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Christine Hawkes

Hawkes, Christine
Associate Professor



Main Office: PAT 524 Phone: (512) 475-6479

Alternate Office: PAT 515 Phone: (512) 475-6479

Mailing Address:
The University of Texas
Integrative Biology
1 University Station, C0990
Austin,TX 78712

Research Lab Members:
  • Averill, Coln
  • Giaque, Hannah
  • Kivlin, Stephanie
  • Worchel, Elise

  • Research Summary:
    Research in the Hawkes Lab is focused on a mechanistic understanding of how plant-microbe interactions affect community and ecosystem processes. We explore how these relationships are influenced by alterations in climate, species invasions, and land use. This research is highly integrative and relies on a wide range of techniques, including DNA-based microbial community analyses, stable isotope biogeochemistry, and large-scale field manipulations.

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    Students in the greenhouse
    Students in the greenhouse - Working on plant experiments.
    Field site
    Field site - Devil's River State Natural Area in the Texas hill country.
    Field Site
    Field Site - Experimental rainfall plots at the UT Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, one month after planting.
    Field Site
    Field Site - Experimental rainfall plots at the UT Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, ten months after planting.
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    2013 Giauque H, Hawkes CV , Symbiotic fungal endophytes can affect plant responses to climate change, American Journal Botany 100: 1435-1444
    2013 Waring BG, Averill C, Hawkes CV, Differences in fungal and bacterial physiology alter soil C and N cycling: insights from meta-analysis and theoretical models, Ecology Letters 16: 887-894
    2013 Hamman ST, CV Hawkes, Biogeochemical and microbial legacies of invasive grasses affect restoration success, Restoration Ecology 21: 58-66
    2011 Kivlin SN, CV Hawkes, KK Treseder, Global diversity and distribution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43: 2294-2303
    2011 Treseder KK, SN Kivlin, CV Hawkes, Evolutionary trade-offs among decomposers determine responses to nitrogen enrichment, Ecology Letters 14: 933-938
    2011 Hawkes CV, SN Kivlin, J Rocca, V Huguet, MA Thomsen, KB Suttle, Fungal community responses to precipitation, Global Change Biology 17: 1637-1645
    2011 Kivlin SN, Hawkes CV, Differentiating between effects of invasion and diversity: impacts of aboveground plant communities on belowground fungal communities, New Phytologist 189: 526-535
    2010 Hausmann NT, Hawkes CV, Order of plant host establishment alters the composition of arbuscular mycorrhizal communities., Ecology 8: 2333-2343
    2009 Hausmann NT, Hawkes CV, Plant neighborhood control of arbuscular mycorrhizal communities, New Phytologist 183: 1188-1200
    2008 Eviner VE, Hawkes CV, Embracing variability in the application of plant-soil interactions to the restoration of communities and ecosystems, Restoration Ecology 16: 713-729
    2008 Hawkes CV, Hartley IP, Ineson P, Fitter AH., Soil temperature affects carbon allocation within arbuscular mycorrhizal networks and carbon transport from plant to fungus, Global Change Biology 14: 1181-1190
    2007 Hawkes CV., Are invaders moving targets? The generality and persistence of advantages in size, reproduction, and enemy release in invasive species with time since introduction, The American Naturalist 170: 832-843
    2006 Hawkes CV, Belnap J, D'Antonio C, Firestone MK., Arbuscular mycorrhizal assemblages in native plant roots change in the presence of exotic grasses, Plant and Soil 281: 369-380
    2005 Hawkes CV, Wren IF, Herman DH, Firestone MK., Plant invasion alters nitrogen cycling by modifying the soil nitrifying community, Ecology Letters 8: 975-985