Our research addresses questions related to the responses of microbial populations, communities, and ecosystems to changes in the resource environment. Specifically, we ask questions related to how the supply and diversity of resources alters the composition and function of communities, and how the traits and species interactions link structure and function. To answer these questions, we use a mixture of field, lab, bioinformatics, and theoretical approaches. Using these diverse approaches our research bridges microbiology and community and ecosystem ecology.
Microbial metabolic rates link the composition of microbial communities to aquatic carbon dynamics. We use a mixture of theory, lab experiments, and field observations to study to metabolism of microbial communities and the consequences for ecosystem function
While often considered a homologous pool, many resources exist as heterogeneous mixtures of multiple chemical forms. We use a mixture of lab experiments and field observations to study how the heterogeneity of resources contributes to microbial diversity and ecosystem function.
Microbial traits link community composition to species interactions and ecosystem function. We use a mixture of bioinformatics, genomics, lab experiments, and field observations to study the traits that regulate the species interactions and ecosystem function.