Linda van Diepen

My research interests lie in the field of ecosystem science with a focus on the role of the microbial community in biogeochemical processes such as nutrient and carbon cycling. I am interested in understanding the responses of an ecosystem to various disturbances and how soil processes and plant-microbe interactions mutually control these ecosystem responses.



June 2014
Was awarded the Forest Fungal Ecology Postdoctoral Research Award from the Mycological Society of America.

October 2013
Transitioned into research scientist II position at the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire in the Frey Soil Microbial Ecology Lab.

October 2012
Received grant from JGI Community Sequencing Program of DOE to support research on sequencing microbial community composition and gene expression in response to climate change. This research takes place at Harvard Forest LTER in three long-term soil warming experiments.


Van Diepen, L.T.A., W.K. Thomas, and S.D. Frey, 2015. Soil metatranscriptomics of a temperate forest under increased nitrogen deposition and soil warming. In prep.

Van Diepen, L.T.A., C.M. Sthultz, S.D. Frey and A. Pringle, 2015. Long-term exposure to elevated nitrogen deposition causes physiological changes of individual fungal species. In prep, to be submitted to Fungal Ecology.

Crowther, T.W., S.M. Thomas, D.S. Maynard, P. Baldrian, K. Covey, S.D. Frey, L.T.A. van Diepen, and M.A. Bradford, 2015. Biotic interactions mitigate soil microbial feedbacks to climate change. Accepted by PNAS.

Van Diepen, L.T.A.
S.D. Frey, C.M. Sthultz, E.W. Morrison,  R. Minocha, and A. Pringle, 2015. Changes in litter quality caused by simulated nitrogen deposition reinforce the N-induced suppression of litter decay. Accepted by Ecosphere.

DeAngelis K.M., G. Pold, B. Topcuoglu, L.T.A. van Diepen, R. Varney, J. Blanchard, J. Melillo, S.D. Frey, 2015. Long-term forest soil warming alters microbial communities in temperate forest soils. Frontiers in Microbiology Vol 6, article 104.

Hobbie, E.A., K.S. Hofmockel, L.T.A. van Diepen, E.A. Lilleskov, A.P. Ouimette, and A.C. Finzi, 2014. Fungal carbon sources in a pine forest: evidence from a 13C-labeled global change experiment. Fungal Ecology 10: 91-100.

Andrew, C.J., L.T.A. van Diepen, R.M. Miller, E.A. Lilleskov
, 2014. Quantifying aspen-associated mycorrhizal fungal production and respiration as a function of changing CO2, O3, and climatic variables. Fungal Ecology
10: 70-80.

Van Diepen, L.T.A, E.A. Hobbie, J.E. Mohan, 2014. Fungi, ecosystems and global change. Fungal Ecology 10: 1-2.

Hobbie, E.A., K.S. Hofmockel, L.T.A. van Diepen, E.A. Lilleskov, A.P. Ouimette, and A.C. Finzi, 2013
. Fungal functioning in a pine forest: evidence from a 15N-labeled global change experiment. New Phytologist 
201: 1431-1439.

an Diepen, L.T.A.
, Å. Olson, K. Ihrmark, J. Stenlid, and T. Y. James, 2013.  Extensive trans-specific polymorphism and positive selection at the mating type locus of the root decay fungus HeterobasidionMolecular Biology and Evolution 30: 2286-2301.

Nave, L.E., K.J. Nadelhoffer, J.M. Le Moine, L.T.A. van Diepen, J.K. Cooch, and N.J. van Dyke, 2013. Nitrogen uptake by trees and mycorrhizal fungi in a successional northern temperate forest: insights from multiple isotopic methods. Ecosystems 16: 590-603.

Van Diepen, L.T.A.
, D.R. Zak, E.M. Entwistle, 2013. Chronic nitrogen deposition and the composition of active arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Applied Soil Ecology 72: 62-68.

Olson, Å., A. Aerts, F. Asiegbu, L. Belbahri, O. Bouzid, A. Broberg, B. Canbäck, P.M. Coutinho, D. Cullen, K. Dalman, G. Deflorio, L.T.A. van Diepen, C. Dunand, S. Duplessis, M. Durling, P. Gonthier, J. Grimwood, C.G. Fossdal, D. Hansson, B. Henrissat, A. Hietala, K. Himmelstrand, D. Hoffmeister, N. Högberg, T.Y. James, M. Karlsson, A. Kohler, U. Kües, Y-H. Lee, Y-C. Lin, M. Lind, E. Lindquist, V. Lombard, S. Lucas, K. Lundén, E. Morin, C. Murat, J. Park, T. Raffaello, P. Rouzé, A. Salamov, J. Schmutz, H. Solheim, J. Ståhlberg, H. Vélëz, R.P. de Vries, A. Wiebenga, S. Woodward, I. Yakovlev, M. Garbelotto, F. Martin, I.V. Grigoriev, J. Stenlid, 2012. Insight into trade-off between wood decay and parasitism from the genome of a fungal forest pathogen. New Phytologist 194 : 1001-1013.

Van Diepen, L.T.A., E.A. Lilleskov, K.S. Pregitzer, 2011. Simulated nitrogen deposition affects community structure of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in northern hardwood forests. Molecular Ecology 20: 799–811.


James, T. Y., M. Lee, L.T.A. van Diepen, 2011. A Single Mating-Type Locus Composed of Homeodomain Genes Promotes Nuclear Migration and Heterokaryosis in the White-Rot Fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Eukaryotic Cell 10: 249-261.


Van Diepen, L.T.A., E.A. Lilleskov, K.S. Pregitzer and R.M. Miller, 2010. Simulated nitrogen deposition causes a decline of intra- and extraradical abundance of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and changes in microbial community composition in northern hardwood forests. Ecosystems 13: 683-695.


Van Diepen, L.T.A., E.A. Lilleskov, K.S. Pregitzer, and R.M. Miller. 2007. Decline of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in northern hardwood forests exposed to chronic nitrogen additions. New Phytologist 176: 175-183.


Van Diepen, L.T.A., van Groenigen, J.W., Eadie, J.M., van Kessel, C., 2004. Isotopic evidence for changes in residue decomposition and N-cycling in winter flooded rice fields by foraging waterfowl. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 102: 41-47.