Dr. John Dighton
Dr. John Dighton

Dr. John Dighton is interested in forest soil ecology and has spent many years investigating nutrient requirements of plantation forests, especially fast growing trees and interactions of forest trees with mycorrhizal fungi.

After the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, he became interested in the role of fungi in radionuclide acquisition and impacts of radionuclides on fungi. He has continued these lines of investigation and expanded my interests in the role of fungi in ecosystem processes since starting at Rutgers.


  • 1973-76 Ph.D. Queen Elizabeth College, University of London
  • 1972-73 M.Sc. Ecology, University of Durham 1969-72
  • B.Sc. General (External London) 2(i), North East London Polytechnic

Professional Positions

  • 1994-present: Director of the Division of Pinelands Research and Professor at Rutgers University with a split appointment between the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Cook College, New Brunswick, and the Rutgers-Camden Department of Biology.
  • 1980-1993: Research Scientist, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Merlewood Research Station, UK
  • 1977-1979: Teacher of Biology, St. Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington Kent, UK.


Dr. Dighton has published in many journals, including New Phytologist, Mycological Research, Mycologia, Mycorrhiza, the Journal of Applied Ecology, the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, the Scandanavian Journal of Forest Research, Environmental Pollution, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, Plant & Soil, Applied Spectroscopy, Castanea, the Australian Journal of Botany and Forest Ecology and Management.

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Memberships and Committees

Professional Memberships

  • Ecological Society of America
  • Mycological Society of America
  • British Mycological Society
  • New JerseyMycology Association
  • Soil Ecology Society (President 2011-2013)


Rutgers Affiliations

  • Member of the RU-Camden Department of Biology Graduate Program and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources Graduate Program, (SEBS), New Brunswick
  • Member of Microbiology Graduate Program (SEBS) and CCIB, Camden