Rondy Malik

Plant soil feedback: the role of the rhizosphere in trophic interactions and litter degradation


Adviser: David Eissenstat

Funded by NSF Susquehanna-Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory

Research focus

My research interests include elements of evolution and community ecology.  Currently, I am interested in the role of mycorrhizae in trophic ecology and nutrient cycling. In light of this, my research has featured arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi and various plant-enemies, as well as the role of mycorrhizal trees in the decomposition of wood debris.


UMass Boston, Biology B.Sc., 2013
Indiana University, Evolution, Ecology & Behavior M.Sc., 2016
Penn State University, Ecology, Ph.D., Candidate, Expected 2020


Zavada T, Malik RJ, Kesseli R (2017) Population structure in Cichorium intybus: A successful U.S. weed since the American revolutionary war Ecology and Evolution 7(12) 4209–4219
Malik RJ, Dixon MH, Bever JD (2016) Mycorrhizal composition can predict foliar pathogen colonization in soybean. Biological Control 103, 46-53
Malik RJ, Ali JG, Bever JD (Accepted) Mycorrhizal composition relaxes density independent mortality by promoting beetle’s access to plant resources Pedobiologia, in press