Lab Alumni

Colin Averill

Colin Averill, PhD 2015
Colin completed his PhD in the Hawkes Lab studying the role of ectomycorrhizal fungi on soil carbon and nitrogen cycling. He is now a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Jenny Talbot at Boston University.

Erin Brault Erin Brault, Lab Technician 2008-10

Erin assisted with our work in restoration of Florida shrublands, and optimized our biogeochemical protocols for these low nutrient sands.

Hannah Giauque
Hannah completed her PhD in Plant Biology working on the role of foliar endophytic fungi in mediating grass drought responses. She now works at Monsanto bioprospecting for microbes useful in agriculture.
Valerie Huguet

Valerie Huguet, Postdoctoral Researcher 2006-07
Valerie helped set up the lab and contributed to our work on how soil fungi responded to changes in the seasonality of rainfall at the UC Angelo Reserve.

Sarah Hamman
Sarah participated in our work on the restoration of nitrogen cycling in Florida shrublands.
Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson, Lab Technician and Manager 2008-13
Nick was involved in multiple projects in the lab, including restoration of Florida shrublands, climate change in central Texas grasslands, and switchgrass responses to precipitation. He is currently a research technician in the Costello lab at Kent State University.

Jetton Fontenot, Lab Technician 2015-16
Jetton assisted with gradient and microcosm studies of historical contingencies in microbial communities. 

Clare Glinka Clare Glinka, MA 2011
Clare’s thesis was focused on the role of soil microbes in restoration of degraded Florida shrublands.
Heather McGray
Heather McGray, IB Postdoctoral Fellow 2011-13
Heather participated in the UTeach program and studied the interactions of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plants during drought.
Jenny Rocca
Jenny’s thesis centered on soil microbial responses to altered precipitation. She received her PhD with Dr. Matthew Wallenstein at Colorado State University and is currently a postdoc at Duke University with Dr. Emily Bernhardt.
Ben Sikes

Ben Sikes, Smith Postdoctoral Fellow 2010-12
During his postdoc, Ben addressed the role of endophytic and saprotrophic fungi in restoration of degraded Florida shrublands. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Kansas University.

Yana Sorokin
Yana Sorokin, Lab Technician 2009-11
Yana was instrumental in setting up our rainfall manipulation experiments at the UT Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Bonnie’s dissertation addressed soil microbial responses to climate change in tropical forests and grasslands. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Utah State University.