Katalin Szlavecz

Katalin Szlavecz

Research Professor

PhD, Eotvos University, Hungary

211, 226 & 243 Olin Hall
Curriculum Vitae
Group/Lab Website

Katalin Szlavecz earned her PhD from Eotvos University in Hungary. Her research includes study of the diversity and ecology of soil invertebrates, soil biogeochemical cycling, urban ecosystems, and invasive species.

She is a CoPI of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER, a research associate at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and a collaborator at the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center Farming Systems Project

Current Projects
  • Belowground carbon dynamics in altered precipitation patterns in Mid-Atlantic deciduous forests.  
  • The second wave of earthworm invasion: How Amynthas alters the soil ecosystem
  • Below- and aboveground interactions: Earthworms, soil organic matter, fungi and tree seedlings
  • Urban soils and soil biota
  • Global Urban Soil Ecology and Educational Network (GLUSEEN)
  • Wireless sensors in soil ecology
  • The soil food web in agro-ecosystems
  • 270.308. Population and Community Ecology
  • 270.210. Environmental Field Methods
  • 270.332. Soil Ecology
  • 270.667. Seminar in Soil Ecology 
Selected Publications

Pouyat RV, ID Yesilonis, M Dombos, K Szlavecz,  H Setälä, S Cilliers, E Hornung, J Kotze, S Yarwood. A global comparison of surface soil characteristics across five cities: A test of the Urban Ecosystem Convergence Hypothesis. Soil Science doi: 10.1097/SS.0000000000000125

Chang, C.-H., Szlavecz, K., Filley, T., Buyer, J., Bernard, M., Pitz, S. Belowground competition among invading detritivores. Ecology doi.org/10.1890/15-0551.1

Pouyat, R.V., K. Szlavecz, I.D. Yesilonis, C.P. Wong, L. Murawski,. P. Marra, R. Casey, and S. Lev 2015. Metal contamination of residential soils and soil fauna at multiple scales in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Landscape and Urban Planning 142:7-17, doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.05.001

Burgess, J.L., Szlavecz, K., Rajakaruna, N., Lev, S. and Swan, C.M. 2015. Vegetation dynamics and mesophication in response to conifer encroachment within an ultramafic edaphic system. Australian Journal of Botany 63(4) 292-307 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/BT14241

Chun JA, K Szlavecz, M Bernard, D Ferrer, J Hom, N Saliendra 2014. Estimation of CO2 effluxes from suburban forest floor and grass using a process-based model. Atmospheric Environment 97:346-352.

Ma, Y TR Filley, CT Johnston, SE Crow, K Szlavecz, MK McCormick 2013. The combined controls of land use legacy and earthworm activity on soil organic matter chemistry and particle association during afforestation. Org. Geochem. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.orggeochem.2013.02.010

Savva Y., Szlavecz K., Carlson D., Gupchup J., Szalay A., Terzis A. 2013. Spatial patterns of soil moisture under forest and grass land cover in a suburban area, in Maryland, USA.  Geoderma , 192: 202-210 DOI:10.1016/j.geoderma.2012.08.013

Szlavecz, K. PS Warren, STA. Pickett 2011. Biodiversity in the Urban Landscape. Pp 75-101 in RP Cincotta and LJ Gorenflo Human Population: Its Influences on Biological Diversity.  Ecological Studies 214, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

Szlavecz, K., M. McCormick, L. Xia, J. Saunders, T. Morcol, D. Whigham, T. Filley, Cs, Csuzdi 2011. Ecosystem effects of non-native earthworms in Mid-Atlantic deciduous forests. Biological Invasions 15:1165-1182. doi: 10.1007/s10530-011-9959-0

Pickett, STA, ML Cadenasso, JM Grove, CG Boone, E Irwin, PM Groffman, SS Kaushal, V Marshall, BP McGrath, CH Nilon, RV Pouyat, K Szlavecz, A Troy, P Warren 2010  Urban ecological systems: Scientific foundations and a decade of progress. Journal of Environmental Management 92: 331-362. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.08.022