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Jean Stutz

Jean Stutz
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

jstutz@asu.edu
480-727-1234

The Polytechnic School
Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus
7231 E Sonoran Arroyo Mall
Mesa, AZ 85212
USA

Jean Stutz started her academic career at Arizona State University in 1981 after receiving her PhD in Plant Pathology from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research has centered on the study of plants and their interactions with microbes, especially beneficial fungi and plant pathogens. She is an expert in the diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi which form symbiotic relationships with roots of about 80% of land plants and promote plant growth by taking up mineral nutrients from soil. Her research focusing on the link between human activities and the diversity and functioning of these microbes in arid, riparian (river) and urban ecosystems has been supported by grant funding from the NSF, EPA, USGS, International Society of Arboriculture, Horticulture Research Institute, the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the Southwest Center for Environmental Research and Policy, and Arizona Game and Fish. She is an award winning teacher involved in the instruction of undergraduate students in the Urban Horticulture program at the Polytechnic campus. She has also been involved in the development of 2 non-majors general studies science courses at ASU. She has made significant contributions in university service including committee work and student advising and in national and international professional service.

The major focus of Dr. Stutz's research group is the study of interactions between plants and microbes including mycorrhizal fungi, a diverse group of fungi that form a mutualistic symbiotic relationship with plant roots. This type of relationship is common in many terrestrial ecosystems including deserts and grasslands. One major research focus has been the assessment of diversity of arbuscular mycorrrhizal (AM) fungi focusing on arid, riparian (river) and urban ecosystems. A major research focus is the impact of human activities on AM fungal diversity and functioning. As part of the Central Arizona Phoenix LTER, we have begun to publish findings about AM fungi in urban ecosystems including how landscape practices such as pruning impact AM fungi and how alterations in AM fungal diversity may affect plant productivity in urban areas. We have also been working on the use of AM fungi in restoration of disturbed areas and on the effects of dams and the exotic plant, tamarisk (salt cedar), on AM fungi and plant productivity in riparian areas in the US. Dr. Stutz also interested in research into sustainable landscape practices and innovative teaching techniques.

PhD, Plant Pathology, Pennsylvania State University, 1981

MS, Plant Science: Horticulture, University of Delaware, 1977

BS, Biology, Ursinus College, 1974

Journal Articles

2013

Martin, C. A. and J. C. Stutz. 2013. Tree health in Phoenix. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 39(6):286-291.

2010

Martin, C. A., S. A. Whitcomb and J. C. Stutz. 2010. Effects of Frequent Shearing on Root Growth and Mycorrhizal Colonization of Two Landscape Shrubs. HortScience 45(10):1573-1576. (link )

2007

Whitcomb, S. A. and J. C. Stutz. 2007. Assessing diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in a local community: Role of sampling effort and spatial heterogeneity. Mycorrhiza 17(5):429-437. DOI: 10:1007/s00572-007-01-0118-5. (link )

2004

Martin, C. A. and J. C. Stutz. 2004. Interactive effects of temperature and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on growth, P uptake and root respiration of Capsicum annuum L.. Mycorrhiza 14(4):241-244. DOI: 10.1007/s00572-003-0261-6. (link )

2003

Cousins, J. R., D. Hope, C. Gries and J. C. Stutz. 2003. Preliminary assessment of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity and community structure in an urban ecosystem. Mycorrhiza 13:319-326. (link )

2002

Whitcomb, S. and J. C. Stutz. 2002. Small-scale spatial patterns of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity in an experimental urban landscaped site. Inoculum 53(3):59.

2001

Stabler, L. B., C. A. Martin and J. C. Stutz. 2001. Effect of urban expansion on arbuscular mycorrhizal mediation of landscape tree growth. Journal of Arboriculture 27(4):193-200. (link )

1998

Stutz, J. C. and C. A. Martin. 1998. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity associated with ash trees in urban landscapes in Arizona. Phytopathology 88:586. (link )

1996

Copeman, R. H., C. A. Martin and J. C. Stutz. 1996. Tomato growth in response to salinity and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi from saline and nonsaline soils.. HortScience 341-344.

Stutz, J. C. and J. B. Morton. 1996. Successive pot cultures reveal high species richness of arbuscular endomycorrhizal fungi in arid ecosystems.. Canadian Journal of Botany 1883-1889.

1995

Matin, C. A., J. C. Stutz, B. A. Kimball, S. B. Idso and D. H. Akey. 1995. Growth and topological changes of Citrus limon (L) Brum. F. 'Eureka' in response to high temperatures and elevated atmospheric CO2.. Journal of American Socieyt for Horticultural Science 1025-1031.

1994

Martin, C. A. and J. C. Stutz. 1994. Growth of Argentine mesquite inoculated with vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.. Journal of Arboriculture 134-138.

1993

Jabobek, J. L., R. A. Backhaus, V. H. Bess and J. C. Stutz. 1993. Micropropagation of Cowania subintegra and Cowania stansburiana. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 297-299.

Book Chapters

2009

Bills, R. J. and J. C. Stutz. 2009. AMF associated with non-indigenous plants at urban and desert sites in Arizona. Pp. 207-220 In: Azcon-Aguilar, C., J. M. Barea, S. Gianinazzi and V. Gianinazzi-Pearson eds., Mychorrhizas - Functional Processes and Ecological Impact. Springer-Verlag. Heidelberg.

Posters

2015

Stutz, J. C. and H. L. Bateman. 2015. Living in the city: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in Phoenix and the surrounding desert.. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

2012

Arnold, S. and J. C. Stutz. 2012. Impact of restoration practices on mycorrhizal inoculum potential in a semi-arid riparian ecosystem. Poster presented at 13 January 2012 CAP LTER 14th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2009

Ontiveros Valencia, A. V. and J. C. Stutz. 2009. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal and dark septate endophytes colonization of plant roots from urban desert preserves and surrounding deserts. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at 11th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Poster Symposium, January 15, 2009, Global Institute of Sustainability. (link )

2008

Stutz, J. C. 2008. Urban tree health in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Stutz, J. C., J. Costello, A. Gerbasio, C. Gries and E. E. Gilbert. 2008. New informatic model for identifying urban plant problems. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2007

Martin, C. A. and J. C. Stutz. 2007. Long-term monitoring of tree size condition across nonresidential patch types in Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at the January 10, 2007 CAP LTER Ninth Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.. (link )

2006

Bang, C., R. J. Bills, J. M. Briggs, M. A. Diiorio, L. Dugan, R. E. Erickson, S. R. Earl, S. H. Faeth, M. J. Feldner, C. Gries, N. B. Grimm, E. J. Holmes, D. Hope, J. P. Kaye, A. P. Kinzig, C. Kochert, A. Majumdar, C. L. Redman, E. Shock, Q. Stewart, J. C. Stutz, M. S. Tseng, J. S. Walker, S. Whitcomb and X. Zhuo. 2006. Survey 200: CAP LTER's approach to extensive field monitoring. Poster presented at the 20-23 September 2006 LTER All Scientist Meeting, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO. (link )

Bills, R. J. and J. C. Stutz. 2006. Arbuscular mycorrhizal suppression and effects on the productivity of Encelia farinosa (brittlebush) at an urban and a desert site. 5th Annual Western Mycorrhizal Gathering, Bodega Bay, CA.

Bills, R. J. and J. C. Stutz. 2006. Effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal suppression on productivity of Encelia farinosa (brittlebush) at an urban and a desert site. Poster presented at the 19 January 2006 CAP LTER 8th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, J. M. Briggs, C. Gries, M. M. Elser, B. Bolin, J. O. Allen, S. L. Harlan, S. H. Faeth, J. M. Anderies, J. C. Stutz, C. A. Martin, P. K. Westerhoff, R. Arrowsmith, J. A. Zehnder, J. Wu and A. P. Kinzig. 2006. Central Arizona -- Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Project. Poster presented at the September 20-23 LTER All Scientist Meeting, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO.

2005

Bills, R. J. and J. C. Stutz. 2005. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal species richness is lower in the Phoenix metropolitan area in comparison to the surrrounding desert.. Poster presented at the 19 January 2005, CAP LTER Seventh Annual Poster Symposium, International Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Stutz, J. C., R. J. Bills, J. R. Cousins, L. B. Stabler, S. Whticomb and C. A. Martin. 2005. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in the Phoenix metropolitan area: diversity and functioning. Poster presented at the 19 January 2005 CAP LTER Seventh Annual Poster Symposium, International Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2004

Bills, R. J., S. Whitcomb, J. R. Cousins and J. C. Stutz. 2004. Comparisons between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community in the Phoenix metropolitan area and the surrounding desert. Poster presented at July 30-August 7, 2004, 89th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR.

Bills, R. J., S. Whitcomb, J. R. Cousins and J. C. Stutz. 2004. Differences in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community structure at residential and desert land-use types. Arizona State University East Campus Graduate Student Poster Symposium, Mesa, AZ.

Bills, R. J., S. Whitcomb, J. R. Cousins and J. C. Stutz. 2004. Differences in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community structure at residential and land use types within the CAP LTER. Poster presented at the 23 February 2004 Sixth Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. (link )

Cook, W., D. G. Casagrande, D. Hope, C. A. Martin and J. C. Stutz. 2004. The North Desert Village "suburborsphere": An experiment in urban ecology. Poster presented at the 23 February 2004 Sixth Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ.

Stutz, J. C., S. Whitcomb and J. R. Cousins. 2004. Local arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity is strongly coupled to regional diversity in an urban ecosystem. Poster presented at the 23 February 2004 Sixth Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. (link )

2003

Butler, C. L., S. Whitcomb and J. C. Stutz. 2003. Small-scale spatial patterns of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal infectivity in an experimental urban landscaped site. Presented at February 19, 2003, CAP LTER Fifth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Whitcomb, S. and J. C. Stutz. 2003. Pruning effects on root length density, root biomass, and arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization in two shrubs in a simulated xeric landscaped yard. Presented at February 19, 2003, CAP LTER Fifth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Whitcomb, S. and J. C. Stutz. 2003. Small-scale spatial patterns of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity in an experimental urban landscaped site. Presented at February 19, 2003, CAP LTER Fifth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

2002

Cousins, J. R., S. A. Whitcomb and J. C. Stutz. 2002. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal species composition, richness, and abundance in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Poster presented at January 17, 2002, CAP LTER Fourth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Whitcomb, S., C. A. Martin and J. C. Stutz. 2002. Spatial patterns of soil respiration, temperature, and moisture in an experimental urban landscaped site. Poster presented at the 4-9 August 2002, 87th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Tucson, AZ.

Whitcomb, S. and J. C. Stutz. 2002. Pruning effects on root length density, root biomass, and arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization in two shrubs in a simulated xeric landscaped yard. Poster presented at January 17, 2002, CAP LTER Fourth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2001

Cousins, J. R. and J. C. Stutz. 2001. Trap cultures reveal higher species richness of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in comparison to soil samples in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Poster presented at the January 19, 2001, CAP LTER Third Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. (link )

Martin, C. A., T. A. Day, J. M. Briggs, J. C. Stutz and M. R. Sommerfeld. 2001. Primary productivity at the CAP LTER. Poster presented at the January 19, 2001, CAP LTER Third Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. (link )

Stabler, L. B., C. A. Martin and J. C. Stutz. 2001. Potential effects of mycorrhizal associations on urban tree carbon storage potential. Poster presented at the January 19, 2001, CAP LTER Third Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ.

Whitcomb, S. A., J. C. Stutz and C. A. Martin. 2001. Spatial patterns of belowground respiration and related soil parameters in a simulated xeric urban landscape. Poster presented at the January 19, 2001, CAP LTER Third Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. (link )

2000

Cousins, J. R. and J. C. Stutz. 2000. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal species composition, richness, and abundance in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Poster presented at 19 January 2000, CAP LTER Second Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

1999

Stutz, J. C. and C. A. Martin. 1999. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity along a temporal gradient in Phoenix urban landscapes. Poster presented at the 22 January 1999, CAP LTER First Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe.

Presentations

2006

Bills, R. J. and J. C. Stutz. 2006. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community structure associated with indigenous and non-indigenous plants in and around Phoenix, Arizona. International Conference on Mycorrhiza 5 (ICOM5), Grananda, Spain.

2005

Bills, R. J. and J. C. Stutz. 2005. Effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal suppression on the productivity of Encelia farinosa (brittlebush) at an urban and a desert site. Global Institute for Sustainability, Tempe, AZ.

Bills, R. J., S. Whitcomb, J. R. Cousins and J. C. Stutz. 2005. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: A fungal-plant mutualism in the upper Sonoran Desert and Phoenix, Arizona. Ecology Explorers K-12 Teacher Training Workshop, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

2004

Stutz, J. C. 2004. Arbuscular mycorrhizae. Presentation at the 21 February 2004, CAP LTER 1st Annual Urban Community Ecology Symposium, Tempe, AZ.

2003

Stutz, J. C., S. A. Whitcomb and J. R. Cousins. 2003. Local arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity is strongly coupled to regional diversity in an urban ecosystem. Presented at August 2003 Fourth International Conference on Mycorrhizae (ICOM4), Montreal, Canada.

Whitcomb, S. A. and J. C. Stutz. 2003. Small-scale patterns of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal species in an experimental xeric landscaped site. Presented at August 2003 Fourth International Conference on Mycorrhizae (ICOM4), Montreal, Canada.

2002

Martin, C. A., L. B. Stabler, S. B. Celestian and J. C. Stutz. 2002. Urban plant ecology: A horticultural perspective. Initial results from a long-term ecological research (LTER) site. Proceedings of the 12th METRIA Conference, Asheville, NC.

2001

Cousins, J. R., S. A. Whitcomb and J. C. Stutz. 2001. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal species composition, richness, and abundance in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Published abstract from August 25-29, 2001 APS/MSA/SON Joint Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Whitcomb, S. A. and J. C. Stutz. 2001. Effects of pruning on root length density, root biomass, and arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization in two landscape shrubs. Proceedings 3rd International Conference on Mycorrhizas, Abstract 1-157.

1998

Stutz, J. C. and C. A. Martin. 1998. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity associated with ash trees in urban landscapes in Arizona. Presented at November, American Phytopathological Society/Entomological Society of America Joint Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.