Ph.D. Forest Resources, University of Georgia
M.S. Soil Science, University of California Davis
B.S. Environmental and Resource Science, University of California Davis
Graduate Student (PhD in Ecology)
M.S. Ecology, University of Georgia
B.S. Biology, Concord University
I am interested in understanding drivers of tree species assemblages in eastern North American forests and how changes in these assemblages impact ecosystem function.
Graduate Student (PhD in Ecology; co-advised with Dr. Anny Chung)
B.S. Environmental Sciences, Emory University
My primary research interests lie in plant-soil-microbe interactions and their potential impact on plant and soil community structure. My current interests lie in understanding how hemiparasitic plants affect nutrient cycling, aboveground plant competition, and belowground microbial community assembly.
Graduate Student (M.S. in Ecology)
B.A. Biology and Environmental Science, University of Minnesota Morris
I am interested in understanding how fungi associated with plant roots shape organic matter in soils. My research focuses on the impact of trees like oaks and pines, and their ectomycorrhizal fungal partners, on the quantity and composition of soil organic matter in woodlands of the southeastern United States.
Graduate Student (PhD in Plant Biology)
B.S. Biology, Wingate University
I am interested in how root-associated fungi (mycorrhizae) influence soil carbon and nitrogen cycling. I am particularly interested in investigating the nutrient uptake strategies and decay processes of two different groups of mycorrhizae, ectomycorrhizae (mostly tree-associated) and ericoid mycorrhizae (mostly shrub-associated).
ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow (Honorary lab member)
PhD Biology, University of Pennsylvania
B.A. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
I am interested in how plants and their microbial symbionts interact to shape plant community composition, nutrient and contaminant movement through ecosystems, and ecosystem responses to human disturbance.
Former Lab Members:
Graduate Students and Postdocs:
Jessie Motes (M.S. in Ecology) - PhD student at Columbia University
Sarah Ottinger (M.S. in Ecology) - Assistant Research Technician at Oak Ridge National Lab
Irenee Payne (visiting graduate student from Oregon State University) - Research Technician with USDA Forest Service
Dana Carpenter (M.S. in Ecology) - Biologist and Natural Areas Manager, Baker University Wetlands and Discovery Center
Carly Phillips (Ph.D. in Ecology) - Researcher in Residence, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Jeffrey Minucci (Ph.D. in Ecology) - Physical Scientist, US Environmental Protection Agency
Julie Tierney (M.S. in Ecology) - PhD student at Princeton University
Mike Ament (M.S. in Ecology) - PhD student at University of Vermont
Erin Coughlin (M.S. in Ecology) - PhD student at Duke University
Melanie Taylor (M.S. in Ecology) - Ecologist with USDA Forest Service
Courtney Collins (M.S. in Conservation Ecology & Sustainable Development) - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia
Megan Machmuller (Honorary Lab Member, Ph.D. in Ecology) - Research Scientist at Colorado State University
Kelly Andersen (Postdoctoral Researcher) - Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University
Grace Anne Ingham