Shanon Hankin

Credentials: Research Program Coordinator, Biological Systems Engineering


Phone: (608) 265-9065

MS - University of Alberta (Forest Biology and Management)
BS - North Central College (Biology and Environmental Studies)

Research interests: Designing international networks to address the degradation of agricultural lands and soil systems; Ecological restoration; Mycorrhizal fungal community ecology; Diatom communities as ecological indicators; Arboriculture
Current project: I am coordinating the design of a research network initiative funded by the National Science Foundation called “Soil for Society Network”. In collaboration with Principal Investigators from Texas A&M University, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of California Davis, Mississippi State University, and other partners, we are designing a strategic network to address global challenges of land and soil management for water & food security, ecosystem preservation, and climate change mitigation.
Why this matters: Land and soil management can play a critical role in solving the existential crises of food and water security, loss of biodiversity, and climate change. Improving the resilience of our land and soil systems through management requires collaboration spanning nations, cultures, societal sectors, and scientific disciplines. To address this challenge, it is imperative we design a diverse and inclusive network spanning developing and developed nations across the globe.
Hankin S.L. & G. Watson. 2020. Oak taproot growth disruption differentially impacts root architecture during nursery production. Forests. 11: 798.
Hankin S.L., G. Watson, M. Lo, and F. Balestri. 2019. Tree seedling root architecture alteration by tap root pruning. Journal of Environmental Horticulture. 37: 50-54.
Pec G.J., N.M. Scott, S. Hupperts, S.L. Hankin, S. Landhäusser, and J. Karst. 2019. Restoration of belowground fungal communities in reclaimed landscapes of the Canadian boreal forest. Restoration Ecology. 27: 1369-1380.
Hankin S.L., J. Karst, and S.M. Landhäusser. 2015. Influence of tree species and salvaged soils on the recovery of ectomycorrhizal fungi in upland boreal forest restoration after surface mining. Botany. 93: 267-277.
Hankin S.L., C.L. Weilhoefer, J.E. Kaldy, and T.H. DeWitt. 2012. Sediment diatom species and community response to nitrogen addition in Oregon estuarine tidal wetlands. Wetlands. 32: 1023-1031.