Emma Hauser

Doctoral candidate
Primary office:
KBS- Higuchi Hall


Advisor: Dr. Sharon Billings
Research interest: Ecosystems ecology, rooting systems, nutrient and carbon cycling
Hometown: Athens, Ohio



  • B.A. Environmental Science/Geology, Earlham College


  • Billings, S.A., Hirmas, D., Sullivan, P. L., Lehmeier, C., Bagchi, S., Min, K., Brecheisen, Z., Hauser, E., Stair, R., Floury, R. and Richter, D. 2017.  Loss of deep roots limits biogenic agents of soil development that forest regeneration only partially restore. Elementa Science of the Anthropocene 6: 34. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.287

Presentations at Regional and National Conferences:

  • Hauser, E., Richter, D.D., and Billings, S.A. Tree carbon investments and soil phosphorus dividends: How do rooting systems maximize P acquisition while being thrifty with their C? American Geophysical Union Conference, Washgington, D.C., December, 2018. Poster presentation.
  • Hauser, E., Billings, S.A. An omnivore’s dilemma? The plasticity of rooting system nutritional strategies toward organic- vs. mineral-bound nutrient forms. Calhoun annual all-hands meeting, Union, SC, May, 2018.
  • Hauser, E., Sullivan, P. L., Stair, R., and Billings, S. A. Illuminating pathways of forest nutrient provision: Relative release from soil mineral and organic pools. American Geophysical Union Conference, New Orleans, LA, December, 2017.  Poster presentation.
  • Hauser, E. Beyond the visible: The effects of soil nitrogen and water on plant reflectance spectra. Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, MD, August 2015. Poster presentation.
  • Fadem, C.M., Perryman, C.R., Hauser E.M., and Birkel, J. Geoarcheology and the Basketmaker communities project: Preliminary results. Geologic Society of America, Vancouver, Canada, October 2014. Poster presentation.
  • Hauser, E. Beyond the visible: The effects of soil nitrogen and water on plant reflectance spectra.  Blandy Experimental Farm Summer Symposium, Boyce, VA, August 2014.
  • Hauser, E. Controls on greenhouse gas fluxes from soils: Effects of nitrogen fertilizers. Semester in Environmental Science Symposium, Woods Hole, MA, December 2013.

Attendance at Workshops and Meetings

  • IsoCamp. The University of Utah. Jim Ehleringer, PI. Salt Lake City, Utah. 11-23 June 2017.

Grants and Proposals:

  • Hauser, E., Billings, S.A (PI). Trees as thrifty investors for nutrient returns: Plasticity in belowground tree C investments with varying nutrient pool. University of Kansas Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Research Fellowship. $13,700. 12mo. 7/1/19-7/1/20. Funded.
  • Hauser, E. Illuminating pathways of forest nutrient provision: relative release from soil mineral and organic pools . Science Across Virtual Institutes Summer Interns. The Critical Zone Observatory Network.  $7000. Summer 2017. Funded.

Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

  • Hauser, E. Summer Research Scholarship. The University of  Kansas Graduate Studies. $5000. 3 mo. 6/1/19-8/1/19.
  • Hauser, E. Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund. The University of Kansas.  FY 2019
  • Hauser, E. Mari F. Pesek Graduate Research Award. Kansas Biological Survey.  Summer 2018
  • Hauser, E. Arthur J. Mix Endowed Scholarship Fund Botany Research Scholarship. The University of Kansas.  Summer 2018
  • Hauser, E. Summer Research Fellowship. The University of Kansas. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Summer 2017.
  • Hauser, E. Graduate Student Summer Travel Scholarship. The University of Kansas, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Summer 2017.
  • Hauser, E. KU Field Station Student Research Award. The University of Kansas. Summer 2017.
  • Hauser, E The Ida H. Hyde Research Scholarship. The University of Kansas. 2016-2017.
  • Hauser, E. Thomas Clarkson Grave and Anna Hubbard Grave Graduate Scholarship in Natural Sciences. Earlham College. 2015.


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