I am a Microbial Ecologist studying plant-microbiome interactions and the effects of disturbances (pathogens, climate, contaminants) on ecosystem health.
My work falls in the fields of Microbiome and Stress Ecology and the overarching questions that motivate my research are:
- What are the processes driving microbiome diversity and functions, especially during disturbances?
- How do microbiomes influence host phenotypes, particularly their responses to abiotic and biotic stressors?
- Can we classify microbial taxa into ecological categories, similar to those developed for plants or animals, to better predict microbiome dynamics?