Kane R. Keller


  • Michigan State University. Ph.D. Candidate. In progress. Plant Biology & Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior.
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. B.S. in Integrative Biology, 2007.


  • Keller, K.R. 2014. Mutualistic rhizobia reduce plant diversity and alter community composition. Oecologia 176: 1101-1109.
    • DOI: 10.1007/s00442-014-3089-1
  • Keller, K.R. and J.A. Lau. When mutualisms matter: rhizobia effects on plant communities depend on host plant genotype and soil nitrogen availability. (In Review). *Available upon request
  • terHorst, C.P., J.A. Lau, I.A. Cooper, K.R. Keller, R.J. LaRosa, A.M. Royer, E.H. Schultheis, T. Suwa, and J.K. Conner. Quantifying non-additive selection caused by indirect ecological effects. (In Press at Ecology).
  • Foster, B.L., C.A. Murphy, K.R. Keller, T.A. Aschenbach, E.J. Questad, and K. Kindscher.  2007.  Restoration of prairie community structure and ecosystem function in an abandoned hayfield: a sowing experiment.  Restoration Ecology 15 (4): 652-661.


  • 2014                          MSU Plant Science Fellowship Award of Excellence
  • 2014                          MSU CSN Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • 2014                          MSU KBS Graduate School Fellowship
  • 2013                          CNS Dissertation Continuation Fellowship, Michigan State University
  • 2013 and 2014        EEBB Summer Fellowship, Michigan State University
  • 2008-2011               National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2008                         National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellow
  • 2007 and 2012       Plant Sciences Fellow, Michigan State University


  • 2013                         Plant Population Ecology Student Travel Award, Ecological Society of America
  • 2013                         British Ecological Society Training and Travel Grant
  • 2013                         Graduate Student International Travel Grant. ISP, MSU
  • 2013                         Council of Graduate Students Conference Grant. MSU
  • 2012                         Hanes Trust Foundation. Research Grant
  • 2012                         Michigan Botanical Foundation. Research Grant
  • 2009-2013              G.H. Lauff Graduate Research Award. Kellogg Biological Station, MSU
  • 2009-2014              College of Natural Science, MSU. Travel Funding
  • 2009-2013              The Graduate School, Michigan State Univesity. Travel Funding
  • 2009-2012              Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior, MSU. Travel Funding
  • 2009-2012              T. Wayne and Kathryn Porter Research Award. KBS, MSU
  • 2008-2014              Paul Taylor Endowment Fund Award, Dept. of Plant Biology. MSU
  • 2007-2013               MSU Plant Sciences. Research Grant
  • 2006                         Special Undergraduate Research on the Environment, University of Illinois
  • 2005                         NSF, Research Experience for Undergraduates. University of Kansas


  • Fall 2014                   Co-Instructor. Ecology (ZOL 355). MSU.
  • Summer 2014          Co-Instructor. Ecology (ZOL 355). KBS, MSU.
  • Fall 2013                   Teaching Assistant. Evolution. (ZOL 445). MSU.
  • Fall 2013                   Guest Lecture. Ecology Honor’s Section (ZOL 355). MSU.
  • Summer 2013          Instructor. SpartaNature. MSU, Kellogg Biological Station.
  • Summer 2012          Co-Instructor. SpartaNature. MSU, Kellogg Biological Station.
  • Fall 2010                  Teaching Assistant. Ecology Lab (ZOL 355L). MSU.
  • 2008-2009              NSF GK-12 Program. MSU, Kellogg Biological Station.


  • 2014             Sara Carabajal. Humboldt State University.
  • 2014             Felipe Navarro, Michigan State University.
  • 2012             Anh Bui, Michigan State University
  • 2011             Alisha Fischer, Michigan State University.
  • 2010            Felize Dangcil, Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center.
  • 2010            Elaine Coughlin, Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center.
  • 2009            Molly Rooney, Michigan State University.
  • 2009            Tim Hose, Michigan State University.


  • Big Science Little Summaries Research Blog Contributor, (
  • KBS E-Station to Station Newsletter (Fall 2010)
  • KBS Communication Advisory Committee


American Naturalist, Functional Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Ecology, Oikos, Plant Ecology and Diversity, PLOS One


  • Ecological Society of America
  • British Ecological Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • American Society of Naturalists


  • 2013-2014             KBS Graduate Affairs Committee
  • 2012-2013              KBS Academic Personnel Committee
  • 2012-2013              KBS Site Use Committee
  • 2011-2012               KBS Academic Program Planning Committee
  • 2009-2010             KBS Graduate Affairs Committee