Lukas Bell-Dereske is a postdoctoral associate in the Evans lab. He is fascinated by the factors that drive plant and microbial community composition within the context of climate change. Lukas is currently exploring the microbial community of leaves of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and how rain drives leaf community assembly.
Richard Allen White III is a computational and molecular microbiologist that uses multiomics and high performance computing to elicadate microbiomes in soil/rhizosphere. Within MMPRNT he is using genomic-centric metagenomics to reconstruct microbial genomes in their relationship to biochemical niche partitioning in switchgrass rhizospheres.
Yuan Liu is a postdoctoral associate in the Tiemann lab. He is interested in understanding how the rhizosphere microbiome in PBCS on marginal lands acquires C resources from plants vs SOM to fuel N transformations.
Tayler Chicoine Ulbrich is interested in using switchgrass as a model system to investigate how different plant ecotypes may select for and harbor distinct microbial communities that, in turn, influence their tolerance to drought.
Undergraduate Researchers and Technicians
Zhenyao Ye is an undergraduate technician in the Friesen Lab.
Jordan Priebe is an undergraduate technician in the Friesen lab.
Holly Vander Stel is a research technician and MMPRNT project coordinator.
Charity Mackie is a research technician in the Tiemann Lab.
Rémy Van Geersdaële is a research technician in the Evans Lab.
Emily Burgess is a research technician in the Evans lab.
Corinn Rutkoski: Technician in the Evans lab.
Yahn-Juah Su: Technician in the Evans lab.
Yang Ouyang: Post-doc in Tiemann Lab.
Kisanet Gebresilase: 2018 URA in the Evans Lab.
Harry Ervin: 2018 undergraduate assistant in the Evans Lab.
Audrey Hogenkamp: 2018 REU in the Evans Lab.
Shanna Hilborn: 2018 URA in the Evans Lab.
Zahraa Al-Tameemi:: 2018 URA in the Evans Lab.
Unser Hashsham: worked with the Cole group.
Cody Bekkering: Technician in Friesen Lab.
Alan Bowsher: Post-doc in Friesen Lab.
Aaron Garoutte: Post-doc in Friesen Lab.
Steve Gougherty: Technician in Evans Lab and Project Coordinator for MMPRNT.
Jeff Norman: Post-doc in Friesen Lab.
Shannon Carvey: Technician in Evans Lab.
Kevin Dougherty: Managed the Evans Lab.
Amanda Harden: Managed the Tiemann Lab.
Daniela Herrera: Summer 2017 research technician.
Will West: Post-doc in Evans Lab.
Jon Hileman: 2017 LTER-REU in Friesen Lab.
Harry Ervin: 2017 REU in Evans Lab.
Khalilah Smith: 2017 URA in Evans Lab.
Francisca Donkor: 2017 REU in Evans Lab.
Natalie VanDyke: Autumn 2016 research technician.
Kathryn Bloodworth: Summer 2016 REU student.
Kelechi Ukachukwu: Summer 2016 URA.
The MMPRNT project has been made possible though a grant from the United States Department of Energy.