Lennon Lab
Microbial Ecology
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Current Lab Members
 


Jay T. Lennon
Principal Investigator

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Research interests:
Microbial biodiversity, resource variability, ecology and evolution of viruses, dormancy.

 


Ariane Peralta
Postdoctoral Researcher

Research interests:
Soil microbial ecology, environmental gradients, nutrient cycling, plant-soil-microbialinteractions in agroecosystems

 


Sarah Placella
Postdoctoral Researcher

Research interests:
Microbial functional dynamics, temporal and spatial heterogeneity

 


Megan Larsen
Ph.D. Student

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Research interests:
Aquatic molecular microbiology, ecology and evolution of cyanophages, harmful algal blooms.

 


Mario Muscarella
Ph.D. Student

Research interests:
Aquatic microbiology, molecular and ecological strategies of resource utilization.

 


Kayla Miller
Ph.D. Student

Research interests:
Terrestrial microbial ecology, plant-microbe interactions, and biogeography

 


Kali Bird
Masters Student

Research interests:
Generalist and specialist utiliztation of diverse phosphorus sources by freshwater bacteria.

 


Brent Lehmkuhl
Research Technicican

Research interests:
Microbiology, molecular genetics, PCB-degrading bacteria.

 
Former Lab Members
 


Stuart Jones, Postdoctoral Researcher
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame

Research interests:
Microbial diversity, limnology, carbon cycling in freshwater ecosystems.

 


Ed Hall: Postdoctoral Researcher and Visiting Scientist
Current Position: Research Scientist, USGS Fort Collins

Research interests:
Heterotrophic bacterial metabolism in aquatic ecosystems, resource competition along temperature gradients.

 


Zach Aanderud, Postdoctoral Researcher
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University

Research interests:
Soil microbial processes, ecosystem responses to moisture/precipitation variability.

 


Evan Kane, Postdoctoral Researcher
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Michigan Technologcial University

Research interests:
Stabilization of soil organic matter in boreal ecosystems. Hyrolgic and microbial controls on carbon and mercury fluxes

 


Megan Lowenberg
Research Assistant

Research interests:
Microbial diversity, ecology and evolution of microbial communities, molecular and population genetics.

 


Rob Morrison, Research Assistant
Current Position: Ph.D. student in Entomology at MSU

Research interests:
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Ecology.

 


Justin Rensch
Research Assistant

Research interests:
Enviornmental Engineering, Daphnia-microbe interactions.

 


Robbie Snyder
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Research interests:
Effects of microbial biofilms on plant responses to drought stress.

 


Bryan Wallace
Research Assistant

Research interests:
Ecology, aquatic sciences, field biology

 


Cathy McMinn, Research Assistant
Current Position: Research Assistant, KBS-LTER

Research interests:
Terrestrial biogeochemistry

 


Sandy Erwin
Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

Research interests:
Microbial effects on plant evolutionary responses to environmental stress.