Lorinda Bullington

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Lorinda Bullington
Ecologist and Bioinformatics Analyst

Lorinda is currently a Ph. D. student at the University of Montana, studying systems ecology. She also has a master’s degree in molecular ecology, a B.S. degree in microbiology, and a certificate in bioinformatics. Her research investigates how plant-associated microbial communities (plant microbiomes), influence plant growth, defensive chemistry, disease, and nutrient cycling. Lorinda comes from three generations of small-scale Montana loggers and is particularly interested in microbial communities in forest ecosystems. She has published research on fungi associated with native white pines and their influence on tree defensive chemistry and the invasive pathogen Cronartium ribicola, which causes white pine blister rust disease. She also works in collaboration with others at UM studying the influence of bark beetle infestations on fungal decomposer communities, with implications on nutrient turnover and carbon sequestration in forests.
In addition to her own research, Lorinda often assists other researchers in bioinformatics analyses and is currently working on multiple diet-barcoding studies to better understand food web ecology and dynamics across the landscape. For a complete list of Lorinda’s publications, click here.

Dean E. Pearson, Özkan Eren, Yvette K. Ortega, José L. Hierro, Birsen Karakuş, Sascha Kala, Lorinda Bullington, Ylva Lekberg  (2022).  Combining biogeographical approaches to advance invasion ecology and methodology.  Journal of Ecology  10.1111/1365-2745.13945.
Published Paper

Lorinda S. Bullington, Ylva Lekberg, Beau G. Larkin   (2021).  Insufficient sampling constrains our characterization of plant microbiomes.  Scientific Reports  11, 364 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-83153-9.
Published Paper

Morgan Luce McLeod, Lorinda Bullington, Cory C. Cleveland, Johannes Rousk, Ylva Lekberg,  (2021).  Invasive plant-derived dissolved organic matter alters microbial communities and carbon cycling in soils.  Soil Biology and Biochemistry  Vol 156, 108191. ISSN 0038-0717, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2021.108191..
Published Paper