Current lab members

Spring 2018 Lab photo

Post Doctoral

Mina Rostamza - Post-doctoral research associate. Mina is an agronomist by training. We're investigating tools for phenotyping plant roots, and mechanisms of self/non-self recognition in soil. We're also doing some modeling to explore the effects of different harvest and cost funcitons on the outcome of plant allocation models.


Mariah Mobley - Mariah has been working on mechanisms of self-non/self recognition in plant-plant competition as an undergraduate researcher. She will start an M.Sc. this autumn looking at plant herbivore interactions.

Kliffi Blackstone - Kliffi is interested in mutualisms, and worked on interactions between plants and bats for her M.Sc. She will work on mycorrhizal associations.


Undergraduate research is an important part of my lab. Please feel free to email me if you are interested in doing a research project for credit!

Kiersten Nelson - Biology Undergraduate researcher. Kiersten examines stomatal development in forest stands. Autumn/Spring 2017.

Paige Bradley - Plant Science Undergraduate researcher. Paige studies net primary production in forests. Spring 2017.

Chloe Manley - Biology Undergraduate researcher. Chloe studies arbuscular mycorrhizae association with soybeans. Spring 2017.

Nathan Webb - Biology Undergraduate researcher. Nate studies stomatal development in trees. Spring 2017.

Past lab members

Post Doctoral

Paul Orlando - Post-doctoral research associate. Paul is a theoretical ecologist. We worked on plant-mycorrhizae bargaining games, and scaling up simple plant games to the level of communities. 2016-2017.



Morgan Ritzi - Plant Science Undergraduate researcher. Morgan worked on American Chestnut growth in response to competition and community diversity using dendrochonology. Autumn 2017.

Emily Gunter - Plant Science Undergraduate researcher. Emily worked on arbuscular mycorrhizae association with soybeans. Autumn 2017.

Gina Clepper - Engineering Undergraduate researcher. Gina developed models for plant resource foraging, exploring alternative harvest equations, and water uptake. Autumn 2016.

Wesley Evens - Plant Science Undergraduate researcher. Wesley worked on plant strategies for tolerating enemy attack. Autumn 2016.