Richard Phillips is a professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington and the science director of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve. His research broadly seeks to quantify and better understand how plants and soil microbes influence energy flow and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems in the wake of human-accelerated environmental change. Of particular interest is the degree to which plant-microbial interactions in soils influence feedbacks to regional and global change through their effects on ecosystem carbon storage and nitrogen and phosphorus retention.
Areas of Expertise
Ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, carbon cycling, nutrient cycling, plant-soil interactions, soil ecology, global change ecology.