I am an ecologist and Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford University. I study how fungi affect each other and their environments, focusing on fungal roles in carbon and nitrogen cycling. To do this, I use field research, laboratory experiments, and mathematical models.




Smith GR, Peay KG. 2020. Stepping forward from relevance in mycorrhizal ecology. New Phytologist 226: 292–294. Full text


Smith GR, Crowther TW, Eisenhauer N, van den Hoogen J. 2019. Building a global database of soil microbial biomass and function: a call for collaboration. Soil Organisms 91: 140–143. Full text

Buchkowski RW, Shaw AN, Sihi D, Smith GR, Keiser AD. 2019. Constraining carbon and nutrient flows in soil with ecological stoichiometry. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7: 1–17. Full text

Smith GR*, Wan J*. 2019. Resource-ratio theory predicts mycorrhizal control of litter decomposition. New Phytologist 233: 1595–1606. Full text
* Equal authorship


Smith GR, Steidinger BS, Bruns TD, Peay KG. 2018. Competition-colonization tradeoffs structure fungal diversity. The ISME Journal 12: 1758–1767. Full text


Smith GR, Finlay RD, Stenlid J, Vasaitis R, Menkis A. 2017. Growing evidence for facultative biotrophy in saprotrophic fungi: data from microcosm tests with 201 species of wood-decay basidiomycetes. New Phytologist 215: 747–755. Full text
* Cover and highlighted in a commentary by Baldrian & Kohout, 215: 511–513

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