • TEST 495 Environmental Studies Experience: Giving Garden
Affiliations
  • Puget Sound Mycological Society
  • The Mountaineers
Academic Service
  • Curriculum for the Bioregion steering committee member
CV or Resume
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