Leena Vilonen

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2021-2022

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Biology and the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Research Summary: Climate models currently predict an intensification of the hydrological cycle, with drought becoming increasingly frequent, widespread, and severe. This predicted intensification of drought has the potential to catastrophically impact the future changing climate if past droughts are any indication of the future response. My research focuses on the impacts of drought on the soil microbiome in grassland systems throughout and after drought. I hope my research will highlight the impacts of drought and allow future policy makers to mitigate these impacts or understand the severity of drought.