Dept. of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
Montana State University-Bozeman
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Cathy Zabinski received her Bachelor of Education in 1983 from the College of St. Benedict and her Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. After post-doctoral work at Berkeley, she worked at the University of Montana-Missoula as a Research Assistant Professor and collaborated with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, where she researched mycorrhizal effects on the growth of invasive plant species, sub-alpine restoration, and the effects of soil communities on re-vegetation of metal-contaminated sites. Currently, Dr. Zabinski teaches courses for Montana State University-Bozeman, including Belowground Plant Ecology, Restoration Ecology, and a senior undergraduate "capstone course." Her research at MSU focuses on belowground ecology of plant invasions, disturbance effects on soil biota and soil processes, and mycorrhizal effects on plant growth on extreme sites, including thermal soils. Additionally, Dr. Zabinski serves as the MSU Outreach Liaison for Project PACE.