Katharine Suding

Katharine Suding

Distinguished Professor

  • Fellow in Absentia

Departments / Academic Programs


  • PhD: University of Michigan, 1999
  • BS: Williams College, 1994

Contact Information

(Office) 303 735-3193


Plant community ecology; restoration, invasion biology, environmental change, and conservation.


I am a plant community ecologist working at the interface of ecosystem, landscape and population biology. My goal is to apply cutting-edge “usable” science to the challenges of restoration, species invasion, and environmental change. My research group and I work with a range of conservation groups, government agencies and land managers to provide evidence-based solutions that take into account biodiversity, human well-being, and management opportunities. We employ a combination of long-term monitoring, modeling and experimental approaches in settings that range from alpine tundra to oak woodlands to grasslands. Common themes include plant-soil feedbacks, functional traits, species effects on ecosystem processes, and non-linear and threshold dynamics.

Visit the Suding Lab web site.


  • Highly Cited Researcher (2016-2019), Web of Science Group, 2019
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2018
  • MacArthur Award, Ecological Society of America, 2018
  • BFA Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work, Boulder Faculty Assembly, 2018
  • Fellow, Ecological Society of America, 2016