I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Britt Koskella’s lab at the University of California, Berkeley. I’m interested in improving our ability to predict ecological and evolutionary processes, focusing especially on uncovering when and how these processes depend on history. I use a tri-trophic model system: tomato plants (S. lycopersicum), bacteria (plant pathogen P. syringae and commensal microbiome), and bacteriophages.
In a combination of field and growth chamber studies, we tested the effects of soil conditions – irrigation, mycorrhizae, and nutrient amendments – on the bacterial and fungal communities on plant leaves. Disrupting root-mycorrhizal associations decreased microbial diversity in the phyllosphere and… Continue reading Check out our new paper!