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Kerri Crawford, Assistant Professor

Department of Biology and Biochemistry, College of Natural Science and Mathematics


  • Areas of expertise

    • Plant community ecology.
    • Plant-microbe interactions.
    • Above and below ground organisms.
  • Awards

    • Best Dissertation, Rice University Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Education Award, Association for Women in Science
    • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Tennessee
  • Publications

    • Rudgers, J. A., L. Bell-Dereske, K. M. Crawford, S. M. Emery (in press) Fungal symbiont effects on dune plant diversity depend on precipitation. Journal of Ecology
    • Ampleman*, M. D., K. M. Crawford, and D. A. Fike (2014) Differential soil organic carbon storage at forb- and grassdominated plant communities, 33 years after tallgrass prairie restoration. Plant and Soil 374: 899-913
    • Crutsinger, G. M., A. Gonzalez, K. M. Crawford, and N. J. Sanders (2013) Local and latitudinal variation in abundance: the mechanisms shaping the distribution of an ecosystem engineer. PeerJ 1: e100
    • Crawford, K. M. and J. A. Rudgers (2013) Genetic diversity within a dominant plant outweighs plant species diversity in structuring an arthropod community. Ecology 94:1025–1035
    • Crawford, K. M. and J. A. Rudgers (2012) Plant species diversity and genetic diversity within a dominant species interactively affect plant community biomass. Journal of Ecology 100: 1512-1521 Editor’s Choice for issue 100:6; Blog post:
    • Castro, H. F., A. T. Classen, E. E. Austin, K. M. Crawford, and C. W. Schadt (2012) Development and validation of a citrate synthase directed quantitative PCR marker for soil bacterial communities. Applied Soil Ecology 61: 69-75
    • Crawford, K. M., J. M. Land*, and J. A. Rudgers (2010) Fungal endophytes of native grasses decrease insect herbivore preference and performance. Oecologia 164: 431-444
    • Crawford, K. M. and K. D. Whitney (2010) Population genetic diversity influences colonization success. Molecular Ecology 19: 1253-1263 Highlighted by a perspective article, Molecular Ecology 19: 1079-1081; Reviewed by Faculty of 1000
    • Crawford, K. M., G. M. Crutsinger, and N. J. Sanders (2007) Host-plant genotypic diversity mediates the distribution of an ecosystem engineer. Ecology 88: 2114-2120
  • Patents

    • Not available
  • Grants and Funded Research

    • National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Biological Sciences: Intersections of biology and mathematical and physical sciences: The effects of plant diversity on soil development in a primary successional ecosystem ($123,000). 2012 - 2014
    • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Consequences of plant species and genetic diversity for microbial community composition and function ($15,000). 2009 - 2011
    • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship ($91,000). 2007 - 2010
    • Rice University Presidential Fellowship ($20,000) 2006 - 2010
    • Great Lakes Research and Education Center Research Grant ($3,000). 2008
    • Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research ($600). 2008
    • Explorers Club Redwood Creek Preservation Award ($3,000). 2007
    • Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration ($8,000). 2007
  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Contact information

    Science & Research 2, 242F
    Phone: 713-743-8948 | Fax: