My research interests revolve around questions exploring the evolutionary processes and ecological interactions that drive patterns of terrestrial microbial biogeography across spatial, environmental, and temporal scales.
Biogeographers have mapped the distributions of plant and animal species for centuries, yet we are only beginning to understand the processes that drives biogeography of microbial life. I am particularly interested in biogeographical patterns of soil microbes driven by dispersal dynamics and shaped by historical geological events, such as glaciation.
Microbial Natural products
Soil microbes produce an immense repertoire of metabolites. These natural products, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), mediate a multitude of interactions between microbes, plants, and animals within the soil ecosystem. I am interested in the evolutionary and ecological processes that generate this diversity.
Plants and microbes have co-evolved for millions of years, and plant microbiomes play a major role in plant health. I am interested in the microbial population and community level dynamics that drive plant-microbe interactions in agricultural crops.