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Jean Stutz

Biography

Professor

Jean Stutz started her academic career at Arizona State University in 1981 after receiving her PhD in Plant Pathology from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research has centered on the study of plants and their interactions with microbes, especially beneficial fungi and plant pathogens. She is an expert in the diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi which form symbiotic relationships with roots of about 80% of land plants and promote plant growth by taking up mineral nutrients from soil. Her research focusing on the link between human activities and the diversity and functioning of these microbes in arid, riparian (river) and urban ecosystems has been supported by grant funding from the NSF, EPA, USGS, International Society of Arboriculture, Horticulture Research Institute, the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the Southwest Center for Environmental Research and Policy, and Arizona Game and Fish. She is an award winning teacher involved in the instruction of undergraduate students in the Urban Horticulture program at the Polytechnic campus. She has also been involved in the development of 2 non-majors general studies science courses at ASU. She has made significant contributions in university service including committee work and student advising and in national and international professional service.

Education

Ph.D. Plant Pathology, Pennsylvania State University, 1981
M.S. Plant Science, Emphasis: Horticulture University of Delaware, 1977
B.S. Biology, Ursinus College, 1975

Research Interests

The major focus of Dr. Stutz's research group is the study of interactions between plants and microbes including mycorrhizal fungi, a diverse group of fungi that form a mutualistic symbiotic relationship with plant roots. This type of relationship is common in many terrestrial ecosystems including deserts and grasslands. One major research focus has been the assessment of diversity of arbuscular mycorrrhizal (AM) fungi focusing on arid, riparian (river) and urban ecosystems. A major research focus is the impact of human activities on AM fungal diversity and functioning. As part of the Central Arizona Phoenix LTER, we have begun to publish findings about AM fungi in urban ecosystems including how landscape practices such as pruning impact AM fungi and how alterations in AM fungal diversity may affect plant productivity in urban areas. We have also been working on the use of AM fungi in restoration of disturbed areas and on the effects of dams and the exotic plant, tamarisk (salt cedar), on AM fungi and plant productivity in riparian areas in the US. Dr. Stutz also interested in research into sustainable landscape practices and innovative teaching techniques.

Expertise

Diversity of mycorrhizal fungi, Use of mycorrhizal fungi in restoration and horticulture, Sustainable horticulture

Recent Publications

Bills, R.J. and Stutz, J.C. 2009 AMF associated with indigenous and non indigenous plants at urban and desert sites in Arizona. Pages 207-220 In Mycorrhizas - Functional Processes and Ecological Impact (eds) C. Azcón-Aguilar, J. M. Barea, S. Gianinazzi, and V. Gianinazzi-Pearson. Springer-Verlag. Heidelberg.

Stutz, J.C., V.B. Beauchamp, J. Johnson, L. J. Kennedy, B. S. Richter and K. M. Jacobson. 2009. Mycorrhizal Ecology Pages 73- 88 in Ecology and Conservation of Desert Riparian Ecosystems: The San Pedro River Example (eds) J.C. Stromberg and B. Tellman University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ.

Bradley, L.K., J. C. Stutz, and L. R. Towill. Plant Biology: From the Classroom to the Internet. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education 38:82-86

Bethlenfalvay G.J., Bashan, Y., Carrillo-Garcia, A., and Stutz, J. 2008. Mycorrhizae as biological components of resource islands in the Sonoran desert. In: Arbuscular mycorrhizae in arid and semiarid environments. (Eds) Montaño, N. M., Camargo- Ricalde, S. L., García-Sánchez, R., Monroy-Ata, A. Published by: Mundi Prensa, the National Institute of Ecology-Mexico, Autonomous National University of Mexico and the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Beauchamp, V.B., J.C. Stromberg and J.C. Stutz. 2007. Flow regulation has minimal influence on mycorrhizal fungi of a semi-arid floodplain ecosystem despite changes in hydrology, soils, and vegetation. Journal of Arid Environments 68:188-205.

Whitcomb, S. A., and J. C. Stutz. 2007 Assessing diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in a local community: role of sampling effort and spatial heterogeneity Mycorrhiza 17:429-437.

Beauchamp, V.B., J.C. Stromberg and J.C. Stutz. 2006. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi associated with Populus-Salix stands in a semi-arid riparian ecosystem. New Phytologist 170:369-380.

Cho K, Toler HD, Lee J, Ownley BH, Stutz JC, Moore JL, Augé RM. 2006. Mycorrhizal symbiosis and response of sorghum plants to combined drought and salinity stresses. J Plant Physiol 163:369-380

Publications
  • V Beauchamp, Juliet Stromberg, Jean Stutz. Flow regulation has minimal influence on mycorrhizal fungi of a semi-arid floodplain ecosystem despite changes in hydrology, soils, and vegetation. Journal of Arid Environments (2007).
  • Stutz, Jean. Conversion of Introductory Plant Biology Course & Lab to Web-Based Distance Education. (2006).
  • Stutz, Jean. Mycorrhizae and Invasive Species. (2006).
  • Stutz, Jean. Assembly Rules and Mycorrhizal Fungi in Urban Ecosystems. (2004).
  • Stutz, Jean. Mycorrhiza in Desert, Riparian and Urban Ecosystems. (2004).
  • Stutz, Jean. Diversity and Functioning of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in urban ecosystems. (2002).
  • Stutz, Jean, Towill, L. Plant Biology: Collaborative design of an on-line multimedia learning environment. (2000).
Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 182General Biology II
ABS 314Applied Plant Physiology
ABS 490Applied Biol Sciences Seminar
ABS 591Seminar
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PLB 414Plant Pathology
ABS 460Organic Gardening
ABS 464Desert Horticulture
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 182General Biology II
ABS 314Applied Plant Physiology
ABS 368Plant Propagation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PLB 414Plant Pathology
ABS 460Organic Gardening
ABS 494Special Topics
ABS 598Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ABS 360Southwest Home Gardening
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 182General Biology II
ABS 368Plant Propagation
ABS 591Seminar
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PLB 414Plant Pathology
ABS 460Organic Gardening
ABS 494Special Topics
ABS 598Special Topics
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ABS 360Southwest Home Gardening
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ABS 360Southwest Home Gardening
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ABS 360Southwest Home Gardening
ABS 368Plant Propagation