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. 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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