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I am a fifth-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.

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auf Wiedersehen, Berkeley!

I am very excited to travel to Kiel University this summer for a three-month research exchange in the Schulenburg lab, through a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service. I will be trading plants for nematodes – at least for now!

Evolution in reverse

Preprint alert! We know that coevolution between hosts and parasites creates selection pressures that are frequently changing. So why do some studies of bacteria in the wild (LeGault et al. 2021, Science; Dewald-Wang et al. 2022, The American Naturalist) find that they… Continue reading Evolution in reverse

Check out our new paper!

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!