Ylva graduated from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences with a M.Sc. in Biology and Horticulture in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Penn State University in 2004. She received the Alumni Association Dissertation Award for her work in agroecology and subsistence farming in Sub-Saharan Africa. Post-doctoral positions at Montana State University and later at Copenhagen University as a Marie Curie Fellow have allowed her to explore the role of mycorrhiza, a root-fungus symbiosis, for geothermal plants in Yellowstone National Park and coastal grasslands in Denmark. Her research has been published in journals such as Ecology, Journal of Ecology and New Phytologist.
Ylva currently works at MPG Ranch as a soil ecologist. She explores the role of mycorrhiza in the success of exotic plants and examines the use of specific pathogens to combat invasions. In her spare time Ylva mountain-bikes, plays soccer, and maintains a large vegetable garden.
McTee, M. R., Lekberg, Y., Mummey, D., Rummel, A., & Ramsey, P. W. (2017). Do invasive plants structure microbial communities to accelerate decomposition in intermountain grasslands? Ecology and Evolution 7(24), 11227-11235. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3608.
Lekberg, Y., Wagner, V., Rummel, A., McLeod, M., & Ramsey, P. W. (2017). Strong indirect herbicide effects on mycorrhizal associations through plant community shfts and secondary invasions. Ecological Applications 27(8), 2359-2368. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.1613.
New Phytologist (2017). Historical biome distribution and recent human disturbance shape the diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Partel, M., Opik, M., Moora, M., Tedersoo, L., Szava-Kovats, R., Rosendahl, S., Rillig, M. C., Lekberg, Y., Kreft, H., Helgason, T., Eriksson, O., Davison, J., deBello, F., Caruso, T., & Zobel, M. 216(1), 227-238. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.14695.
McTee, M. R., Lekberg, Y., Bullington, L., Rummel, A., Mummey, D. L., Ramsey, P. W., & Hinman, N. W. (2017). Restoring ecological properties of acidic soils contaminated with elemental sulfur. Science of The Total Environment 587-588, 449-456. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.02.110.