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Photo of many different fungal cultures

Root endophyte cultures from desert grasses


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We are interested in understanding how and why species compete, coexist, and vary in abundance and rarity in populations and communities. In particular, our lab focuses on the interactions between plants and microbes, and how they change population dynamics and community structure. These interactions can range from negative (plant pathogens), neutral (latent decomposers), to positive (mutualisms). We combine field and greenhouse experiments, long term data sets, statistical and computational modeling, as well as wet lab molecular techniques to investigate these topics. 

A group of 15 people standing under a tree in the Jaworski amphitheater
Lab group photo in April 2024



2023 Lab white elephant party


A photo of 13 people in front of the Broad River with some kayaks and canoes
Lab float trip 2022