Jack McFarland



Ph.D. (Ecology) University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 2008

B.A. (Biology, Environmental Science) University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1993


Professional experience:

[2009 – present] Research Ecologist, USGS, Menlo Park, CA

[2009 – present] Affiliate faculty, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK

[2008-2009] Postdoctoral researcher, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK







He S, Malfatti SA, McFarland JW, Anderson FE, Pati A, Huntemann M, Tremblay J, del Rio TJ, Waldrop MP, Windham-Myers L. In press. Patterns in wetland microbial community composition and functional gene repertoire associated with methane emissions. mBio.

Hultman J, Waldrop MW, Mackelprang R, Maude, MD, McFarland JW, Blazewicz SJ, Harden J, Turetsky MR, McGuire AD, Shah MB, VerBerkmoes NC, Lee LH, Mavrommatis K, Jansson JK. 2015. Multi-omics of permafrost, active layer and thermokarst bog soil microbiomes. Nature doi:10.1038/nature14238

Taylor DL, Hollingsworth TN, McFarland J, Lennon NJ, Nusbaum C, Ruess RW. In press. A first comprehensive census of fungi in soil reveals both hyperdiversity and fine-scale niche partitioning. Ecology http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/12-1693.1

McFarland JW, Waldrop MW, Haw M. 2013. Extreme CO2 disturbance and the resilience of soil microbial communities. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 65: 274-286.

Ruess RW, Anderson MD, McFarland JW, Kielland K, Olson K, Taylor, DL. 2013. Ecosystem level consequences of symbiont partnerships in an N-fixing shrub from interior Alaska. Ecological Monographs 83: 177-194.

 Ji L, Wylie BK , Nossov DR, Peterson B, Waldrop MP, McFarland JW, Rover J, Hollingsworth TN. 2012. Estimating aboveground biomass in interior Alaska with Landsat data and field measurements. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 18: 451-461.

McFarland JW, Ruess RW, Kielland K, Hendrick R, Pregitzer KS. 2010. In situ glycine mineralization is closely associated to soil carbon availability across six North American forest ecosystems. Biogeochemistry 99:175-191.

McFarland JW, Ruess RW, Kielland K, Pregitzer KS, Hendrick R, Allen M. 2010. Cross-ecosystem comparisons of in situ plant uptake of amino acid-N and NH4+Ecosystems 13:177-193

Taylor DL, Herriott IC, Stone KE, McFarland JW, Booth M, Leigh MB. 2010. Structure and resilience of fungal communities in Alaskan boreal forest soils. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40:1288-1301.


Geml J, Laursen GA, Herriott IC, McFarland JW, Booth MG, Lennon N, Nusbaum CH, Taylor DL. 2010. Phylogenetic and ecological analyses of soil and sporocarp DNA sequences reveal high diversity and strong habitat partitioning in the boreal ectomycorrhizal genus Russula (Russulales; Basidiomycota). New Phytologist 187: 494-507.

Chapin FS III, McFarland JW, McGuire AD, Euskirchen E, Ruess RW, Kielland K. 2009. The changing global carbon cycle: Linking local plant-soil processes to global consequences Journal of Ecology 97: 840-85


Geml J, Laursen GA, Timling I, McFarland JW, Booth MG, Lennon N, Nusbaum C, Taylor DL. 2009 Molecular phylogenetic biodiversity assessment of arctic and boreal ectomycorrhizal Lactarius Pers. (Russulales; Basidiomycota) in Alaska, based on soil and sporocarp DNA. Molecular Ecology 18: 2213-2227.

Taylor DL, Booth MG, McFarland JW, Herriott IC, Lennon NJ, Nusbaum C & Marr TG. 2008. Increasing ecological inference from high throughput sequencing of fungi in the environment through a tagging approach. Molecular Ecology Resources 8:742 - 752.

Shefferson RP, Taylor DL, Weiss M, Garnica S, McCormick MK, Adams S, Gray HM, McFarland JW, Kull T, Tali K, Yukawa T, Kawahara T, Miyoshi K, Lee Y-I. 2007. The evolutionary history of mycorrhizal specificity among Lady's Slipper orchids. Evolution 61: 1380-1390.

Kielland K, McFarland JW, Ruess RW, Olson K. 2007. Rapid cycling of organic nitrogen in taiga forest soils. Ecosystems 10:360-368.

Kielland K, McFarland JW, Olson K. 2006. Amino acid uptake in coniferous and deciduous forest ecosystems. Plant and Soil 288:297-307.

McFarland JW, Ruess RW, Kielland K, Doyle A. 2002. Cycling dynamics of NH4and amino acid N in soils of a deciduous boreal forest ecosystem. Ecosystems 5: 775-788.