For more information about my research interests and opportunities for graduate study, please visit my research page.
My research lab is equipped to conduct a variety of research projects dealing with plants, soils, and mycorrhizal fungi. The lab is equipped with microscopes, an incubator, a laminar flow hood, a fume hood, a drying oven, a pH/mV meter, etc.
Facilities to support molecular work on mycorrhizal communities are available through the Center for Interdisciplinary Molecular Biology: Education, Research and Advancement (CIMERA). The lab also has computers with internet access and a variety of statistical analysis and graphics software.
CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS
Taylor Akers – MS Degree Candidate
Taylor joined the lab in Fall 2021. She is interested in the role of mycorrhizal diversity on restoration success of Quercus lobata.
Kalen Edwards – MS Degree Candidate
Kalen joined the lab in Fall 2021. He is interested in the role of mycorrhizal fungi in soil aggregation and nutrient uptake in agricultural crop systems.
FORMER GRADUATE STUDENTS
Dan Lenz – MS Degree: Fall 2020
Thesis: Propagation of anti-herbivore defense cues in a common mycorrhizal network
Ian Mounts – MS Degree: Spring 2019
Thesis: The role of common mycorrhizal networks in ameliorating drought stress in Pseudotsuga menziesii
Erika Teach – MS Degree: Fall 2014
Thesis: Effects of soil compaction on emergence and growth of Quercus douglasii: implications for seedling recruitment
Christian Commander – MS Degree: Fall 2013
Thesis: The influence of dams on the abundance of Arundo donax (giant reed) in riparian corridors
Carolina Fonseca – MS Degree: Spring 2013
Thesis: Patterns of population differentiation in early traits of development in Elymus glaucus.
Beth Lesar – MS Degree: Spring 2009
Thesis: Influence of historical fire frequency on forest cover and stand structure in northeastern California
Andrew Griffiths – MS Degree: Spring 2007
Thesis: Heavy metal accumulation in MacDonald’s rock cress (Arabis macdonaldiana) defends against herbivory: a field experiment
Pamela Conavay – MS Degree: Spring 2007
Thesis: Population age structure and recruitment of blue oak (Quercus douglasii) at Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Sacramento County, California.
Justin Cutler – MS Degree: Fall 2006
Thesis: Accuracy assessment of high resolution multispectral satellite imagery for remote sensing identification of wetlands and classification of vernal pools in eastern Sacramento County, California.
FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Makenzie Pierce – 2021
Makenzie examined whether propagation of anti-herbivore defense cues through a common mycorrhizal network can affect herbivore performance
Kathryn Mercier – 2021
Kathryn sought to examine whether plants receiving anti-herbivore defense cues through a common mycorrhizal network experience fitness costs
Chris Fernandez – 2005
Chris investigated whether there is a community-level association between the shrub Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) and several oak species near Sweetwater Creek, El Dorado County.
Eddy Morgan – 2004
Eddy compared the effect of stormwater effluent on algal species abundance and richness in the American River, Sacramento County.