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Washington State University Molecular Plant Sciences

509-335-5805
m.friesen@wsu.edu

Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology.

 

 

 

 

 

Education

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

Research

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.