I am a soil ecologist. My research projects examine the ecological links between the above- and below-ground biota, and in particular, the roles of mycorrhizal fungi in ecosystem function.
My research revolves around three themes: documenting the diversity of mycorrhizal communities; developing a mechanistic understanding of how these plant-fungal interactions affect community and ecosystem processes, and examining the consequences of alterations in climate, land-use, and species invasions on this relationship. I use lab and field experiments coupled with a variety of analytical approaches (e.g. stable isotopes, high throughput sequencing, enzyme activity) to address these themes.
Current research projects include:
-Arbuscular mycorrhizal community responses to altered precipitation in a dry seasonal tropical forest;
-Integrating soil ecology into the conservation of rare and endangered plants; and,
-Agroecology: linking above- and below-ground systems.