Meeting Oct 19, 2017
Water Conservation and Aquifers, etc
Now a Professor in Environmental Studies and Biology at Elon University, Dr. MacFall has spent her career researching the relationships between plants and fungi with their environment, especially soils. She was a pioneer in the use of the medical technology magnetic resonance imaging to study the biology of intact plant root systems and interactions between pine trees and fungi that grow on them. This work was expanded to the study of plant roots and the microbial ecology of soils surrounding streams and rivers, evaluating the protective influence of the plants on water quality in the streams. She has also been deeply engaged in conservation and protection of the Haw River, working with conservation organizations and governments at several levels. Her most recent research focuses on local sustainable agriculture, exploring ways to connect farmers with consumers through innovative new markets. A native of Maryland, she now lives in central North Carolina, where she and her husband raised two daughters and are now raising two horses. Her graduate training was at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.