Emily Grman

I’m a plant community ecologist, broadly interested in how species interact, the community-level consequences of those interactions, and how a changing environment can alter the interactions and their outcomes.  My postdoctoral work with Lars Brudvig focuses on restoration of Michigan prairies.  We are interested in understanding how historical factors, such as year effects, and landscape factors, such as connectivity, affect plant community composition and beta diversity in restorations.  My dissertation work focused on grassland plant interactions with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, and how the outcome of interactions depended on the relative abundance of limiting resources.  


Brudvig, L.A., E. Grman, C. W. Habeck, J. L. Orrock, and J. A. Ledvina. Strong legacy of agricultural land use on soils and understory plant communities in longleaf pine woodlands. Forest Ecology and Management 310:944-955.

Grman, E., T. Bassett, and L. A. Brudvig. 2013. Confronting contingency in restoration: management and site history determine outcomes of assembling prairies, but site characteristics and landscape context have little effect. Journal of Applied Ecology 50:1234-1243. Selected as Editor’s Choice.

Grman, E. and T. M. P. Robinson. 2013. Resource availability and imbalance affect plant mycorrhizal interactions: a field test of three hypotheses. Ecology 94:62-71.

Grman, E. 2013. Seedling light limitation across a natural productivity gradient. Journal of Plant Ecology 6:193-200. Selected as Editor’s Choice.

Grman, E., T. M. P. Robinson, and C. A. Klausmeier. 2012. Ecological specialization and trade affect the outcome of negotiations in mutualism. The American Naturalist 179:567-581.

Grman, E. 2012. Plant species differ in their ability to reduce allocation to non-beneficial arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Ecology 93:711-718.

Ewert, D. N., J. B. Cole, and E. Grman.  2011.  Wind energy: Great Lakes regional guidelines.  Unpublished report, The Nature Conservancy, Lansing, Michigan.    [link]

Grman, E., J. A. Lau, D. R. Schoolmaster, Jr., and K. L. Gross.  2010.  Drivers of stability in ecosystem function depend on the environmental context.  Ecology Letters 13:1400-1410. 

Grman, E. and K. N. Suding.  2010.  Within-year soil legacies contribute to priority effects during establishment of California grassland plants.  Restoration Ecology 18:664-670.  

E. T. Kiers, L. S. Adler, E. L. Grman, and M. G. A. van der Heijden.  2010.  Manipulating the jasmonate response: How do methyl jasmonate additions mediate characteristics of aboveground and belowground mutualisms?  Functional Ecology 24:434-443.  

Grman, E. L. and H. M. Alexander.  2005.  Factors limiting fruit production in Asclepias meadii in northeastern Kansas.  The American Midland Naturalist 153:245-256.  

Dr. Emily Grman
Postdoctoral Associate
Michigan State University
Department of Plant Biology  

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