he Schweitzer lab works at the most interesting place in ecology and evolution – the interface between above- and belowground processes in terrestrial ecosystems. We aim to be at the forefront of research in biodiversity studies emphasizing quantitative, experimental, and multidisciplinary approaches to fundamental ecological and evolutionary questions. We examine the role of plant-soil linkages and feedbacks to soils and nutrient cycling and the ecological and evolutionary importance of these linkages to both soils and plants. This approach takes a holistic approach to both the biotic and abiotic factors that govern species interactions. We apply this approach in a range of contexts in global change including invasion biology, climatic change and biodiversity and ecosystem function – the results of which have both applied and theoretical importance to the conservation and sustainability of natural ecosystems. Our goal is to have fun, work on questions and issues that we are passionate about and try to contribute to real issues that affect us all.