Erica Cline, Ph.D.

SAM Division Chair and Associate Professor
Office hours
Monday: 1:30pm - 2:30pm Tuesday: 10:00am - 11:00am
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Forest Resources
University of Washington Seattle
Cell Biology
University of Leiden, the Netherlands
University of Puget Sound

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 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.

  • 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
  • Puget Sound Mycological Society
  • The Mountaineers
Academic Service
  • Curriculum for the Bioregion steering committee member
CV or Resume
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