Lab news

Thanks to everyone in the Allison, AMartiny, JMartiny, and Treseder Labs that helped in collecting and processing the elevation gradient transplant experiment!!! This was a heroic joint effort, but we couldn't have done it without our fearless leader Claudia!
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Congrats to Alex on advancing to candidacy and for his paper about the abundant litter microbe Curtobacterium!

Big news! Jonathan and Alberto will begin PhD programs at NYU and Northwestern, respectively, in the fall (woo-hoo)!

Jen was elected a fellow to the Ecological Society of America and the American Academy of Microbiology.

Kristin and Jeniffer's study on the phylogenetic conservation of bacterial traits is out in PlosONE.

Michaeline is visiting the Dunbar and Kuske groups at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Quantifying the resilience of microbial communities in the field - new paper in ISME Journal.

Research Overview

Our lab studies the generation and maintenance of microbial diversity and its consequences for ecosystem functioning. In the past, we have focused on characterizing patterns of microbial diversity (biogeographic patterns).
We are now turning our attention to experimentally testing the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms generating these patterns and whether this variation in microbial composition affects ecosystem functioning.

We study all sorts of microbes such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi in a variety of ecosystems. Depending on the question, we also apply a range of approaches, including experimental evolution, field experiments, and greenhouse microcosms. We often use molecular genetic approaches to characterize microbial diversity (from PCR and cloning to whole genome sequencing and functional metagenomics), with the goal of linking this genetic diversity to phenotypic traits and ecosystem functioning.

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