Heather Bechtold

Hometown: Denver, CO
BA : Univ. Colorado, Boulder

MS : Idaho State University

PhD: Idaho State University


Heather completed her doctorate in 2010 with Drs. Richard Inouye and Colden Baxter. After this, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies until joining the faculty at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania in 2013. She received her B.S. degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her M.S degree at ISU. Her Masterís work investigated the effect of disturbances on nutrient cycling in sagebrush steppe ecosystems. Heatherís interest in ecosystem science and biogeochemical processes continued with her dissertation research. Her research evaluates the effects of land use on the availability of nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon and the subsequent effects of resource availability on biofilm nutrient demand, nutrient uptake, and organic matter processing. Heather received a NSF Dissertation Improvement grant in 2009, which provided funding to examine how change in resource availability alters competitive interactions of autotrophic and heterotrophic components in stream biofilm assemblages. The results of this research have helped to clarify the relationship between the multiple effects of land use and their interactions in stream ecosystems.

For more details, please visit Heather's web page at https://www.lhup.edu/faculty_staff/bios/BechtoldHeather%20.html

Selected Publications

Bechtold, H. A., A.M. Marcarelli, C.V. Baxter, R.S. Inouye. 2012. Effects of N, P, and organic carbon on stream biofilm nutrient limitation and uptake in a semi-arid watershed. Limnology and Oceanography 57:1544-1554.

Hopkins, J.M., Marcarelli, A.M., Bechtold, H.A., 2010. Ecosystem structure and function are complementary measures of water quality in a polluted, spring-influenced river. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution. DOI 10.1007/s11270-010-0432-y

Marcarelli, A.M., Bechtold, H.A., Rugenski, A.T., Inouye, R.S., 2009. Nutrient limitation of biofilm biomass and metabolism in the Upper Snake River basin, southeast Idaho, USA. Hydrobiologia 620: 63-76.

Suding, K.N., Ashton, I.W., Bechtold, H.A., Bowman, W.D., Mobley, M.L., Winkleman, R., 2008. Plant and microbe contribution to community resilience in a directionally changing environment. Ecological Monographs 78: 313-329.

Rugenski, A.T., Marcarelli, A.M., Bechtold, H.A., Inouye, R.S., 2008. Effects of temperature and concentration on nutrient release rates from nutrient diffusing substrates. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 27: 52-57.

Bechtold, H.A., Inouye, R.S., 2007. Distribution of carbon and nitrogen in sagebrush steppe after six years of nitrogen addition and shrub removal. Journal of Arid Environments 71: 122-132.

Suding, K.N., Miller, A.E., Bechtold, H.A., Bowman, W.D., 2006. The consequence of species loss on ecosystem nitrogen cycling depends on community compensation. Oecologia 149:141-149.

Bechtold, H. A., Forbis, T. A., Bowman, W.D, Diggle, P.K. 2002. Lack of reproductive plasticity in alpine Saxifraga rhomboidea Greene (Saxifragaceae). Nordic Journal of Botany 22:316-368.