Queen's University, Belfast

Current Position Lecturer
Previous Position Post-doctoral Research Fellow (FU Berlin)
Telephone +44 (0) 2890972271
Email t.caruso@qub.ac.uk
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Earth Systems
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical, Modelling


Key Research Interests

  • Processes structuring terrestrial biodiversity
  • Aboveground-belowground linkages
  • Soil animal ecology
  • Soil community ecology (animal and microbes)
  • Soil macroecology

Recent Key Papers

  • Caruso T, Schaefer I., Monson F, Keith AM (2019). Oribatid mites show how climate and latitudinal gradients in organic matter can drive large-scale biodiversity patterns of soil communities. Journal of Biogeography (in press)
  • Caruso T, De Vries FT, Bardgett RD, Lehmann J (2018). Soil organic carbon dynamics matching ecological equilibrium theory. Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4586
  • Horn S, Hempel S, Verbruggen E, Rillig MC, Caruso T (2017). Linking the community structure of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plants: a story of interdependence? The ISME Journal 11(6): 1400-1411

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Marco Ilardi (2015-2018) joint supervision with Jaime Dick (QUB) and Mark Emmerson (QUB). Aboveground drivers of soil animal communities. Funded by DEL (NI)
  • Matthew Magilton (2015-2018) joint supervision with Mark Emmerson (QUB). Responses of soil animal trophic structure to nutrient management and drought. Funded by DEL (NI) as a QUB leveraged PhD fellowship to a NERC Soil Security grant
  • David Flynn (2015-2018) joint supervision with Dario Fornara (AFBI). Effects of long term fertilization on relationships between plant roots, N, P, organic C, decomposition and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi. DAERA (NI)