Mark D. Hunter

Courtesy Appointment


PhD, University of Oxford (community ecology)

BA, University of Oxford (zoology)



Professor Hunter is the Henry A. Gleason Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1984 and his doctorate in 1988, both from the University of Oxford in England. After serving as a NATO International Fellow and an NSERC International Fellow, he joined the faculty of the University of Georgia in 1995. While at UGA, he served as Professor in the Institute of Ecology and as founding Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes. He joined the University of Michigan in January 2006. His research interests include plant-animal interactions, ecosystem ecology, biodiversity, and population dynamics. His research links population processes with ecosystem processes in terrestrial environments and explores the mitigation of global environmental change. From 2007 to 2012, he served as the first Director of the Frontiers Master’s Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, which fosters graduate student diversity at the University of Michigan. Professor Hunter has published over 120 research articles and written or edited five books. Media coverage of his research includes The BBC, CNN, CBC, The Times, The Business Standard, The LA Times, Science Podcast, Nature World News, The National Geographic, and National Public Radio/Public Radio International.


Mark Hunter and Timothy James. Enhancing Long-Term Carbon Sequestration in Soils by Mycorrhizal Fungi. To understand how mycorrhizal fungi in soil contribute to long-term carbon storage, and to explore land management strategies that will increase carbon sequestration rates. Project involves soil sampling, measurement, and analysis, as well as a literature survey for global patterns relating to mycorrhizal fungi and carbon storage.

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