- Ph.D., Cornell University, 2009
- B.A., Oberlin College, 1995
I am an agroecologist that applies ecological concepts to the study of plant-soil interactions and nutrient cycling in agricultural systems from rhizosphere to global scales. My goal is to develop sustainable food systems by understanding the multiple ecosystem functions provided by plant species and communities within agroecosystems and by placing this research within broader social and economic contexts.
My current research is focused on understanding and managing for multifunctionality in cropping systems, with an emphasis on the role of cover crops in organic systems. I am collaborating on a project evaluating the multiple ecosystem services provided by diverse cover crop mixtures. I also received a USDA AFRI Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate the effects of a gradient of cover crop nitrogen availability on corn rhizosphere carbon allocation.
- Riskin, S.H., S. Porder, M.E. Schipanski, E.M. Bennett, and C. Neill. 2013. Soils mediate agricultural consequences: the role of phosphorus in soybean agriculture. BioScience 63: 49-54.
- Bennett, E.M., and M.E. Schipanski. 2012. Phosphorus. In K.C. Weathers, D.L. Strayer, G. E. Likens, eds. Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science. Elsevier Press. Waltham, MA.
- Schipanski, M. E., and L.E. Drinkwater. 2012. Nitrogen fixation in annual and perennial legume-grass mixtures across a fertility gradient. Plant and Soil 357: 147-159.
- Culman, S., S.S. Snapp, M.E. Schipanski, M.A. Freeman, J. Beniston, L.E. Drinkwater, A.J. Franzluebbers, J.D. Glover, A.S. Grandy, R. Lal, J. Lee, J.E. Maul, S.B. Mirsky, J. Six, J.T. Spargo, M.M. Wander. 2012. Permanganate oxidizable carbon reflects a processed soil fraction that is sensitive to management. Soil Science Society of America Journal 76: 494-504.
- Schipanski, M.E. and E.M. Bennett. 2012. The influence of agricultural trade and livestock production on the global phosphorus cycle. Ecosystems 15: 256-268.
- Grossman, J.M., M.E. Schipanski, T. Sooksanguan, S. Seehaver, L.E. Drinkwater. 2011. Diversity of rhizobia nodulating soybean [Glycine max (Vinton)] varies under organic and conventional management. Applied Soil Ecology 50: 14-20.
- Schipanski, M. E., L.E. Drinkwater. 2011. Nitrogen fixation of red clover interseeded with winter cereals across a management-induced fertility gradient. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 90(1): 105-119.
- Schipanski, M. E., L.E. Drinkwater, and M.P. Russelle. 2010. Understanding the variability in soybean nitrogen fixation across agroecosystems. Plant and Soil 329: 379-397.
- Drinkwater, L.E., M. Schipanski, S. Snapp, and L.E. Jackson. 2008. Ecologically-based nutrient management, In S. Snapp and B. Pound, eds. Agricultural systems: Agroecology and rural innovation for development. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
- Knapp, A.K., M. Cocke (Schipanski), and E.P. Hammerlynck. 1994. Effect of elevated CO2 on stomatal density and distribution in C4 grass and a C3 forb under field conditions. Annals of Botany, 74: 595-599.