postdoctoral researcher to work on a USDA-funded project studying how fungal endophytes control plant drought responses in switchgrass, sorghum, and maize. The goal of the project is to develop a mechanistic framework for predicting fungal effects on plants at scale.
Our first paper from Stephanie Kivlin's postdoctoral work is out in Environmental Microbiology. Using experimental tree monocultures, we found that soil fungal communities diverge among tree species and spatial heterogeneity associated with tree species. However, fungal abundance varies seasonally, despite small differences in climate and soil moisture. For more information, see http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1462-2920.13342/abstract