My research program focuses on the eco-evolutionary linkages between plants, soils, soil communities and ecosystem processes. I focus on the complex interactions and feedbacks between above- and belowground processes in a variety of global change contexts, most recently fire, urbanization and climate change.
I am interested in bridging mechanistic dynamics of above- and below-ground trait linkages in plant-soil feedbacks to better understand variation in plant functional responses on the landscape. I currently work with Solidago spp. (Goldenrod) to investigate the role of soil microbial communities on mediating plant trait variation. Outside of the lab, I’m often hiking in the Appalachians or on the tennis court.
I am interested in using island-like systems to examine species range shifts, genetic drift and phenological changes, as well as aboveground-belowground interactions between tree host and microbes. I currently work with Populus angustifolia in the western United States in the Madrean sky islands. When not in the lab, I am outside climbing, hiking with my partner & poodle, or plein air painting in a beautiful location!
I am interested in dissecting the mechanistic change and effect that various global change scenarios have on multitrophic interactions and ecosystem functioning. I will be using an experimental context to examine the top down effects of pollinator removal, as well as the bottom up effects of a biological invasion on a Solidago (Goldenrod) dominated community. Beyond my primary research focus, I am also interested in science communication and finding creative ways to make science accessible to all audiences. When I am not working, I’ll likely be cycling, hiking or snapping photos, generally in the mountains.
Former lab members
Current position: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Sheth Lab, N.C. State University
Current position: U.S. National Park Service
Michael Van Nuland
PhD 2012, co-advised with Joe Bailey
Current position: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Current position: PhD Student, Bradford Lab, Yale University
Some of the many fantastic undergraduate researchers who have worked in the lab!
Kassie Hollobough (2018-2019)
Terrell Carter (2016-2018)
Ik-Han Noh (2016-2018)
Amber Odum (2015-2016)
Peter Meidl (2013-2015)
Caroline Daws (2013-2015)
Charles Witt (2015)
Hannah Long (2012-2013)
Kelli McLane (2012)
Danny Lusk (2011)
Naeko Omomo (2011)
John Senior (2011)
Devin Jones (2009-2010)
Brett Ashenfelter (2008-2011)
Nicole Hergott (2008-2010)
Derek Dawson (2008-2010)
Logan Elmore (2008-2009)
Emily Giles (2007)