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Washington State University Molecular Plant Sciences


Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology.







PhD in Population Biology, University of California, Davis, 2008
BSc in Ecology and Mathematics, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2003


I am fascinated by beneficial plant-microbe interactions, particularly those between nitrogen-fixing bacteria and plants. Much of my work is in the legume-rhizobia system, utilizing natural genetic variation in both partners to ask questions about adaptation and conflict. I am also working in grass-associative nitrogen fixation systems to understand the functioning of interrelationships between plants and their rhizosphere communities and the evolutionary stability and molecular basis of these interactions. Finally, I use mathematical models to explore the conceptual underpinnings of mutualisms with the goal of integrating models with empirical data to understand fundamental processes acting at molecular, organismal, population/community, and ecosystem scales.

Selected Publications

Please see my Google Scholar profile.