Christopher K. Black

chris@ckblack.org, (503) 929-9421

Education

Ph.D., Plant Biology. University of Illinois 2016.

B.A., Biology. Reed College 2008.

What I Do

Modeling, data wrangling, and biology. Research interests in ecophysiology, biogeochemistry, and global change ecology of belowground interactions between plants and their environment. Special skills in Bayesian statistics, reproducible data analysis, and programming for high-performance computing environments. Less special skill: very good at digging holes.

Publications

Black, C.K., Woolbright, S.A., Pederson, T.L., Sligar, C.R., DeLucia, E.H. Metagenomic sequencing of soil cores shows taxonomic partitioning of root placement by depth in a prairie plant community. Submitted. Text, data, and code available at https://github.com/infotroph/Prairie_seq

Black, C.K., Masters, M.D., LeBauer, D.S., Anderson-Teixeira, K.J., DeLucia, E.H. 2017. Root volume distribution of maturing perennial grasses revealed by correcting for minirhizotron surface effects. Plant and Soil. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-017-3333-7. Data available in Dryad: http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.79822

Black, C.K., Davis, S.C, Hudiburg, T.W., Bernacchi, C.J., DeLucia, E.H. 2017. Elevated CO2 and temperature increase soil C losses from a soybean-maize ecosystem. Global Change Biology 23:435-445. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13378. Data available in Dryad: http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.bn7j3

Black, C.K. 2016. Plant root contributions to the carbon balance of a changing agricultural Midwest. University of Illinois doctoral dissertation. https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/95339

Masters, M.D., Black, C.K., Kantola, I.B., Woli, K.P., Voigt, T., David, M.B. & DeLucia, E.H. 2016. Soil nutrient removal by four potential bioenergy crops: Zea mays, Panicum virgatum, Miscanthus x giganteus, and prairie. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 216:51-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2015.09.016

Anderson-Teixeira, K.J., Masters, M.D., Black, C.K., Zeri, M., Hussain, M.Z., Bernacchi, C.J. & DeLucia, E.H. 2013. Altered belowground carbon cycling following land-use change to perennial bioenergy crops. Ecosystems 16: 508–520. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-012-9628-x

Black, C.K. 2008. Associative Nitrogen Fixation Ability Does Not Predict Symbiotic Nodulation Ability in Burkholderia tropica. Reed College thesis. WorldCat: 268908795

Lin, R., Teng, Y., Park, H.J., Ding, L., Black, C., Fang, P., Wang, H. 2008. Discrete and essential roles of the multiple domains of arabidopsis FHY3 in mediating phytochrome A signal transduction. Plant Physiology 148: 981-992. DOI: 10.1104/pp.108.120436

Presentations

Black, C.K., Davis, S.C, Hudiburg, T.W., Bernacchi, C.J., DeLucia, E.H. 2015. “Climate change increases soil C losses from a corn-soy ecosystem”. Poster presented at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting, December 2015.

Black, C.K., Masters, M.D., Anderson-Teixeira, K.J., DeLucia, E.H. 2015. “3 m up, >1.3 m under: Tracking carbon fluxes of a change from Midwestern row crops to perennial grasses”. Oral paper presented at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting, August 2015.

Black, C.K., Miller, J.M., Masters, M.D., Bernacchi, C.J. & DeLucia, E.H. “Field-Scale Partitioning of Ecosystem Respiration Components in a Bioenergy Grass Ecosystem”. Poster presented at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting, December 2014.

Black, C.K.. “How much carbon, for how long?” Invited talk at Chambana Science Café, Urbana IL, April 2013.

Black, C.K., Davis, S.C., Bernacchi, C.J., DeLucia, E.H. “Elevated temperature and carbon dioxide prime soil-specific increases in heterotrophic respiration”. Oral paper presented at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting, August 2012.

Black, C.K., Davis, S.C., Bernacchi, C.J., DeLucia, E.H. “Transient increases of heterotrophic respiration from soil with elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide and temperature”. Oral paper presented at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting, August 2011.

Black, C.K., Davis, S.C., Bernacchi, C.J., DeLucia, E.H. “Ecosystem warming alters heterotrophic but not total soil respiration at SoyFACE”. Poster presented at INTERFACE workshop, Captiva Island FL, February 2011.

Black, C.K., Davis, S.C., Bernacchi, C.J., DeLucia, E.H. “Response of soil respiration to ecosystem warming and elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide.” Poster presented at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting, August 2010.

Honors and Awards

John R. Laughnan award from the University of Illinois Department of Plant Biology, 2015.

Service

Officer for Plant Biology Association of Graduate Students (PBAGS), University of Illinois:

Bio-Outreach program, University of Illinois. 2010.

Manuscripts reviewed for:

Selected Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Scholar, Pennsylvania State University. Apr. 2017 - present.

R Programmer, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Urbana IL. Feb. 2017 - present.

Research Assistant, University of Illinois/Energy Biosciences Institute, Urbana IL. 2009-2015.

Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois School of Integrative Biology, Urbana IL:

Plant Genomics Research NSF-REU intern, Boyce Thompson Institute, Ithaca NY. 2007.

Web Developer, Reed College, 2004-2007.