Our lab’s focus is on the evolutionary ecology of interactions between microbes and hosts. We are interested in how both beneficial and harmful microbes establish and maintain relationships with their hosts. Such associations are shaped by ecological limitations on host and symbiont range, evolutionary trade-offs for both hosts and microbes, and host immunology. We combine genomic and experimental approaches to study these forces in diverse insect-microbe systems. To address these topics, we utilize the versatility of insect–microbe systems in which both the host insects and their associated microbes can be maintained in the laboratory.
Caitlin Conn, currently finishing up her graduate work at the University of Georgia, received a phone call from an NSF program officer today! She was awarded an NSF Special Collections Postdoc to work on Escovopsis, a pathogen associated with fungus-growing ants. We are so excited that she will be joining us!
- Mellon Mays Award to Erica!
- Ph.D. candidates, Wen-Hao and Kim
- GRFP Celebration!
- Another Successful Atlanta Science Festival!
- former grad student Nelle Couret receives fellowship at URI
- congrats, Wen-Hao
- congrats, Erica
- ASM agar art contest
- former postdoc Lynn Griffin takes position as lecturer at UCSB